It is indeed interesting how Marana determined that this public easement had "no value" after their 3 part study, which doesn't appear to have been done, and certainly was not shared with the people who filled their chambers on Feb. 3rd a year ago. At that meeting, it was stated multiple times that this area was and still is part of their community. Some of the members of the community who spoke, had enjoyed the beauty from this easement for over 20 years. Marana annexed the area and deemed that it had no value! Well, maybe it had no value to them UNLESS they gave it to Stephen Phinny/Saguaro Ranch so it could be claimed as a his personal asset. The people who spoke that evening saw it as an asset to the established community. When Marana annexed the land within Saguaro Ranch they were careful not to annex the land of the people adjacent to the developer, because those people were part of the established community that had shared, loved, and preserved the beauty of the area. These people stated that they wanted to continue to enjoy it. But, NO! Marana decided that an established community has no right to continue to enjoy a public easement! They say it has no value and they will annex the area a abandon any rights of the public. It does $mell$. Are these the best representatives that we can find to elect to represent the workers, residents, and tax payers of our community?
It does appear that Chamberlain was addressing Gilbert Davidson, the Town Manager of Marana, not his wife. If he knew that protesters were frequently picketing this public easement, why would he choose this venue for his wife's birthday. She doesn't seem to be particularly happy that her husband is addressed about his duties. He doesn't even seem to be escorting her to her special event. Government officials have a responsibility, as do husbands.
WHAT A SOCIETY WE LIVE IN!!! It is quite astounding how one can go to a restaurant, be served a beer, thank the waiter, then have the beer taken away before the beer can be consumed or paid for (No harsh words or actions by anyone)... then be arrested for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct by the Marana Police for that very interaction. Who can logically explain the situation, and with what legal justification?
The beauty of the Tortolita Mountains has been appreciated by many residents and visitors alike long before 2001 when Stephen Phinny "discovered" their beauty. Granted, it was not discovered through a 700 ft. tunnel, because that was the making of the developer who has deposited the debris, blasted out of the mountain, along the Public Right of Way just west of Saguaro Ranch's grand entrance. Many of the Monarchs of the desert have died or are dying in Saguaro Ranch's NURSERY, also located within the Public Right of Way, while others die of over watering on the east side of McClintock's restaurant. These actions and many others have been observed and taken in stride under the jurisdiction of the Town of Marana since they annexed this portion of the Tortolitas in 2003. WOW! WHAT A TEAM! Look what can be done if you can just keep the public out and leave it to Stephen Phinny and the Town of Marana! It only takes a few short years. I believe that the Tortolitas' brings out the passion in nearly everyone.
I am Sharyl Cummings and would like to clarify a statement within this article. I have absolutely no objection to the existence of the residential community, Saguaro Ranch. I do, however, believe the law should apply to everyone. I, and others, have protested the blockage of the recorded public easement that runs through (in and out) of Saguaro Ranch and has been in use by the community at large for decades. I believe Saguaro Ranch/Stephen Phinny is the responsible party for the blockage and apparently has had the support of Marana since blocking a public easement is prohibited by law.
Indeed I am protesting the actions of both entities.
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