Until last week, city employees were forbidden from even posting a political sign on their lawn.

City Councilman Sal DiCiccio speaks during the Protecting Arizona's Resources and Children (PARC) meeting about the South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway expansion at Pecos Community Center.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

As a voter in District 6, I am concerned about the lack of transparency associated with Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s current campaign for City Council.

What particularly confounds me is why there is not more coverage of DiCiccio’s improper involvement in the Route 202 issue. As I understand it, DiCiccio was paid thousands of dollars by an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) consultant to persuade Gila River Indian Community leaders to allow the 202 extension on their land, and then some time later, entered into a business deal with the tribe to develop 75 acres of tribal-owned land on the corner of 40th Street and Pecos Road, where he hopes to lure in big-box retailers and other development. Now he is using his post on the City Council to urge the development of this highway, and has made it a central campaign issue.

Regardless of whether the highway gets built, we need our politicians to be pushing policies that benefit constituents, not that line their own pockets.

Is this where we honestly are in Arizona politics that politicians can blatantly lobby for things that they will financially benefit from?

I think we can honestly do better.

Ann Lutz

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