I was copied on an email today from a citizen warning about a proposed Scottsdale real estate development that intends to displace a number of senior citizens. How many times have I heard this before? Let me count them…no, not really.
Here’s my reply:
The developers of projects like this wouldn’t pursue them if they weren’t almost certain to get away with it.
This developer will undoubtedly ask for zoning concessions; ie, relief from laws that were put in place to protect existing residents…to protect community character, quality of life, and property values for those of us who live here.
And he’ll get what he wants because those who claim to “protect our safe and clean neighborhoods” (First listed priority, Dennis Robbins campaign mailer received today, 31 Oct 2014) have convincingly lied to the citizens to get elected, and then consistently voted the other way on projects like this.
Even worse: “Priorities for Scottsdale: [#1] Protect our historic neighborhoods and unique communities” (Linda Milhaven campaign mailer 15 Oct 2014).
Linda Milhaven and Dennis Robbins (along with Mayor Jim Lane, council members Suzanne Klapp, and Virginia Korte) have NEVER voted FOR a neighborhood and AGAINST zoning concessions for adjacent development when their votes would have really mattered. Blue Sky, Solis, Optima Sonoran Village, Los Aguas, Mark Taylor at SkySong, Reata Ranch, Broadstone…and that’s just what I can name in one breath.
I had to laugh today when I got the “Scottsdale United” dark money mailer which proudly proclaimed that Milhaven and Robbins (along with Jennifer Petersen) “signed a civility statement for council behavior,” and implied that their opponents don’t support civility. I guess technically speaking, honesty isn’t a requirement for civility.
I should point out, too, that “civility” isn’t the brainchild of this city council, the “Scottsdale Leadership” organization, or any other johnny-come-lately individual or group. It’s in Scottsdale’s General Plan. The citizen-ratified, organic law, 2001 General Plan, right in the Community Involvement vision statement:
City processes will be characterized by deliberation, dialogue, and thoughtful, respectful discussion, followed by collaboration for informed decisions and creative solutions.