Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Some of you are very familiar with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. Years ago, Scottsdale voters voted themselves a tax increase to raise money to purchase as much land as possible on the west side of the McDowell Mountains. The idea was to preserve the land from development and to maintain an environment that represented the Sonoran desert for future generations and as a place for desert lovers and hikers to use and enjoy, free from commercial enterprise.
All but two members of the Scottsdale City Council are embedded with developers outside the state and they have struck a deal to build what citizens call the Desert Disney Land. The city gave it the name of Desert Discovery Center (DDC) but recently changed the name to Desert Edge. The original plan was to build this huge installation on 30 acres of land in the PRESERVE! The citizens, who do not want this land developed and paid nearly $1Billion to buy the land, had made such a mockery of the Desert Disney Land that a name change was made to divert the attention of the citizens. That plan seems not to be working!
Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield paid for a poll to be taken to find out if the citizens did or did not want the land developed. We will publish that later.
Because only Councilman Guy Phillips joined Littlefield in opposing this project, the organized opposition has taken action against the City of Scottsdale. Ordinarily, we would oppose such action as it will be paid for by the citizens through their taxes. However, the citizens essentially own that land and this group represents the interests of the taxpayers. Unlike Mayor Jim Lane, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, Councilwoman Linda Milhaven, Councilwoman Virginia Korte and Councilman David Smith, all of whom are sold out to developers and the Chamber of Commerce. Side note: up for re-election in 2018 are Littlefield, Milhaven, Smith. The primary issue is that Littlefield and Phillips believe the voters should decide whether to build this project in the Preserve. That they own. The other five believe they should bypass the voters and and make that decision themselves.
NoDDC and Protect Our Preserve (POP) joined forces to take legal action against the city of Scottsdale, challenging their authority to build the DDC or Desert Edge in the Preserve.
Know that throughout this process, we will not compromise our two shared goals.
1. Our Charter must provide that there will never be construction or commercial types of activities on the Preserve.
2. The DDC, if built, must not be on the Preserve properties.
We remain committed to getting the DDC/DE moved outside the Preserve and also in putting a citizen ballot measure on a future ballot that will modify the city charter to not allow ANY construction in the Preserve without a public vote. This second goal is to protect the Preserve now and into the future against an intrusion such as the proposed Desert Edge.
Please be assured we are in this fight to win it and protect the Preserve against any future similar projects. We will also do our best to protect the Scottsdale tax payer from the negative impacts of this project.
Howard Myers Protect Our Preserve
Betty Janik Protect Our Preserve
Kate Conway Protect Our Preserve
Jason Alexander NoDDC
Mike Norton NoDDC
Pat Shaler NoDDC
UPDATE ON MATCHING FUNDS CAMPAIGN
We have 15 days left to raise $6000 in contributions to claim all of the matching funds from our anonymous donor. PLEASE, make your contribution now! Litigation is expensive.
To contribute by check: pay to Protect Our Preserve and mail to
Protect Our Preserve
Carefree, AZ 85377
Or go to our website www.protectourpreserve.org and donate with PayPal or GoFundMe.
COURT HEARING FOR POP & NoDDC vs CITY OF SCOTTSDALE - NEW DATE
The date for our first hearing has been changed to October 31 at 8:45 AM with Judge Brnovich in Superior Court, 18380 N 40th Street. Please attend. A strong showing of our supporters helps the cause.
CATCH A PRESENTATION BY HOWARD MYERS, PRESERVE ADVOCATE and SANDY SCHENKAT on TOURISM DOLLARS
Finally, Howard Myers will be presenting at the meeting of the Scottsdale Community Council this Thursday, Oct 19, at 7 PM Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale. All are invited to attend. Topic is the History of the Preserve and objections to the Desert Edge Proposal. Sandy Schenkat will also speak and provide updates on the Tourism Board (finances).
As always, Thanks for your continued support,
Betty Janik, Treasurer POP
Howard Myers, Betty Janik, and Kate Conway, Directors