Wittrock: I am a proponent of Scottsdale, will be voting ‘no’ on Prop. 420

I am a concerned Scottsdale Citizen against Proposition 420. I am a proponent for Scottsdale. Citizens who enjoy living here in a beautiful advancing city will vote “no” on Prop. 420.

Renee Wittrock

Those bringing the proposal to change the city’s charter, POP, engaged in a petition campaign that was executed in a hostile political environment that its affiliate, NoDDC, created by design.

Using intimidation, NoDDC, the movement’s political militia, has politicized POP’s effort to change the city’s Charter. I was personally lied to about what they were trying to achieve and what they were working against when they were collecting signatures to get this proposition on the ballot.

Our great city was not built on lies.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is being used as a vehicle for a group engaged in guerrilla warfare. Their crude tactics have tainted the initiative process and are now threatening the city’s Charter.

If their proposal passes, it would essentially put the city in a straitjacket. To do anything in the Preserve beyond repairing and maintaining existing trailheads or developing new ones already identified, would have to be approved by voters in an expensive election.

Furthermore, they are trying to stop the creation of a nature education center that the proposed uses were planned, supported and approved by the City Council in 2007 as part of the Municipal Use Master Site Plan for the Gateway Trailhead.

A nature education center was proposed to support the stewardship of the Preserve, educate residents, students and visitors about the wonders of the Sonoran Desert and tell the remarkable Scottsdale story of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Editor’s note: Ms. Wittrock is a resident of Scottsdale and founder of College Prep Mastery

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