Van Parys: far-reaching implications abound in 2018 Scottsdale political races

The midterms are nearly over; throughout the season, the Scottsdale Independent has heard from the residents of Scottsdale on a number of election related issues; I would be hard pressed to see an issue within local politics that has not been voiced in our local paper.

Tanner Van Parys

With one week to go, a majority many voters will have turned in their ballots and voted early, but the question on most people’s minds throughout our city is: will the developers have their way?

My name is Tanner, I was born at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital, attended Scottsdale schools, lived in a quiet neighborhood in south Scottsdale growing up with my three siblings.

I support Proposition 420.

I have been active on social media regarding this issue, whether it’s responding to the misinformation that Councilwoman Virginia Korte has been sharing on her Facebook page, or simply engaging in willful and spirited debate with differing minds on various posts.

One thing I have noted, is that those of us who publicly support Prop. 420, are being painted as part of some well-funded eco development scheme or portrayed as if we all live in the north part of the city and simply want to keep all those “pesky kids” of our hiking trails!

Here is my take on the proposition. I’m 23-years-old, and frankly, I don’t have enough money to buy a car outright, let alone a home anywhere near the Preserve. In fact; I’ve never stepped foot on the Preserve, and I could not be a more vocal proponent of Prop. 420, and it’s not for the reasons you may think.

I’ve been told that if 420 passes, it could make responding to natural disasters on the Preserve whether it be floods, fire, or meteor strike, requiring a vote costs money and makes responses cumbersome. I don’t disagree with that point.

I’ve also been told that 420 upends the democratic process in our city, by removing some power on this very specific issue from the City Council, the people entrusted to represent us. By definition, allowing the public to vote on what happens at the Preserve is more democratic than allowing the council to vote on it. I could not be more excited about the prospect of removing this minuscule, yet consequential, ability from our current City Council.

This is why: the Preserve needs to remain what it is, a Preserve.

The Scottsdale residents, the people who live, vote, and pay taxes throughout this city bought the Preserve, decided to invest in it, and do not want this natural wonder to be violated by acres of new development and construction crews.

Councilwoman Korte, David Smith, Linda Milhaven, and Mayor Jim Lane have publicly supported the idea of putting a scar on the face of our pristine Preserve, by wasting a projected $70 million dollars of taxpayer money for a discovery center, a physical location for information that you could get online, for a fraction of the cost, without desecrating a single square inch of land that the voters of Scottsdale paid $1 billion dollars to protect.

Let me be clear, I don’t like the idea of having to make this vote. However, due to the current City Council’s inability to listen to and respect the voters, and their arrogance to think they could trick their own constituents by running a misinformation campaign using the “Protect Our Preserve” tagline, rather than compete on the issues for this proposition. I highly encourage all of my fellow Scottsdale citizens, to vote “yes” on 420.

This dysfunctional, non-representative, arrogant City Council has played games with our money, our land, and our Preserve long enough. They have proven they do not deserve the ability to decide the future of the Preserve. Only when the council reflects the values and the will of the people, can we have a successful and prosperous city government.

  • Mayor Lane forces me to vote “yes.”
  • Virginia Korte, candidate for mayor in 2020, forces me to vote “yes.”
  • David Smith, candidate this cycle for the city council, forces me to vote “yes.”
  • Linda Milhaven, candidate this cycle for the city council, forces me to vote “yes.”

My fellow citizens, hold your council accountable, and join me in voting “yes,” since they have willfully and arrogantly ignored the will of the people of this city; we are left with no other choice.

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

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