OPINION: Some on Scottsdale City Council are getting it right

I sense a much-needed directional change is taking place in the world of “business as usual” Scottsdale politics.

Michael Fernandez

Michael Fernandez

Nothing makes that more evident than the request of the Scottsdale City Council at the recent transit work study session to remove fixed rail transit from Scottsdale’s Transportation Master Plan.

The 5 to 2 request came about over the objections of “consultant class” councilmembers Korte and Milhaven, both of whom are past honchos of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.

It’s becoming evident the majority of Scottsdale citizens have awakened to the fact we are about to lose all that is near and dear to us if we don’t put a stop to the shenanigans of politicians who carry water for the “power-broker-establishment-players” who are simply out to feather their own nest!

Councilmember Klapp — also a member of the consultant class — may be viewed as an enigma; however, this time she got it right. She knows a person’s word is their bond and I trust she will continue to stand with the over 250 small business owners in the downtown area of Scottsdale, in their opposition to fixed-rail transit in Scottsdale.

We are most fortunate to have elected officials in Scottsdale who have honor, strength of character and the fortitude to stand tall and do what is right by our city and its citizens.

I particularly want to single out councilmember Guy Phillips. He was elected to the city council in part, due to his opposition to Light Rail transit coming into Scottsdale. From my observations, let there be no doubt Phillips is his own Guy. His comment during the meeting to “drive a stake through the heart of Light Rail” was stellar Councilman Phillips.

As I listened intently to every single word of the four-hour session, it became increasingly apparent the leadership skills of the majority were based in reality and they possessed the true visionary qualities necessary for directing Scottsdale’s future transportation needs.

Mayor Jim Lane along with councilmembers Suzanne Klapp, Kathy Littlefield, David Smith and Guy Phillips deserve kudos for this exemplary action!

Let’s hope the “consultant class” councilmembers get the peoples memo and start putting the citizens first.

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


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