September 6, 2018 in Prop 420 Scottsdale, Protect Our Preserve

Barry and the Letter “Y”

Barry, Me and the Mountains Sounds like a bad 80s sitcom. But in the early 90’s I had the honor of being invited over to the late Senator Barry Goldwater’s…
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September 3, 2018 in Prop 420 Scottsdale

YES PROP 420 or NO PROP 420?

Yes Prop 420 or No Prop 420? Protect OUR Preserve or Protect YOUR Preserve? Good questions but the answer is obvious. Prop 420 makes a small but critical change the…
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We’re working to keep the McDowell Sonoran Preserve free of commercial development. Free of the Desert Discovery Center (DDC), which is now called Desert EDGE. Desert EDGE is a multi-building development to teach people about the Preserve and how important our Sonoran desert is. Yes, let’s destroy part of a preserve so we can tell people not to destroy it. That’s sarcasm and it would be funny if it weren’t true. Help us stop corrupt city officials and developers. Help us stop Desert EDGE! VOTE #YESprop420

A “YES” vote would have the effect of forcing any construction in the Preserve, beyond trailheads and trails, to go to a public vote. Right now, the majority of the Scottsdale city council members (the ones in the pockets of developers) feel they can say what can be built in the Preserve. And they are trying to fast-track bulldozers into the Preserve to build the Desert Edge (formerly Desert Discovery Center). #YESprop420

WHAT IS PROP 420?

Scottsdale Proposition 420 makes a small, but critical, change to our Scottsdale City Charter. It guarantees that any construction in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or spending of Preserve Funds, other than for trails, trailheads, maintenance, or restoration, MUST go to a vote of Scottsdale citizens.

A YES vote to Proposition 420 leaves in place the Preserve’s current management structure. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission and experienced city staff remain responsible for the Preserve’s daily operations. Access for first responders, remediation efforts, and expansion of parking facilities at existing trailheads are ALL permitted.

A YES vote to Prop 420 protects the Preserve from development. The charter change won’t prohibit Scottsdale’s City Council from proposing to build a Desert Edge — it mandates that voters get to make the final decision. “Our Preserve, Our Vote”.This is a fair compromise that respects citizens’ authority over land we taxed ourselves to buy, and allows Council the chance to propose development not authorized on the 1998 or 2004 ballots.

A YES vote to 420 maintains Preserve access for all, supports current educational programming, and keeps entry to the Preserve free of charge.The Preserve has three magnificent interpretive trails, at Gateway, Brown’s Ranch, and Lost Dog trailheads, which are accessible to people with disabilities. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers a robust schedule of free, hands-on, educational opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience. These events take place in classrooms, seated under shade at the trailheads, and in the field. You simply need to get out of your car to enjoy the Preserve for free. The Conservancy is a 700+ volunteer, non-profit organization that works cooperatively with the City of Scottsdale, and does not cost the City a dime. The Desert Edge is proposed to have a $6 million annual budget and a $1.8 – $3 million annual operations deficit.

Our YES to 420 community believes in inclusiveness. We’ve heard from fellow citizens who think that the Preserve should provide more opportunities for all people to enjoy it. The day after this election, I vow to reach out to organizations like Ability 360 to continue this conversation and engage the thousands of members of our online and offline NoDDC and Protect Our Preserve PAC communities. First though, we must ensure that the rights of every Scottsdale voter are secured.

Yes, there are those who oppose Prop 420. Most of the well-connected advocates for the Desert Edge development recently submitted comments for publication in the upcoming election’s official ballot pamphlet. It seems they have two main contentions to “YES to 420.”

First, the Desert Edge advocates say Prop 420 keeps people out of the Preserve. This is not true. The free access we all enjoy to the Preserve will continue. However, if a Desert Edge is constructed in the Preserve, one barrier Scottsdale citizens and visitors will have is its $57 daily admission fee for a family of four, as proposed in the Desert Edge’s business plan.

Second, opponents claim that Prop 420 will cripple the management of the Preserve. I wonder if they have even read the proposition? Here is a link to the actual text. As you can easily see in this very short document, there is nothing in Prop 420 that would make any change to the current management or operations of the Preserve.  Maintenance is permitted, restoration is allowed, new trails can be fashioned, parking expanded if needed, and management will continue to be overseen by city staff, City Council, and the citizen-led McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission.

Our Preserve, Our Vote! #YESprop420

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The Desert Discovery Center (DDC) is now call Desert EDGE. New name. Same bad idea. BUT Prop 420 can stop it in its tracks. YES Prop 420!

We’re fighting to keep commercial development out of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

NO DESERT EDGE!

Whether it’s called the Desert Discovery Center or Desert EDGE, it does not belong in the Preserve.

The people of Scottsdale voted for a Preserve, not a tourist attraction. It’s hard to believe they want to build a series of huge buildings to show what the desert looks like. Go outside!

“Preserve Our Preserve” is a bogus business group who, despite their name, is advocating for commercial development in the Preserve. Don’t believe their BS.

You can help by donating to the legal fund at www.noddc.org

Citizens of Scottsdale need to band together to stop the corrupt politicians and developers who have been trying to sneak the Desert EDGE, (Desert Discovery Center) into the Preserve.

Yes Prop 420!

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THE DESERT DISCOVERY CENTER, AKA DESERT EDGE

Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, Inc. is an organization established for the purpose of destroying a portion of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for profit and greed. The organization grew out of a corrupt group of developers and fake preservationists who formed to advance the Desert Destruction Center concept by working in secret. The group has moved from the shadows with a team that has the knowledge, expertise and passion to steal money from public tax dollars that the citizens of Scottsdale voted to use to purchase more land for preservation. The proposed Desert Discovery Center/Desert EDGE conducted no real public outreach or public debate; and instead explored the pirating of public funds for the project.

The DDC consists of Scottsdale community blood-suckers and highly paid consultants who are not true supporters of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The board has assembled a professional team that is dedicated only to their own egos and bank accounts. Collectively, this team has deep knowledge, insight and understanding into the history of and vision for the Preserve but has decided to ignore it and the will of the people.

Envisioned in 1993, the Desert Discovery Center was shot down as a bad idea then. But just like a bad burrito it came up again. Scottsdale citizens are now in a fight to stop this abhorrent idea. What idiots would think it’s a good idea to build a museum on the Preserve to show what the desert is like?

YES Prop 420!

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If you want to know who in our community doesn’t know the definition of the word “preserve”. Here’s a list of those spearheading this abhorrent project.

SCOTTSDALE CITY “LEADERS” WHO SUPPORT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PRESERVE

Virginia Korte
Linda Milhaven
David N. Smith

DESERT DISCOVERY CENTER SCOTTSDALE, INC. BOARD

Christine Kovach, Chair
Mike Surguine, Vice-Chair
Mike Miller, Treasurer
Lynne Lagarde, Secretary
Dr. Art DeCabooter
Diana Yazzie Devine
Joan Fudala
John Graham
Dan Gruber
Steve Hilton

EX-OFFICIO

Rachel Sacco
Wellington Reiter

ADVISORY BOARD

Richard Bowers
Dr. Robert Breunig
Dr. Lattie Coor
John Flicker
Dr. Jan Gehler
Robert Perciasepe

STAFF

Executive Director
Sam Campana

Director of Development
Randy Schilling

Executive Assistant
Cecilia Riviere

Hall of Shame
Larry Kush