Fitzgerald: too many in power willing to ignore public opinion

I find Eric Filsinger’s previous comments about the Prop. 420 voter initiative to be somewhat disingenuous.

David Fitzgerald

The real issue at stake is not the DDC or the wording of the ballot initiate. The issue is the same one that occurs at the state level to an even greater extent. That is, politicians are overtly willing to ignore public opinion, public interest and even the public good for their own selfish interest.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Charter was originally written with the intent to keep the land as pristine as possible forever. However, the attorney for the city of Scottsdale has taken it upon himself — for the coincidental benefit of a few ex-city employees and a few deep-pocketed developers — to interpret the wording of the Charter such that it would allow development on the Preserve.

When the public can no longer trust their elected officials to interpret the law in the best interest of the public, then our only recourse is to address the issue by changing the city Constitution.

Personally, I don’t believe that there is much at-risk by approving Prop. 420. However, I do believe that it is a sad commentary on the state of governance and politics in Scottsdale — and on the state level — that citizens have to resort to such measures to reign in the hubris of our elected officials.

Editor’s note: Mr. Fitzgerald is a resident of Scottsdale

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