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Eddie Maddock: To Buy or Not To Buy

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie Maddock reports on the Sedona closed to the public March 24, 2020 City Council Meeting.

Sedona AZ – Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic mandate requiring individuals to remain socially distanced by at least ten feet, the Sedona City Council meeting on March 24, 2020 was, perhaps as an understatement, peculiar if not downright eerie. In center seat at the dais as usual was Mayor Sandy Moriarty flanked by City Councilwoman Jessica Williams in her typical end seat far to the Mayor’s left and Councilman John Currivan seated at the opposite end. Vice Mayor John Martinez and remaining Council members, Bill Chisholm and Scott Jablow, were strategically located in seats generally occupied by Sedona residents. At the onset of the meeting Mayor Moriarty acknowledged that in conforming to the proclamation of March 18, 2020, this City Council Meeting would not be open to the public in compliance with Coronavirus restrictions.

In order to address some public concerns, Councilman Currivan made the request for more discussion relating to consent agenda AB 2570 – Approval of a Resolution authorizing a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement for the City of Sedona to purchase the property located at 430 Forest Road (APN 401-160-71) located in Coconino County, City of Sedona, Arizona, for the sum of $480,000 for use as a parking structure. Specifically he cited concerns relating to a possible scope of unknown results, particularly with regard to the potential for economic decline and even a recession.

With current lodging occupancy dropping 70% to 75%, essentially shuttered restaurants except for takeout or delivery and other businesses slipping toward the brink of closing and, with Sedona’s primary source of revenue, its sales tax obviously in jeopardy, wasn’t Councilman Currivan’s question exceptionally timely and appropriate?

City Manager Justin Clifford, however, offered assurance that necessary funds could safely be transferred from Uptown parking meter proceeds and purchasing the property at this time would preserve the ability to maintain progress on a long term project: Providing Sedona with a much needed parking structure.

Sedona AZ Forest Road viewpoint – Exclusive SedonaEye.com photo credit Eddie S. Maddock 2019

A stipulation in the 430 Forest Road Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Sedona, Buyer, and Daniel E. Saunders, Trustee of the Daniel Saunders Revocable Trust, Seller, included agreement that no commissions shall be paid and Buyer (City) agrees to leaseback the Property to Seller at no cost for a period of up to nine (9) months from the date of the Agreement. Both parties agreed to employ Empire West Title Company as the Escrow, and enhanced the affirmation that neither party has contracted with, retained or otherwise employed a real estate broker relative to this Agreement.

Motion to approve was unanimous by Sedona City Council.

Therefore, the second of two transactions to create an Uptown parking facility is now in progress. The first, of course, is the land presently owned by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, allegedly to be deeded to the City of Sedona at some future date.

Is that not a catchy phrase? “At some future date” who will be seated on the Sedona City Council? Who will be the City Manager? Sedona has been advertising for another City Attorney, and likewise there will be a turnover of other staff members.

Will this well-meaning transaction ultimately be justified, or down the road stifled with redirection for purposes unrelated to the stated cause for which it was purchased?

Or eventually will that questionable acquisition slip through the cracks and become a permanent, but unwarranted asset of a Chamber of Commerce, obligated to serve only their members, many outside Sedona City Limits and not contributing to the city tax base.

But most of all, when and if Sedona merchants including the lodging industry fail to produce adequate revenue to maintain even the barest essentials at City Hall, what will be the source of funding?

Sedona residents sit back and consume a breath of fresh air and sigh with relief. We do NOT have a Sedona property tax. You see in the darkest of times there is always something for which to be grateful, and in Sedona one really needn’t look too far.


  1. Sammy the Psychic says:

    This is offered against my good judgment but talk about set ups. Buying more property for a multi mil parking structure while economy continues to sink because of a deadly virus? Holy Shit! Looking into my crystal ball VOILA what do I see? CoC opportunists looking at disaster as a reason for them to receive even more Sedona $$$$$ to promote this area as a means to recover from financial upset. The line in the sand? CoC = Rip Off Combination = IMO. PS Grand Canyon’s going to close catch up city manager. Your job? Find out what crystal balls know in good time.

  2. Terry says:

    Grand Canyon can’t close.

  3. John Daniels W Sedona says:

    Interesting reporting by the one and only Eddie Maddock. (deleted by editor)

  4. Back to Sedona says:

    @Sammy the Psychic & @Terry

    What, pray tell, does the Grand Canyon have to do with Sedona city council’s approval to spend just short of half a million dollars to invest in property when faced with a deadly disease and crashing economy? Why should people living in Sedona give a hoot about the Grand Canyon which you say “can’t close.” What is your source of such profound but questionable information?

  5. Gloria Guiterrez, Foothills says:

    @Sammy and more We don’t need a parking garage here because its an eyesore main street area’s gotten ugly and less walkable with metal signs every where. We need peace and quiet and turn it into a park instead. Turn Tlaquepaque north into parking with shuttles and trolley terminal.

  6. Bill G. says:

    Another shining example of the ignorance of the city council, being led by an equally ignorant city manager. I promise you a million dollars that what the city manager is telling the city council members behind closed doors is that the pandemic will pass and they need to “keep their eyes” on the long term. That everything will be back to normal in six months or a year, or maybe even two years.

    While it is true that this particular phase of the pandemic will pass and give way to a less threatening phase, anyone who thinks things will be business as usual in a few months doesn’t understand science, economics or politics. Right now we are only trying to manage the spike of serious illnesses, what’s being called the “curve,” in covid-19 cases that could overwhelm our medical and other response systems. Even after we succeed in “flattening the curve,” covid-19 will continue to impact people, the economy, travel and healthcare, draining resources and driving up health costs. People who have been damaged by the affects of the virus, and that’s pretty much everybody, will push the government for change in many areas and there are costs and effects that come with change.

    I’m not selling the apocalypse, here. Life goes on. But anybody who thinks it will be business as usual for Sedona tourism a year from now is making an ignorant bet that ignores history. The 1918 flu pandemic was a major contributor, through ways subtle and not so subtle, to major shifts in world power that also eventually contributed to events leading up to World War II. No, I am not predicting a war, I am predicting many, many changes in the world that will mean it is not going to be business as usual for quite some time.

    Even in the middle of a pandemic, Sedona’s small minded city manager and city council continue to focus on one thing: more tourists, more tourists, more tourists.

  7. Richard Andrew says:

    @Terry you say “Grand Canyon can’t close.”

    Please check front page of Explore AZ section 1C of the Arizona Republic, 3/28/2020:

    “Campgrounds Close – Public amenities in national forests are shuttered due to coronavirus”

    “Grand Canyon” was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, so what would prevent the federal government to close it to the public during this serious situation?

  8. Dennis Sullivan says:

    My wife and I are two of the “Nasties” (snow-birds who enjoy and visit Sedona annually). Our money is good and we contribute fairly to Sedona’s tax base and purchase things in the city unless only available elsewhere. What we will be interested to follow up will be the reaction to this “incorporated” Sedona when and if they consider monetary rebates to businesses. Will that also involve using the chamber of commerce as a middle agent? If so will the chamber of commerce fairly consider ALL businesses within Sedona city limits or will they favor ONLY their members as is the case with the chamber of commerce visitors center? How unfair would that be? To ignore legitimate licensed businesses unless they are chamber members?

  9. Bill G. says:

    Dennis Sullivan, I think we already know the answer to your questions. Yes, the city manager and city council will give more money to the chamber of commerce and, yes, the chamber of commerce will use it only to buy more advertising because they will say that helps their members.

    Frequent false arguments made by the chamber CEO and the city manager are that all the people on this website are haters and kooks, that the city can’t operate without tourism and that the people who are angry about the city’s outrageous funding to the chamber don’t understand how anything works.

    We are not against all tourism, just the constant push for more, more, more and the irresponsible decisions to build more roads, parking garages and other tourist amenities. Most of us retired here from big cities and understand finances and the law just fine, thank you. There are many ways the city council could responsibly promote and manage tourism without dumping money on the greedy chamber of commerce and lodging council, but don’t have the guts or the intelligence to talk about them.

  10. Sedona City Business Owner says:

    No longer members of the “chamber” because they did NOTHING for us when we were. Seems for some unknown reason they have their favorites to push. Wonder why? Could Ka-Ching have anything to do with it? Just asking. Admire the C of C volunteers but feel they are shortchanged and used.

    Incidentally nonchamber members can have their brochures (or whatever) placed at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center FOR A FEE!

    Yup and just who receives that FEE? Betcha it ain’t the “city.”

    That “visitors center” is not officially that of the City of Sedona as is clearly reflected by the sign! (not the city’s or wouldn’t they demand for all licensed Sedona businesses to be featured and treated equally?)

    Isn’t it fascinating the recent property purchase for a parking structure is also on Forest Road, same road the C of C Visitors Center is located on the corner of Forest & SR89.

  11. Heather says:

    Everyone has a right to have their brochures displayed free at the visitor center, be sure all sedona city businesses realize this. Sedona city businesses money is given to the chamber.

  12. steve Segner says:

    Sedona City Business Owner says:
    March 28, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    No longer members of the “chamber” because they did NOTHING for us when we were. Five years the same old story you need to get help, with all that is going on you are on the same old rant ( nonchamber members can have their brochures (or whatever) placed at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center FOR A FEE!) really you need to get some mantel health , help for your obsessive compulsive disorder.

  13. @Heather says:

    Unfortunately that is not true. In-city businesses MUST PAY the chamber for that. You make it sound like its a free service. NOT true. They are imposed taxes that are gifted to chamber and the chamber uses this to market those who do not collect city taxes.

    They MUST PAY for this.

  14. @steve Segner says:

    ” ( nonchamber members can have their brochures (or whatever) placed at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center FOR A FEE!)”

    Isn’t that exactlly what Sedona City Business Owner said? And why should any licensed business within Sedona City Limits be coerced into paying a fee to a Chamber of Commerce to which they prefer to NOT be a member?

    BTW – what’s “mantel health?” Never heard of such a thing. But then none of us ever heard of coronavirus until just lately.

  15. @steve Segner says:

    We’ll make you a deal steve. We sill stop complaining if you and the chamber will stop lying and stealing?


  16. @Heather says:

    As a past chamber members (over 20 years) we found that placing a brochure at the chamber’s visitor center wasn’t worth the cost of printing brochures. We never received one lead from the chamber.

    Everyone plans their vacations online. Chamber business models are dinosaurs. This is why the sedona chamber has to be subsidized by the millions from the taxes imposed on in-city. Their membership dues income have been the same for 16 YEARS!!!! That speaks millions. If they can’t get members to pay then apparently others feel the same as us.

    You’d be better off spending your money elsewhere. IMO

  17. David says:

    Some national parks have barricaded their entrances to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Grand Canyon has made entry to the park free to stop the exchange of money, but closed down access to shuttles, trails, campgrounds, river trips and visitor centers. Xanterra and Delaware North, which oversee hotels, restaurants and food in the Grand Canyon, have closed their operations due to COVID-19.

  18. JJ says:

    Corona virus aka Steve Segner, Jennifer Wesselhof. Positives about the virus, no traffic, no tourist, maybe those that are the scurge of sedona, may get it, watch out John Daniels. All that greed, that is what you get for putting all your eggs in the tourisem basket. Greedy SOBs. Vote the scum out! Carma is a b****.

  19. steve Segner says:

    Vote the scum out! Carma is a b****.
    Yes, business that employee almost 10,000 people are all BED Carma. ha elections close in April better get going….. HAAAAAAA

  20. Carl says:

    Elections need to be postponed until summer.

  21. FROM YOUR FUTURE says:

    The acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks.

    I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance.

    We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time, just like Wuhan was a few weeks ahead of us. We watch you as you behave just as we did. You hold the same arguments we did until a short time ago, between those who still say “it’s only a flu, why all the fuss?” and those who have already understood.

    As we watch you from here, from your future, we know that many of you, as you were told to lock yourselves up into your homes, quoted Orwell, some even Hobbes. But soon you’ll be too busy for that.

    First of all, you’ll eat. Not just because it will be one of the few last things that you can still do.

    You’ll find dozens of social networking groups with tutorials on how to spend your free time in fruitful ways. You will join them all, then ignore them completely after a few days.

    You’ll pull apocalyptic literature out of your bookshelves, but will soon find you don’t really feel like reading any of it.

    You’ll eat again. You will not sleep well. You will ask yourselves what is happening to democracy.

    You’ll have an unstoppable online social life – on Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom…
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    You will miss your adult children like you never have before; the realisation that you have no idea when you will ever see them again will hit you like a punch in the chest.

    Old resentments and falling-outs will seem irrelevant. You will call people you had sworn never to talk to ever again, so as to ask them: “How are you doing?” Many women will be beaten in their homes.

    You will wonder what is happening to all those who can’t stay home because they don’t have one. You will feel vulnerable when going out shopping in the deserted streets, especially if you are a woman. You will ask yourselves if this is how societies collapse. Does it really happen so fast? You’ll block out these thoughts and when you get back home you’ll eat again.

    You will put on weight. You’ll look for online fitness training.

    You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh a lot. You’ll flaunt a gallows humour you never had before. Even people who’ve always taken everything dead seriously will contemplate the absurdity of life, of the universe and of it all.

    You will make appointments in the supermarket queues with your friends and lovers, so as to briefly see them in person, all the while abiding by the social distancing rules.

    You will count all the things you do not need.

    The true nature of the people around you will be revealed with total clarity. You will have confirmations and surprises.

    Literati who had been omnipresent in the news will disappear, their opinions suddenly irrelevant; some will take refuge in rationalisations which will be so totally lacking in empathy that people will stop listening to them. People whom you had overlooked, instead, will turn out to be reassuring, generous, reliable, pragmatic and clairvoyant.

    Those who invite you to see all this mess as an opportunity for planetary renewal will help you to put things in a larger perspective. You will also find them terribly annoying: nice, the planet is breathing better because of the halved CO2 emissions, but how will you pay your bills next month?

    You will not understand if witnessing the birth of a new world is more a grandiose or a miserable affair.

    You will play music from your windows and lawns. When you saw us singing opera from our balconies, you thought “ah, those Italians”. But we know you will sing uplifting songs to each other too. And when you blast I Will Survive from your windows, we’ll watch you and nod just like the people of Wuhan, who sung from their windows in February, nodded while watching us.
    Coronavirus: quarantined Italians sing from balconies to lift spirits – video

    Many of you will fall asleep vowing that the very first thing you’ll do as soon as lockdown is over is file for divorce.

    Many children will be conceived.

    Your children will be schooled online. They’ll be horrible nuisances; they’ll give you joy.

    Elderly people will disobey you like rowdy teenagers: you’ll have to fight with them in order to forbid them from going out, to get infected and die.

    You will try not to think about the lonely deaths inside the ICU.

    You’ll want to cover with rose petals all medical workers’ steps.

    You will be told that society is united in a communal effort, that you are all in the same boat. It will be true. This experience will change for good how you perceive yourself as an individual part of a larger whole.

    Class, however, will make all the difference. Being locked up in a house with a pretty garden or in an overcrowded housing project will not be the same. Nor is being able to keep on working from home or seeing your job disappear. That boat in which you’ll be sailing in order to defeat the epidemic will not look the same to everyone nor is it actually the same for everyone: it never was.

    At some point, you will realise it’s tough. You will be afraid. You will share your fear with your dear ones, or you will keep it to yourselves so as not to burden them with it too.

    You will eat again.

    We’re in Italy, and this is what we know about your future. But it’s just small-scale fortune-telling. We are very low-key seers.

    If we turn our gaze to the more distant future, the future which is unknown both to you and to us too, we can only tell you this: when all of this is over, the world won’t be the same.

    © Francesca Melandri 2020

  22. Terry says:

    Again with the numbers Steve! Wrong and wrong and wrong numbers over and over even when your bosses tell you. Enough already.

  23. Steve segner says:

    Carl, you are an idiot the elections are this summer for Sedona, Jesus and you call yourself a citizen. You people don’t like the Chaver you don’t like the city Council then run for office turn in your application and run in the election is in in August

  24. Fred S. says:

    Reading all these comments is very interesting. But wouldn’t it be really nice if someone from city hall could make a sensible explanation of why the city council voted to move forward on a $480,000 land purchase instead of the lame reason given by the city manager:

    “City Manager Justin Clifford, however, offered assurance that necessary funds could safely be transferred from Uptown parking meter proceeds and purchasing the property at this time would preserve the ability to maintain progress on a long term project: Providing Sedona with a much needed parking structure.”

    Good Lord! What assurance is there that after this ghastly ordeal has ended Sedona will even be in need of a parking structure?

  25. Carl says:

    Always a great command of the language. I’m referring to the deadlines too you idiot. Everyone is under quarantine and city hall election filing and voting deadlines are irrelevant and need to changed now. Practically every other voting issue around the country was resolved, but our council can’t seem to wrap their heads around the severity of this time and get its act together. About that parking garage land purchase, it’s inappropriate. You are assuming that property values, tourism, even our restaurants will be at the same level as before? Stop assuming and get to the business of the infrastructure and resources to keep those functioning and repaired.

  26. Tony Tonsich says:

    You know what amuses me, all those writing as Segner are the voice of the Chamber in Sedona. As those writing as Segner can’t compose a coherent sentence, if enough of the residents cared to throw the bums out, it would be done so easily.

    The problem is, as I found while recently running for mayor, is not enough residents care enough to invest their time. In my opinion that will change. Perhaps not before Sedona becomes a ghost town.

    Meanwhile I enjoy watching those that put all their eggs in the greedy tourist trap basket twist in the wind. That is Karma in action.

    As Mark Twain said, ” Always do right, it will gratify some, and amaze the rest.”

  27. Steve Segners says:

    Carl says:
    Everyone is under quarantine and city hall election filing and voting deadlines are irrelevant and need to changed now and voting is by mail.

    Election as been open for city council for last 90 days, that was plenty of time for people to get their signatures to the city next week.

    The city has had meeting with merchants and hotels to understand the severity of the shutdown they have a good understanding of how it will limit city tax income for the remainder of this year and next. We have a well managed city government and money in the bank, they willing at all all future spending and they will prim the pump to get business up and running, as they should.

    Stop assuming and get to the business of the infrastructure and resources to keep those functioning and repaired. Bed tax and sales tax will be down and so will public spending…..

  28. Savvy Soothsayer says:

    To buy or not to buy, that is the question. Wrong! It should be a no brainer to NOT buy at this time. But the dip snobs in the ivory tower have spoken. Spend the money! Didn- cha know that In Sedona it grows on trees planted by the chamber of commerce!

    Sorry, Tony Tonsich. The game changer when you ran for mayor the last election was when Arizona Liberty brought in a third candidate. That was the writing on the wall for Sandy Moriarty to be reelected. Should have been another no brainer. Was it done deliberately? One might wonder.

    Didn’t we have Arizona Liberty on the fire board not too long ago? Weren’t they recalled? Speaks volumes and makes one wonder just who it is they represent?

  29. segner is the Sedona Billy Carter says:

    Christ, segner, either run spell check or have one of your grandkids proof your narrative. In any case, oye vey, cringe.

  30. Genius strikes again says:

    Um, if your tourist visits fall off a cliff, your parking meter revenue falls off a cliff with it. You think these closures are only going to last two weeks? HAHAHAHAAHAHA

  31. Small town character says:

    Those nice government/ chamber folks with the can’t be fired jobs, wanktastic work and gobsmacking health and pension plans always have the residents best interests in mind.

    They’re public servants dontcha know. Just ask them. They are only interested in residents and sustainability.

    Parking garages were always a sign of small town character and sustainability. Every quaint small town has a multi story block long parking garage. Right?

  32. Aaron Thompson says:

    The Sedona city manager is not the brightest bulb. First of all, the parking structure was never really needed. Anyone who reads the report the city bought from a consultant can see that getting a parking garage was far from the only solution that could be found.

    Second, as someone else in this comment section already pointed out, parking revenues from meters are not going to be there to cover the cost, not for a very long time. People who think the impacts of the corona virus will disappear in six months because someone comes up with a vaccine don’t understand economics. When all the dying is over, there will be very big bills to pay across every institution in this country for the direct costs. Then there are the indirect costs of all the losses suffered by the population. Then, there will be the impacts on the economy of the record federal debt being incurred by the federal government in the form of a stimulus bill that, while necessary, will affect the economy, inflation and future budgets of every town, city, state and Uncle Sam for years going forward.

    Finally, as Eddie pointed out, the “some future date” approach taken by the city manager is a hallmark of someone who is inexperienced in the management of government and business. This guy doesn’t have the ability to see past the next three months and neither can the city council. Anybody with a very basic understanding of data can see that the effects of the coronavirus on the economy are significantly higher than the 2008 recession. And it took us eight years to recover from that.

    Foolish. Short sighted. Unable to form a vision of anything except more support for tourism. Typical Sedona government.

  33. Initially says:

    Someone gets hired or hires because one is malleable and far too inexperienced and young and they didn’t have to take any s*** off of him when he was told what they intended to do? Whether it’s the fast food restaurant or cities the same rules of hiring and firing apply. Give and get. Dinner table convos are always so enlightening when accompanied by lots of Sedona juices, the artificial sustenance of chill and woke.

  34. Bill & Sarah says:

    What the H. . .?? City Council approves spending just short of ONE-HALF MILLION DOLLARS for ONE piece of property !?

    Let us ponder. When they first starting discussing acquiring property on Forest Road in lieu of using the property on Jordan Rd. purchased with Sedona city funds, by imo a chamber of corruption, allegedly to be deeded to City for the parking facility it seems they were speaking of needing TWO properties on Forest Road.

    Hark and Alas – could it be this half-mil only purchased half the package for the alleged parking structure? Sounds like maybe city council AND city staff are suffering from some bug other than coronavirus.

    Their illusions of grandeur appear to be ruling the roost at City Hall. To H . . . with a global crisis. Egomaniacs in control? Despicable in our opinions!

  35. Alex D. says:

    This blatant disregard by city staff and council to purchase land during a period of questionable results is – well, substitute Coronavirus for a destructive fire and this quote might best explain it – Sedona’s version of the following:

    “To do something trivial and irresponsible in the midst of an emergency; legend has it that while a fire destroyed the city of Rome, the emperor Nero played his violin, thus revealing his total lack of concern for his people and his empire.”

  36. Jim Poole says:

    This sneaking purchase is the method the city has operated in for years.

    They wait until a holiday or other time were people are overwhelmed to sneak in change, funding or other shady item through. Vote them out!

  37. Market Watch Cavuto coast to coast says:

    No real estate sales expected and the market has come To screeching halt and nobody allowed to view houses for sales and market not lending.

    Locally? Tell Sedona city council to postpone the land acquisition. They shouldn’t be spending. PERIOD. Bad representation during crisis.

    They need to announce furloughs and layoffs at city hall now. Chamber funds need suspension and their salaries cut 30% and lay offs now.

  38. Elaine says:

    In April 11% of restaurants will be closing of those still open this month.

  39. @market watch says:

    Hey your smart you run for city council… No you wouldn’t want to do that (deleted by editor)

  40. PBD says:

    That City needs to cut all its spending is right except for fixing infrastructure. It’s a good time to install those extra sewer lines, upgrade the roads. These are construction jobs that can be done using social distancing practices and they need to be done to keep city doing all it can to insure the safety of Sedona residents and taxpayers. What’s being funded now @city hall?

  41. Steve Segner says:

    It’s a good time to install those extra sewer lines, upgrade the roads. These are construction jobs that can be done using social distancing practices and they need to be done to keep city doing all it can to insure the safety of Sedona residents and taxpayers.
    You are so funny, All go to city council then must be put in city budget, all city projects must go through a bidding process thenno project can start unless the city has the money on hand, then the city picks the contractor……. So any project take at least one to two and 1/2 years to just get it approved and started….and You say social di stancing practices ……….and This is by state Law.

  42. Rosa Romero says:

    “You see in the darkest of times there is always something for which to be grateful, and in Sedona one really needn’t look too far.”

    How true! And how lucky we are to live here. Made a quick trip out to stock up for another week and no long lines of traffic to fight. People = friendly, polite, and kept their distance.

    In spite of a difficult situation today my cup is definitely half full – and with good stuff. The grocery store had restocked the liquor department:-)! YIPPEE!!

  43. The problem says:

    This is a city IMO led by a city manager who refused to extend disability benefits for one month for a terminally ill employee, who just died. He could have given the employee’s family one more month of medical coverage and refused to do it. One month. This “manager” is the reason the city lost a police chief and many other employees who became disgusted with him IMO.

  44. Thank you City Council says:

    I would like to take a moment to thank the Sedona City Council for watching out for the community and doing what they see is necessary. two years ago I cast my vote for my candidates of choice and they did their job. I voted for the candidates that I thought can do the job necessary. I think that my choices were nuts for wanting to do that thankless job, just to take the abuse by you bunch of Froot Loops, is crazy.

  45. Air B&B carnage says:

    Due to the excessive Sedona Chamber advertising, Air B&B’s were made more profitable. That is also why segner can get $500 a night for his rooms. Fun fact, some bought multiple houses, they can now not make the payments.

    The problem of available low priced housing and excess traffic will sort it self out after those homes being used as Air B&B are foreclosed upon Schools might have more students eventually also.

    Or the city can keep giving money to the Sedona Chamber to draw more customers for the Air B&B’s.

    Will they do the right thing. Doubt it.

  46. @ Air B&B carnage says:

    You people are so uninformed…..So you wernt aware that only 4 cities in all of Arizona didnt allows short term rental? (Air B&Bs)

    It was our bumbling Governor who signed the bill to over ride Sedonas law!

    Its better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts!


  47. Margaret says:

    @Air B&B Carnage is correct.

    All the mayor’s complaints about Air B&Bs were ignorant and self serving. She ignored the role the city’s dirty and greedy investment in the chamber and its advertising programs played in fueling the Air B&B situation. Unfortunately, all those empty and foreclosed vacation rental properties aren’t going to turn around right away. They will cause further deterioration of our neighborhoods before the economy recovers enough to allow other buy to buy them.

    And finally, but not until March 31st, did the chamber CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff finally have the decency to announce that visitors should stay away from Sedona, SEVERAL WEEKS after other tourist towns figured out that the safety of their own community was more important than 30 coins of silver.

    Read the Washington Post

    And what, exactly, are all the city workers doing for us while everything is shut down? Why aren’t the ones who don’t manage the sewer plant or street lights being furloughed? If you try to tell me they all have lots to do while “working” from home, I’ve got an Air B&B in Sedona I can sell you.

  48. Morris, angry says:

    This is infuriating! Here are our great mayor and the chamber CEO on a Phoenix TV news page, after being three weeks late to the party asking tourists to stay away.

    “Moriarty and Wesselhoff say none of this is permanent, of course, and they can’t wait to invite people back to their little town.

    “Sedona’s not shining brightly–a lot of our heritage sights are closed, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is closed, many of our jeep tour businesses have voluntarily closed,” Wesselhoff said. “We’re not able to give you that full Sedona experience, so when we are, we will welcome you with open arms.”

    This is on Az Family in Phoenix. Really!?? Still working hard to sell Sedona tourist while the rest of the country is focused on taking care of sick people, preparing for what is to come and making plans for a different kind of economic reality long after we have managed to “flatten the curve.”

    Just last week, Jennifer was telling the local newspaper that the chamber “has no control” over what is said in Phoenix newspaper and media stories. That is a small truth that is used to cover up a big lie because the chamber spends a lot of time and our taxpayer money to cultivate and place news stories in the Phoenix media and here is a perfect example.

    How about spending your time taking care of Sedona residents, ladies, and working on organizing ways to help Sedona residents and the low-paid hotel workers in Sedona and Cottonwood who are out of work RIGHT NOW and need help, and planning how the city can find other ways to have a healthy economy without lining of the pockets of the tourist industry operators. How about even FAKING doing that to make us all feel better instead of going on TV and promoting how much you’re going to welcome tourists with open arms when this little bug is all over?

  49. Marilyn T. says:

    As I read the comment made by “Thank you City Council” it was with the expectation it would conclude with “APRIL FOOL.”

    Surely the writer must be joking – although, of course, the council was elected by the majority of the people! And who are the fools? Those who DO NOT vote, of course!

  50. @@ Air B&B carnage says:

    So you are saying Chamber advertising does not draw tourists?

    You think people just want to stay in random Air B&B’s because the governor made it legal?

    To quote you “Its better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts!”

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