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Sedona Community Plan Revision Too Costly

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Sedona city voter seems to imply that content not notarization issue may have caused city government to reject his Vote No statement for the Community Plan Revision publicity pamphlet.

Sedona AZ (February 22, 2014)The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

Below is my rejected submission to the City’s Community Plan Voter Publicity Pamphlet.

My submission was rejected by the City for alleged improper notarization. Unfortunately, I was out of town and unable to get it re-notarized in time for the deadline. All I know is I went to my bank and they notarized it like they have notarized items in the past for me without a problem. 

Anyway, I urge people to vote on this important issue, and vote NO: 

This pie-in-the-sky wish list from wanna-be “visionaries” must be voted down. It will only encourage more ungrounded, unhinged and impractical notions in future City Councils. Despite the plan’s doubletalk, it is an invitation to more unneeded, wasteful spending.

Here is a classic example of doubletalk from the plan summary. One sentence says this: “The Plan itself does not require the City to spend money.” A subsequent sentence says this: “Some of the recommended actions in the Plan will require some money to implement.” “

Some money”? Try lots and lots of money.

Don’t be fooled. Vote NO.

Warren Woodward
Sedona AZ
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  1. Hank S says:

    Thanks Warren. Agree on your reasons for voting No on the Plan and I’ll offer another reason: most references to “Small Town Character” have been removed in favor of promoting more business development.

  2. Warren says:

    Love that community plan logo. Faceless, empty-headed white people.

  3. Bettye says:

    Dropped off My “No” vote today at City Hall. Hope everyone else will do the same.

  4. Eddie says:

    Mailed mine directly AT the post office reason being I do not trust City Hall. In fact I didn’t even feel comfortable leaving it out front in my own mailbox for pickup. There, it’s in writing. (big surprise)

  5. James Poole says:

    I agree Warren, City hall wants us all to be faceless and empty-headed. They know better don’t they?

  6. Rick says:

    Hi everyone,

    A friend of mine told me about this online site, up until now I had no idea you guys existed. I am a long time member of the Verde Valley community and part of a very much judged segment of society. What I love about this area is the very accepting people who work, reside and play here. So when I heard there was this site that feeds on negativity and bashing others disguised as uncovering and reporting on the truth… I had to see for myself. Wow, it’s true. How sad.

    While I am starting this post in a negative manner, I chose not to look at my friends, neighbors, coworkers, and colleagues in the same insane manner displayed here.

    I love this community, I love that the community plan has a logo that is universal representing all… I love that I have a voice and you have a voice. I love this great country and the right to vote. The right to vote is an honor and a privilege that should, in my opinion, should never be taken lightly nor without education on all aspect of the issues. I encourage you to do the same. But from what I have read so far on this site, words written by contributors and comments suggest that truth, facts, unbiased information is somewhat lacking.

    I ask you all, how many meetings did you attend when the City and the volunteers who sought input ? I read online hundreds, if not thousands of comments from average, caring and interested individuals. How many of you actually participated in the hundreds of meetings held asking for your help to create the communities vision? If I was a betting man, I would guess that many, if not most of you did not exercise this very important right as a member of our community to participate. Instead, I believe that your prefered means of participation is to criticize others who do participate.

    One final comment… How many of you have actually read the entire community plan? It is available on line. If you had, you would read for yourself that your friends and neighbors have created a pretty amazing vision for this beautiful small town community. by the way, I did a word search and did find several references to small town character and no reference to the loss of property rights.

    This man will be voting YES, and proudly so… Thank you everyone who helped create this grassroots plan for our community!

  7. Sharlett says:

    WOW! Yes Warren you and then James Poole picked up on the logo of the new Community Plan and what the role of us lowly registered voters is supposed to be = silent and faceless. My ballot is a NO VOTE.

  8. Sandi says:

    Hey Rick I did attend tons of meetings. The ones I missed I watched online. I also submitted several points to community development team online. Much of the issues and wording I was concerned with. Read it several times. Went back and watched the videos online at the city website. Unfortunately it is not written to be real policy. Words are used interchangeable. Different meanings. One time meaning one thing the next time meaning something else.
    I strongly feel that the emotion needs to be removed. Policy should be clear and accurate. Not debatable. It should be able to change meaning depending on who is asking, who is in council, or who is the manager.
    Visions are visions. Policy and procedures are simply that. They need to be made idiot proof. For these reasons I voted NO. They give to much freedom to the interpreter. Sedona one guideline, one rule. everyone the same.
    It is to bad you see negative from positive.
    Quote”A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    The new plan does this. Vote NO. Sedona should be a strong as it Red Rocks. Enough voo doo.

  9. Great points @Sandi. I have first hand experience with the community plan. I recently looked at buying a property that would have been a perfect B&B. Since I was unsure zoning I called over to City Hall. I got Audrey on the phone. She was fabulous. Answered all my questions and let me know to use the community plan. It is the city policy.

    Audrey was also kind of enough to tell me that the new plan was going to be voted on in March so not to forget to review that as if I acquired the property after it got approved the new policy would be implemented. I am thankful for Audrey’s information. She wisely directed me to the right policy for me to make the right decision.

    So the community plan sets the policy. Personally I prefer clearer policies. Less is more. Keeping in mind I professionally approved policy and procedures for medical device companies.

    I proudly voted NO for many reasons. All of them positive ones. Speaking up is a positive tool to make change. Listening to a different opinion helps us learn and grow. Change makes improvements & better tomorrows. The more everyone speaks up the more we learn and grow. All positive in my opinion.

    Thankful we have the opportunity. Thanks SedonaEye!

  10. Tom Bergen says:

    WOW Sharlett it seems you cast your vote because of a stick figure or your interpretation one. But then again, after reading all of your postings it seems that you’re just against anything positive that the city does or tries to do.

    As for Sandi, you say that “I did attend tons of meetings. The ones I missed I watched online”, where those meetings that you attended the ones at the middle school, or the open meetings around town conducted by city people or perhaps some of those meetings in a box? I must admit that I attended each and every one because I really wanted to get facts about the process. I walked away very informed. It was refreshing that members of the community could actually participate in the shaping of a community.

    As for Rick, you are SPOT ON! I completely agree with your feelings.

  11. Ruth says:

    @Rick You state this web site “feeds on negativity and bashing others disguised as uncovering and reporting on the truth… I had to see for myself. Wow, it’s true. How sad.”

    You fail to include that as being YOUR OPINION or are you in denial that others who stand to be taxed out of their homes also are entitled to express their views? You are non-specific about where you actually reside except only as being a “long time member of the Verde Valley community” which doesn’t indicate one way or another if you are even a registered Sedona voter.

    Your interpretation of this web site shows your own judgmental slant. Why not practice what you preach?

  12. You do see dozens of headlines there Boys? You boys must be a competitor or you’re part of our government. Each always speaks with the same voice to its consumers when accountability and transparency issues are at hand. I’ve enjoyed the letters to the editor section more than any other area for its one two punch.

    I will be voting on the community plan. Appreciated the information here. Keep up the fine work and don’t pay attention to those writing about how discontented they are because for the life of me I can’t figure out why anyone minds information and opinions. Keeps the mind lively.

  13. julie says:

    I agree Ruth! Just because you disagree with another persons opinion does not make it negative. Opinions are suppose to be heard. Trying spin it so that anyone that disagrees with your opinion is negative, interesting. I say you have some control issues. The only thing I see that is negative is that attitude. Accept others and their opinion. Go with the flow.

    I voted no on the new community plan as I see to many ways things can be interpreted. I do not want any multifamily housings or community events in residential zoned subdivisions. The old community plan protected us from this, this one not. I want my peace and quite, less government telling me how to live. I moved here to get out of City.

  14. Jean says:

    Vote NO! The Council will raid bigger bucks from the wallets of the 65% of us on the sewer to enable funding of expanded City incompetence under the New Community Plan.

    A look at Page 18 of the City of Sedona Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013, reveals the current City Council’s expenditures exceeded revenue by $1,470,182 last year. Whoa!

    The financial reporting awards the City keeps getting aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Who knows, perhaps all 91 AZ cities receive them?

    Vote against ALL incumbents come the November city council election(s), too.

  15. Rick above is NOT J. Rick Normand

  16. E.S. Sedona (above) is NOT E.S. Maddock. (Eddie S. Maddock)

    J. Rick Normand, I share your frustration.

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