Now is the Time – Please Vote!

By now, you have seen numerous campaign messages from candidates and from the proponents and opponents of the Alcohol Proposition. It now comes to your Vote.  Election day is TODAY and I am asking you to vote AGAINST!

I have served as your Mayor since 2008 and I hope I have met and exceeded your expectations of what you want in your elected official. It has been truly an honor and privilege to serve.

Many of you know it is a non-paid position that receives a small stipend. I’m essentially a volunteer and my term ends in 2017. The only thing I get out of your vote AGAINST is that Frisco continues the path towards sustainability, a safe community and a great place to raise a family and create good jobs.

It is not often that I ask our citizens for help, but I need your help on this one!

Specifically, I need your help to counter the paid consultants who have the goal to get this measure passed for their client. Please take a moment and help me protect our planned growth and quality of life by voting AGAINST on Saturday, May 7th.

On one side, you have:

• One establishment that wants to bypass all checks and balances that regulate how much alcohol they can sell and where they can sell it.

• Paid consultants who are rewarded financially for getting this measure to pass by confusing our voters how valuable it is to the city. Let’s be clear: It is valuable to them and to this establishment, not to our taxpayers, schools and businesses already in Frisco. It is not valuable to the thousands of volunteer hours our residents have put in to create a master plan for the City of Frisco, or the taxpayer investment in planned growth and public safety. It does not help us create more revenue and it does NOT help us keep your taxes low.

• Paid Poll Workers who will be at the polls telling how great this is for Frisco.
On the Other Side, you have the AGAINST vote and community leaders who have invested thousands of hours to make sure Frisco is sustainable, has great public safety, a top-notch education system and great quality of life:

Your elected officials that you trusted to protect our community all are AGAINST including:

• The Mayor

• All 6 sitting Council Members individually

• All candidates running for City Council

• All the candidates running for school board

• Three Past Frisco Mayors

• All the Frisco ISD Board members individually

• Various community and youth organizations

• The Frisco Chamber of Commerce

• Hundreds of volunteers who are Frisco residents who have taken the time to campaign against this, sit at polling location and give presentation to other groups.

• Many of our local restaurants and regional & international companies that operate restaurants including CRO Management, owners of Cantina Laredo, Silver Fox Steakhouse, El Chico, III Forks and other metroplex concepts, Louie Villasaliu, owner of Eddie’s Napolis Ristaurante Italiano, Stan’s Main Street, Manny’s Tex Mex Grill, Texadelphia Frisco, Celebrity Café’ & Bakery Frisco, Twisted Tortilla and Bonnie Ruth’s Café Trottoir Et Patisseria at The Shops of Starwood.

I think it is pretty clear that this proposition is not good for Frisco. Please join me and all the others by making it crystal clear: Vote AGAINST today from 7AM to 7PM.

Please share this message. Please let your family and friends know and please VOTE.  SHARE THIS MESSAGE PLEASE.

Resources:

interview last night: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Frisco-Voters-to-Decide-on-Controversial-Liquor-Petition-378491455.html

www.keepingfriscofirst.com

www.friscotexas.gov

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POPULAR FRISCO RESTAURANTS UNITE AGAINST MAY 7 ALCOHOL PROPOSITION

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce issued this press release regarding the election on Saturday May 7, from 7AM to 7PM.  I hope you join them in voting AGAINST the alcohol proposition. Please Vote!

Governmental Affairs

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Tuesday May 3rd – Last day to EARLY vote

Today, Tuesday, May 3rd, is the last day for early voting.  The polls are open until 7PM tonight. Please make your voice heard, vote for new Council Members & vote AGAINST the alcohol proposition. Information on polling locations can be found HERE.  In short, if you live in Collin County, you can vote at any Collin County polling location. If you live in Denton County portion of Frisco, you can vote at ANY Denton County polling location.

I am asking for your help and support in voting AGAINST the alcohol proposition.  You have received countless social media ads, phone calls and mailers by the paid consultants and workers that are pushing to pass this issue.  This ballot item is about one bar in Frisco that is not meeting the TABC requirements and that is trying to change the rules.  The messages you have received attempt to confuse the issue. They make it sound like Frisco is losing millions – we are not.  They make it sound like if you do not support this item, things will change in Frisco. They will not.  In short:

  • If you vote against: Nothing Changes.  You can still buy bear and wine in Frisco. You can still have a bar, with approval, in Frisco. You can still have a drink with dinner in Frisco.  If you vote for, then bars can locate anywhere in the city that has retail zoning without city control. We (YOU) can’t say no.  You can have liquor stores anywhere in the city that has retail zoning.  We (YOU) can’t say no.
  • Every current and past Mayor is voting AGAINST.  Every Council Member is voting AGAINST. They understand he issue and all feel the same way: THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR FRISCO AND OUR SUSTAINABILITY.  Will you support us – volunteers that have given thousands of hours to make Frisco successful or will you support special interest groups, ONE BAR that wants to make more money  and paid consultants who tell you how good this is for you?  Please help us stay on track by joining me and voting AGAINST.
  • They say we will lose Millions.  They are right.  Frisco is a very successful community. One of the lowest crime rates in the Country.  One of the lowest, if not lowest, tax rate of any city over 100,000 in North Texas. We have great balance, great school, low taxes, great quality of life. What will it cost us if we lose that balance? You are making a choice of how we develop by this vote.  Do we stay on plan?   To repeat: FRISCO HAS LOWER PROPERTY TAXES THAN ANY OF THE CITIES MENTIONED in their WITHOUT ALCOHOL SALES.
  • They say that restaurants will not stay open until 2AM without this vote and that they will go to Plano. Did you know Plano has the SAME EXACT rules that we do when it comes to bars? They cannot locate in Plano without a special use permit. The same thing we have now in Frisco. What this vote will do is allow BARS to locate anywhere there is retail zoning in Frisco WITHOUT city council (your elected officials) control.  Do you really want that?

I enjoy serving our community. I receive a small stipend every month to cover minor expenses. I volunteer my time to make Frisco the best and safest city in the country. I will not profit if you vote AGAINST. I have nothing to gain except keeping your taxes low and quality of life high if you vote AGAINST.  I am asking for your HELP – you can make a difference. Please join me in voting AGAINST today until 7PM or this Saturday from 7AM – 7PM.

Thank You!

Mayor Maher Maso

 

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Please Vote

Early Voting has Started! You will be going to the polls to elect two Frisco Council members and to vote on an alcohol proposition being presented by a local establishment. Also, depending on where you live in Frisco – you will be voting on ISD Trustees.

In the context of all the marketing being done by the pro-alcohol consultants and paid help, I created this post where I will attempt to add a new part to it every day during early Voting. My version of the top-10 list! Remember, the wording on the ballot is what THIS BUSINESS THAT BEGAN THIS EFFORT WANTED TO BE. It is not clear what you are voting on. The simplest way to explain it:  If you vote AGAINST – nothing will change. You can still purchase mixed drinks in restaurants, buy beer and wine in stores and visit private clubs in Frisco that can sell more than 50% of sales in alcohol.  If you vote for it, one of the outcomes will be that BARS can locate anywhere that retail zoning exists without further approvals by the City Council. This may include the empty lot near your home. The City Council cannot RESTRICT THEM if this passes.

Why vote AGAINST – My Daily Reasons?

DAY 3, 4 & 5 early voting reasons to vote AGAINST: 

IS THIS ABOUT MONEY?

On one side, slick newspaper-like advertisements, high-paid consultants and a highly respected economist. All of us have seen the myriad of reasons why we should vote to open up Frisco more than almost any other community in North Texas with bars and alcohols sales and at the top of the list is how much money we are losing to other cities!

On the other side is every single council member in the City of Frisco. Every single candidate running for city council. Every single school board trustee. The Frisco Chamber of Commerce, PTA’s and homeowner associations, past mayors, past council members and numerous other leaders.  In almost every case, volunteers who live in Frisco, who spend thousands of hours trying to make Frisco the best possible place to live.  Who truly care about our community.  They are involved. They know the facts.

There is a big difference between hired professionals paid to get this across the finish line and volunteers in our community trying to make Frisco a better place.  There is a big difference between one bar in Frisco that is trying to maximize their profits and community volunteers who are not making a profit out of this – they are only in it for a better community.  The alcohol paid consultants and bar are telling you why this is good for you. It’s not good for you. It is good for them and only them.

I know the consultants. They know what they are doing. They are good at what they are doing.  I have respect for them as a company, they are the best at what they do. But, the citizens of Frisco have to recognize that it is their job to convince you of their message.  In most cases – they will have a contingency fee – a large amount of dollars they will get if this passes.  Their pay is directly tied to their success.  They are so good at it, I am answering a lot of questions about this “lost revenue”. Their message has worked on some.

Yet we have volunteers know that the revenue comes with real costs, including lost opportunities and other expenses that they fail to mention  I am one of those volunteers. The only gain I receive is ensuring the quality of life in Frisco, the long-term sustainability of Frisco and the low taxes in Frisco. I do not make any money if this passes or fails.  My contingency when you vote AGAINST is that Frisco will stick to plan. My contingency fee, along with the other leaders, is quality of life, sustainability of our community and the jobs created here by having the right demographics for companies.

The consultants talk about lost revenue to nearby cities.  I will let you in on a little secret:  Frisco has a lower property tax rate than every one of them.  Our quality of life, low crime AND focused planning is keeping our property taxes low, not the fact that we don’t have alcohol sales.  This entire election is about one bar that, in my opinion, verges on the edge of being a sexually oriented business, wanting to sell more alcohol.  The consultants do a great job of trying to confuse the issue.

The consultants mention that many of our restaurants or “clubs” do not open until 2am and that Plano gets all of those clubs and that we need this to pass so that more clubs can open until 2AM.  Did you know that Plano regulates clubs the same way we currently do – they must get a special use permit from the city to sell more than 50%?  WE ARE IDENTICAL TO PLANO IN NOT ALLOWING BARS with going to the city for approval as a private club.

The paid consultants continue to push the lost revenue from not allowing bars to come up on every corner (yes, that is what can happen if this passes – the city will not have any control).  I have a question for you which is what the title of this post is – Is this about money?   If it is and our residents want us to  create more revenue and not worry about sustainability and planned growth, the city council can approve many things that will generate even more money. Do you really want us to?  Do you really want some of those high-impact uses in our city?  Do you want uses near your neighborhood that will lower your quality of life to just make more money?  I promised, when I ran for Mayor, to keep taxes low, to create jobs, to help build a sustainable city and keep a high QUALITY OF LIFE.  I didn’t promise to bring new revenue to the city at all costs. I promised to bring the RIGHT kind of growth.

Please join me in voting AGAINST and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same thing. Let’s keep Frisco First – not the paid consultants and one bar that is pushing for this to pad their bottom line.

 

Day 2 early voting reason to vote AGAINST: The bar that is trying to push this proposition through to increase their bottom line and profits at Frisco’s expense is promising you a free beer if you vote.

I can’t promise you a free beer – I can only promise you to continue to do everything in my power to represent Frisco to the best of my ability, to always work my hardest to protect our community and to represent us to the world as the best place to do business and raise a family. Will you help me by voting AGAINST?

Day 1 early voting reason to vote AGAINST: I sent out a note asking for your support in helping me represent and protect Frisco. I need our citizens to be involved on this issue. Please Join me!   (posted from facebook):

Please join me in voting AGAINST the alcohol proposition on the ballot. It is there because SPECIAL INTEREST, PAID LOBBYIST and CONSULTANTS are trying to change the rules for a business that is not meeting the 50% alcohol requirements. I do not ask our community for much – but I’m asking for your support to just say NO (AGAINST) to others trying to bring a free-for-all in our community.

Leave control of how BARS get to operate in our city in the control of the City Council, not special interests. Please tell your friends as the consultants hired by this bar are spending and have spent a large amount of money on convincing our residents this is good for our city. IT IS ONLY GOOD FOR THEM – NOT OUR CITY.

Please go to the polls starting today and vote.

 

How can you help?

  1. Vote AGAINST!
  2. Call, Talk or E-mail all your friends and family to Vote!
  3. Share this link with all your social media sites and groups. The power of one can become many. Frisco First!
  4. Remind your family and friends to vote (again)!  We are all busy with life – but we can’t take this issue for granted. It can change the face and success of Frisco and send us in the wrong direction.
  5. To learn more about why you should vote AGAINST, visit:  http://keepingfriscofirst.com/
  6. Election Information can be found here:  http://friscotexas.gov/1143/May-2016-Elections
  7. Remember:  VOTE AGAINST
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Vote Against Alcohol Ballot Item

Yesterday, I posted a twitter and facebook message asking our residents for help in voting AGAINST the alcohol proposition.

I have had the honor to serve the City of Frisco and our citizens as Mayor for the last 8 years. It is a volunteer role, but well over full-time in the committment it takes. I wake up every day thinking of how much of a privilege it is to be allowed to serve our community and I do my best to live up to the trust you have placed in me.

It is not often I ask for help, but this is one of those times. There is a lot of noise out there about the alcohol proposition. The establishment that is attempting to change the rules for the entire city to benefit their alcohol sales has invested a large amount of money to get this proposition to pass.  They are not able to meet the rules that govern their operation, so they are trying to change them. .  This alcohol proposition not about Frisco, but about one business trying to become a bar at all costs.  Frisco believes in market driven success, but we also believe in planning and following the rules. The number of complaints I receive about this business and how they operate is an area of concern to me.

My service to our community is based on a promise I made to protect Frisco and to make sure special interests do not interfere with our quality of life and for self gain. To do that, I need your support and vote AGAINST the proposition.

Please go vote now – early voting has started. Additional information can be found at http://keepingfriscofirst.com/

For election location, dates and times, visit the City of Frisco election information page at http://friscotexas.gov/1143/May-2016-Elections

Please share this information with your family and friends. You can make a difference!  I am reaching out to you as a resident, parent and volunteer in Frisco and this view is not the view of the City of Frisco, which must take a neutral position on election items.

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Cornyn Meets with Frisco Mayor Maher Maso

Mayor Maso and Senator Cornyn meeting in DC

Mayor Maso and Senator Cornyn meeting in DC

 

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator – Texas
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Drew Brandewie, (202) 224-0704

Libby Hambleton, (512) 461-7036

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cornyn Meets with Frisco Mayor Maher Maso

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) met today with the City of Frisco Mayor, Maher Maso, to discuss the city’s economic and public safety initiatives.  Please see photo attached and below.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.

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