9/6/2012: Updated with links (below) to more information on the Echo project and the City Council video.
The City Council just finished deliberations on the high-density housing project known as Echo at Windgate [AZ Central article] with a 5-2 vote to approve. The video of the City Council meeting is very telling and this case clearly illustrates many of the issues that have generate so much resident dissatisfaction over the past ten years. Notable:
Public comment from Mark Stuart at about time index 00:07:00.
Dialog on the Echo item begins at 00:00:14.
My remarks begin at about 01:30:00.
An hysterically arrogant comment from zoning attorney John Berry at 02:33:00.
The most notable points about these hours of discussion is that “neighborhood protector” Suzanne Klapp voted without hesitation to ignore the General Plan and principles of zoning to screw the residents of the Windgate neighborhood.
Neighborhood protectors Virginia Korte and Eric Luoma not only didn’t go to the microphone to defend this neighborhood, they weren’t even in the building!
I hope you’ll remember this when it comes time to vote in the General Election on November 6th. The only candidates who showed up and spoke to defend this neighborhood were NOT the ones who spent tens of thousands of dollars to send you campaign literature bragging about protecting neighborhoods: Guy Phillips, Chris Schaffner, and Joanne “Copper” Phillips.