If you needed more evidence that the GRIC 202 referendum plays right into the agenda of outsiders who desperately want the freeway built, here it is.
In this email below from Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, there is only concern for saving homes in Ahwatukee, and there is no mention of the O’odham and Pee Posh families who would lose their homesites to 202 right of ways. There is no mention of the neighborhood in District Six where we have three schools, Gila Crossing, D6 Head Start and D6 Early Head Start, right in the path of freeway pollution.
DiCiccio’s email also notes that South Mountain Park is a mountain preserve, meaning that it has protection from development because of its status as a city park. This is very important—a NO BUILD vote stops the proposed on-reservation alignment, and because there is opposition in Maricopa County to destroying a city park (which happens to be a mountain sacred to us), there are people who will fight against the proposed freeway being built off the reservation.
Most importantly, in this email to his supporters, Sal DiCiccio is congratulating his team for pressuring Gila River to consider the freeway on our lands. This is another sign that this freeway is not for us…it is for them. They are the ones who want it, not us.
Links of interests too:
From: Councilman Sal DiCiccio
Subject: Freeway: Great news, Tribal vote coming
Sent: Jul 20, 2011 5:02 PM
Today we have great news on the South Mountain Freeway. Our neighbors to the south, the Gila River Indian Community, have agreed to take the issue directly to their voters. This was done primary thanks to the efforts of many people in our community once again working together to solve this important issue facing our neighborhoods.
As you may know, the city of Phoenix has absolutely no say in the location of the freeway. But I assembled a group of our leaders to work with the state to a) get Arizona to begin discussions with the Tribe and b) find any alternative other than Pecos Road. We assembled community leaders who supported and who opposed the freeway, and they came up with a direction that unified our community once again.
And, because of our unity, the state began in earnest direct and real conversations with the Tribe that has led to this outcome. We still have a long way to go, but we are much further than we have ever been to finding a solution that benefits our community as a whole – a solution that will keep homes and a neighborhood from being destroyed, a mountain preserve from being sliced in half, a solution that could save taxpayers’ money and provide a more environmentally friendly corridor.
Thanks from the entire community goes out to the people who forged a coalition of Ahwatukee people to enable solutions for this issue. They are Chad Blostone, Susi Fathauer, Mary Youhanaie, Mike Hinz, Pat Lawlis, Clay Schad, Terri Kimble, Max Masel, Jaime Molera and Rick Savagian. And a special thanks to Jim Joachim, whose personal effort and determination helped keep this issue alive. Please pass this on to the neighbors in our community.