Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
"Those are the types of tough decisions we have to make on the City Council," he says. "And I evaluate the projects on their merits."
He deflects and jumps into the way-back machine to criticize Pastor for her adamant support at the time of payday loans in 2007. At that time, Mario Diaz was reportedly working as a paid consultant for the payday industry and a paid fundraiser for Pastor's then-council campaign.
New Times' published the following in a 2007 column:
Laura Pastor's sole experience as a public official is her two-year tenure on the Encanto Village Planning Commission. In that capacity, she was asked to vote on code changes, being pushed by the city of Phoenix's planning department, to keep payday lenders from overwhelming residential neighborhoods.
Every planning commission in the city supported the code changes, and so, eventually, did the City Council.
But not Laura Pastor. She voted no -- and, in two different meetings, she made a point of defending the usurious payday lenders from municipal intervention.
You know who else was at one of the planning commission meetings where Pastor piped up? Mario Diaz. Records show he was being paid to lobby for the local association of payday lenders.
Pastor obviously had a change of heart.