Ortega: Untruthfulness tarnishes Scottsdale’s mural approval

Consideration of the Maverick Mural is essentially deliberation over a sliver of property that is 3 inches thick by the length of the north property line, 150.25 feet.

David Ortega

As I stated at the Development Review Board (DRB) meeting on Dec. 20, 2018, it is physically impossible to install any mural without trespassing upon Schade’s property. Since August 2018, Dewey Schade has advised city staff, and mural proponents that access was and is prohibited.

For five months, Bass, Marvin, Chen and Suchart pretended, diluted themselves into thinking that Mr. Schade’s U.S. Constitutional property rights do not matter.

Somehow, they believed that a limited, conditional DRB decision would entitle them to trample on Schade’s property.

View the City of Scottsdale video at scottsdaleaz.gov, search Development Review Board, video 12/20/2018. Aaron Bass stated they “would not step a foot” on Schade’s property.

They lied to staff, to every DRB member and to the public. Why? To secure approval.

At DRB, they submitted only two colors, but have attempted to apply five. That also was a lie. Pink, baby blue and light red are tagged samples.

Only Euro Blue and Madrid Rojo were submitted to DRB. Why lie? To secure approval.

I served 10 years on DRB including six as the architect member. All DRB approvals are stipulation and performance based.

On the nights of Dec. 27, 28, 29 the amateur muralistas tried to hijack Schade’s property. Corroborating evidence is so overwhelming. Of course the foursome have Constitutional rights — to tell it to a judge in court.

Had Marvin’s building been 4 or 5 feet within the property line, it would have been less of an issue. Probably.

Recently, Mr. Bass stated on public media, that denial of the mural would place a “cold chill” on future murals in Scottsdale. “It would force him to go to Phoenix, to be welcome,” or some such.

Ok, Mr. Bass. Go to Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler or Phoenix, and you will find that Arizona statutes prohibiting trespass, vandalism and lying to police apply there as well.

Editor’s Note: David Ortega is a former Scottsdale City Councilman.

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