In a recent example of press release journalism in the Scottsdale “Independent,” Virginia Korte is quoted:
“Putting horse troughs in front of downtown stores is not going to keep Scottsdale the ‘West’s Most Western Town.’”
That one dishonest statement sums up Korte’s sincerity about the so-called “Community Conversation” about the future of Scottsdale she’s proposing. Like Vern Swaback’s recycled My Turn column in the Republic recently, discrediting her opponents as some sort of latter day Philistines is nothing more than insulting rhetoric. I’ve never heard anyone ask the City Council to install horse troughs or anything even close to it.
Mostly, Korte’s opponents just want her (along with mayor Jim Lane and the rest of their council cronies) to follow the rules. What rules? Standby for more…
[Korte] wants community members — elected, executive and everyday Joes — to come together to help local leaders build a vision the city of Scottsdale ought to be pursuing.
Yeah nice idea. Unfortunately, it wasn’t HER idea. And like her Desert Discovery Center proposal, it’s already been done. That “vision” is called “the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan,” which was borne out of a process that started over twenty years ago, and was ratified by the citizens at the polls.
The General Plan is (along with the citizen-ratified City Charter) the organic law of Scottsdale. Yet Korte and Cronies have spent nearly the entire time since that ratification trying to undermine and erode the high development standards it demands.
To add insult to injury, Korte proposes to have Mark Hiegel’s Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce pull together this grand pow wow. Yep, the same campaign finance law-breaking Chamber of Commerce that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting development-friendly candidates and initiatives.
“We want to pick people on both sides of the issues to make sure we are getting it right to move Scottsdale forward in the right direction.”
Since one of Hiegel’s higher-profile members recently referred to me publicly as “a pile of dog feces,” I’m guessing I won’t be one of those invited to this “community conversation.”
So much for Korte’s proposal that we “…respectfully hash out differences…”