Austin: Behind Scottsdale’s dubious bond survey

I have nothing to lose by being totally honest and transparent.

Emily Austin

Like me or despise me, I am honest. That can’t be said that about Jason Rose, Mike Norton and others.

Mr. Rose refused to release the entire bond telephone script but statistics from this unsubstantiated scant poll of 300 people in a city of 240,000 residents are infiltrating Scottsdale.

A goal of $400,000 is being raised for advertising purposes to bombard the media, mailboxes and surely street corners. Hopefully Mr. Rose will at least take my suggestion to use recyclable or biodegradable materials for political signs, which otherwise will end up in landfills.

Surely he can afford it with his donations. Seventy-five of the people who were part of the telephone poll were 18 to 44 and my hunch is that most voters who are under the age of 30 probably don’t know or care much about property taxes and how Scottsdale is run.

In the meantime Mr. Rose, Jason Alexander and Mike Norton are trying to belittle, discredit and shun me.

Mr. Rose said I insulted the integrity of the marketing company who conducted the poll. It’s Mr. Rose’s use of the data I don’t trust, not the marketing company.

I have also been blocked from Jason Alexander’s NoDDC page and Mr. Rose’s Bond Facebook page. They apparently don’t want people in the community to see my comments accusing them of not being transparent and honest.

The lack of poll transparency is no different than when Melinda Gulick said 62% of people approved of the DDC. Some of the same people who were very disturbed by her unsubstantiated claims now appear to be complicit in a similar situation.

Mr. Rose won’t release the full script, probing questions, etc. to me because he says I’m the “opponent” and wants to make me the enemy.

How sad bond committee members have no problem with this lack of disclosure. And speaking of “dozens” of committee members who have joined the cause, it will take some time to go through the list and see how many of them are going to financially profit from the bond passage.

Are there contractors, zoning attorneys, builders, etc. on the committee for personal gain? People like Larry Kush have no business being on the bond committee nor the Planning Commission because it’s just too incestuous — the good ol’ boys club, especially when they use CMAR bidding.

There is no way I would be a part of a committee where they hide information and manipulating surveys. Do you really believe up to 83% (249 people out of 300) would say they approved of bond questions regarding hundreds of millions of dollars when they don’t know anything about it? Really?

That’s not how Scottsdale constituents roll. They like to study the issues, so the probing questions obviously were used to manipulate and sway people to answer questions the way they wanted them to.

Like Mike Norton wrote to me…”I realize that I can persuade people by the manner I use to phrase the question.” Does that sit well with you? The bond should pass on its own merits.

I would appreciate it if Mr. Rose released all of the data and then I will be able to move on to the actual issue…the BOND!

I had a nice chat with Bill Murphy last evening and plan to get together with him to have a tour of a sports complex to try to understand why a $40 million parking lot/soccer fields cost so much. I would like to suggest ideas to make this proposed project phenomenal and world class for more to enjoy.

Mr. Murphy explained some of the details to me. This is the kind of information I need in order to make an informed decision. I do support the police and firefighters. Give them whatever they need to keep them and our community safe. I’m not so sure about some of the other projects.

Greed and dishonesty plagues Scottsdale.

We need honesty and transparency, which is possible even though people tell me all the time how ugly and dirty politics is. Well contrary to what some might think, I’m an optimist.

Many said keeping commercial construction out of the Preserve would be impossible, but we did it. Now we just have to keep the proposed E-bikes out of the preserve. No motorized vehicles! We are ADA compliant already.

We can and will have a better and more honest Scottsdale. Anything is possible!

Editor’s Note: Emily Austin is a resident of Scottsdale.

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