Greta Rogers’ recent comments about Councilman Sal DiCiccio in the Oct. 14 issue of the AFN (“Us or big developers?”) are to be expected during an election season. Especially when you consider she’s a strong supporter of Sal’s opponent.
I choose candidates based on their actions not campaign rhetoric. Sal’s actions have earned my vote. Most recently he assembled a group of Ahwatukee residents, including myself, to seek alternatives to the proposed South Mountain Freeway Pecos Road alignment. This is the first time a diverse group of supporters and opponents of the SM202 has been assembled to seek out an alternative that is best for Ahwatukee.
While researching the issue Sal discovered the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Department of Transportation have never formally proposed aligning the SM202 on the Gila River Indian Community. This was recently confirmed by a Gila spokesperson in an interview with a news reporter. All the while ADOT has been stating in their technical reports, as recently as September 2008 there have been “Ongoing communications with the Gila River Indian Community....” Further, MAG’s transportation director recently stated to the same news reporter that it would cost “another half billion dollars” to align the SM202 on the Gila Community. That contradicts ADOT’s technical documents dated September 2008, in which they state “Cost ... would be equal among the alternatives and, consequently, changes would be roughly comparable.”
Thanks to Sal for challenging MAG and ADOT on our behalf. They are very powerful organizations with significant resources and diverse constituencies whose interests don’t align well with Ahwatukee.
Ahwatukee’s complex issues need experienced representation. I urge voters to support Councilman Sal DiCiccio. He’s demonstrated an ability to get things done and, as a longtime resident, has a vested interest in Ahwatukee.
Chad Blostone is an airline pilot and member of The Foothills Homeowners Association.