Don’t Let Your Scottsdale Tax Money Fund Charter School Park Causing Traffic Jams (Possible Deaths)

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Sign Petition to Prevent Traffic Problems from Charter School Getting Free City Land for Sports Complex Using Scottsdale Taxpayers’ $$

Here is the collision history for the Pima Road segment from Loop 101 to Legacy Boulevard, which includes the intersection of Trailside View and Pima Road.

Our most recent collision data for that segment is from 2014. Six accidents occurred during 2014, which is a .55 collision rate (number of collisions per million vehicle miles). For comparison, this segment ranks 204 out of 324 segments in the city for collision rate (where the segment ranking first has the highest collision rate and the segment ranking 324 has the lowest collision rate). The highest collision rate was 9.59 on Camelback Road between Hayden Road and Granite Reef Road, and the segment with the highest number of collisions was Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard from Greenway Hayden Loop to Hayden Road, which had 53 collisions.

Data on the volume of traffic on the Pima Road segment that includes Trailside View: average daily traffic volume is 40,000, which ranks 21 out of 324 segments.

Don’t Let Your Scottsdale Tax Money Funding of Private School – Help Keep Public Land Public

Please sign our petition, preserve our city and help stop a private school: http://www.politiceur.com/politics/sign-petition-dont-let-scottsdale-tax-money-fund-a-private-school-park-help-keep-public-land-public/

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Sign Petition Don’t Let Your Scottsdale Tax Money Fund a Charter School Park – Keep Public Land Public

Don't-Let-Your-Scottsdale-Tax-Money-Fund-Private-School-Park-Causing-Traffic-Jams-Possible-Deaths__Residents of Scottsdale, I urge you to read and sign this petition. Adopting the Resolution will forever change the character of the open space as you enter North Scottsdale.

Imagine:

  • More cars on the 21st busiest traffic segment in the City
  • 70 foot lights on 300+ days a year in DC Ranch RUINING Our Dark Skies
  • Your tax dollars supporting a private school
  • More Traffic Accidents and Potential Deaths – Read Collision History at Pima Rd., 101 & Legacy Blvd.

This open space was deeded to the City of Scottsdale for a public park, not to be a sports complex for Great Hearts Academies. Great Hearts should build their sports facility on their own land!

Please sign our petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-the-park-a-public-park-no-primary-use-for

 

Petition Content:

Preserve Scottsdale’s Open Spaces! Keep the park a public park!

We OPPOSE the request to adopt resolution No. 10770 authorizing the initiation of a Municipal Use Master Site Plan for the development of a 12.8+ acre DC Ranch park site with open space and planned community district (OS PCD) zoning, located near the SE corner of Pima Road and Union Hills Drive (the “Property”).

We urge the City Council to choose Option B:

Do NOT approve Resolution No. 10770 which will result in the proposed park site going undeveloped until future funding becomes available.

The reasons we urge Scottsdale City Council to choose Option B are:

1. The Property was deeded by DC Ranch, L.L.C. to the City of Scottsdale in 2003 for no purpose other than a public park, in perpetuity. Scottsdale residents and taxpayers want the City of Scottsdale to keep the Property for its intended use and uphold the deed restrictions.

2. Scottsdale residents and taxpayers, including parents of SUSD students, oppose the Property being developed as a multi-sport complex with priority rights given to Great Hearts Academy (“GHA”).

3. Scottsdale residents and taxpayers further oppose the Property being developed by GHA for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive traffic;
  • Noise and light pollution;
  • Increased crime;
  • Lower property values; and

Please sign our petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-the-park-a-public-park-no-primary-use-for

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ACLU Urges Against Scottsdale Partnering With Great Hearts Academies On Park

Supporters of LGBTQ rights are urging the city of Scottsdale not to partner with one of Arizona’s most prominent charter school organizations on some sports facilities because of what the group calls its “anti-transgender” policy.

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City Official Looks to Pass Non-Discrimination Ordinance for Scottsdale

The Scottsdale City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider a plan to develop a public park that would house the athletic fields and facilities for two schools run by Great Hearts Academies, which operates more than two dozen schools throughout Arizona and Texas.

Scottsdale owns the property next to the DC Ranch Community, but Great Hearts has offered to invest millions of dollars to develop the site. Sports teams from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy and Archway Classical Academy would use the park for athletic activities. In return, Scottsdale would get a new park that would be open to the public, except for when teams were using certain facilities.

Some residents have expressed concern about the venture, but opposition is also now coming from a different front.

As KJZZ reported this week, the Great Hearts Arizona Board of Directors quietly passed a “biological sex and gender” policy in June of last year that some families and LGBTQ advocates say discriminates against transgender students.

Under the policy, students must use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates. It also applies those requirements to pronouns, dress code and school activities. Under Arizona law, a doctor must provide written proof that the person has undergone gender reassignment surgery in order to change a birth certificate.

“The people who approved this are supposedly community leaders — and I’m just shocked that in today’s day and age, LGBT students are still discriminated against,” the mother of one Great Hearts transgender student told KJZZ.

The board of directors has current and former executives from well-known Arizona companies and sports teams, as well as elected officials like the Maricopa County attorney.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has sent a letter to Scottsdale’s mayor and council members pressuring them to reject the park agreement “to do otherwise would make the city of Scottsdale complicit in discrimination against transgender people.”

“Great Hearts’ policy isolates, stigmatizes, and delegitimizes transgender people. … No person should ever have to endure the indignities that Great Hearts imposes on transgender students and their families,” ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler writes.

Great Hearts would not speak to KJZZ for its initial story or explain how the guidelines were developed.

The policy is already discouraging some parents from keeping their children enrolled in the charter school network.

Robert Chevaleau pulled his child out of a Great Hearts school in December because he didn’t feel comfortable sending his younger child, who is transgender.

“The Great Hearts policy directly creates an abusive environment for their transgender students and ignores all emerging best practices that ensure all students have an opportunity to thrive in school,” Chevaleau, who runs a support group for families with transgender children, wrote in an email to KJZZ.

“The question to consider is, does Great Hearts represent the City of Scottsdale? I would argue, that with this policy in place, they do not,” he said.

The City Council is expected to decide whether to begin the development and planning process with Great Hearts for the proposed park at its Tuesday meeting, April 25, 2017 at 5pm.

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White House to Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret

The White House also said it was ending the contract for the website that contains the visitor log data as well as financial disclosure and salary information for employees.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/us/politics/visitor-log-white-house-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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For Trump, a Steep Learning Curve Leads to Policy Reversals

President Trump, the first occupant of the White House never to serve in government or the military, discovers some issues are more complex than he knew.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/us/politics/donald-trump-policy-reversals.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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At Meeting, Putin and Tillerson Find Very Little to Agree On

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said after meeting President Vladimir V. Putin that Russia and the United States needed to “put an end to this steady degradation.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/world/europe/united-stats-russia-putin-tillerson-meeting-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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News Analysis: Trump’s Shift on Russia Brings Geopolitical Whiplash

Accusations that President Trump is too close to Russia have given way to a new toughness demonstrated by the administration.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/world/europe/russia-putin-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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On Trump’s Syria Strategy, One Voice Is Missing: Trump’s

Administration officials have described starkly different foreign policies since last week’s cruise missile strike, and President Trump has yet to clarify.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/world/middleeast/syria-trump-assad.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Tillerson, on Eve of Russia Trip, Takes Hard Line on Syria

The secretary of state called Russia “incompetent” for allowing Syria to retain chemical weapons and accused Moscow of trying to meddle in European elections.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/09/us/politics/tillerson-russia-syria-chemical-weapons.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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The Emerging Trump Doctrine: Don’t Follow Doctrine

In a week of foreign policy moves, President Trump dispensed with dogma and demonstrated a highly improvisational and situational approach to the world

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/08/us/politics/trump-doctrine-foreign-policy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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