Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
[Editor: AFA does not like corruption anywhere but especially in governmental affairs. Until this issue of SB1200 came up this session and it seemed such an obvious bill to put into law did we know about the corruption that occurs in the Arizona Historical Society. Most of us didn't take note of this effort that primarily benefited school kids. SB1200 passed overwhelmingly by Republicans and Democrats because it was GOOD POLICY. But not to Gov Ducey. His heart is with the corrupt elite who have a death grip on the Governor's office, the budget for state run museums and the elite cocktail party circuit. You can learn more about why this is important for education of our kids but putting 'mineral museum' in the searchbox in the upper right corner.]
Two witnesses at the April 17th AHS State Board meeting were shocked by what they heard. Making disparaging remarks about mineral museum supporters and the Legislature, attendees discussed their determination to use the Governor to convert the mineral museum into a “protocol meeting room and reception area for the Governor.” They made derogatory remarks about the mineral museum and its K-12 education programs. They also discussed their hopes of recruiting Senator Adam Driggs to frustrate Legislative efforts to stop their plan.
They also observed how the AHS is stonewalling the Legislature and the Office of the Auditor General over the findings of the unsatisfactory performance (Sunset) review. Representatives of the OAG reported that, after all this time, only 5 out of 45 deficiencies have been corrected.
Clearly, current AHS leadership has no interest in education, children, or even history. They are solely focused on their selfish interest of having a posh trophy facility near the Capitol that functions as a cocktail lounge for lobbyists. They also have no respect for state statutes or administrative policies.
This confirms claims made on this blog since 2010. Since 2009, the AHS has coveted a prestigious presence on the capitol mall, and they coveted the historic mineral museum building. Even though multiple efforts to achieve their goal have failed over the past five years, they still hold the building hostage for their dreams.
Kids be damned. They were in the way.
Note: Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs (now deceased) was a leader in the AHS effort to eliminate the mineral museum. However, Senator Adam Driggs voted for SB1200.
Who were the two witnesses?
Our source is impeccable and preferred not to reveal those names since it was not a part of the public record.