We are on the Brink of Global Starvation
Globally we are facing food shortages of substantial proportions. According to the head of the U.N.’s food agency, the coronavirus pandemic will push the world into a food pandemic. As a nation, we are prioritizing the wrong issues.
Everything is connected to a long-term economic crisis like never before. The World Food Programme (WFP) announced that due to the coronavirus an additional 130 million people can be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020, which will bring the total number to 265 million.
We need our leaders to prioritize COVID-19 response to combat the issues that derive from the virus. Gov. Ducey, Sen. Sinema and Sen. McSally need to support additional emergency supplemental resources for the International Affairs Budget to fight COVID-19 for the next relief package.
The last emergency supplemental passed with less than half of 1% of the package earmarked for international funding to fight the pandemic. We can not repeat the same mistakes.
It’s amazing to me that as hospitals in Arizona and nationwide continue to grapple with the unforeseen costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, some are still pushing for misguided, government-controlled proposals that would increase their financial burdens and threaten patient access to care.
Far-fetched, unaffordable proposals like the public option or Medicare for All would almost certainly lead to higher taxes for hardworking Arizona families while undermining the very hospitals that need our support right now. This is not the right answer for Arizona or the rest of the country.
Hospitals and their heroic workers shouldn’t have to worry about their jobs being around when this pandemic is over.
Save Glen Lakes!
There is a striking contrast in the two Glendale City Councils—the 1979 council and the 2020 council.
The 1979 council listened to the will of the Glendale citizens and took action to buy Glen Lakes Golf Course. The 2020 council majority has not listened to the will of the citizens—they are taking action to sell Glen Lakes!
When a development was proposed at Glen Lakes in 1979, residents protested the development. Two months later the city sold $1.1 million of park bonds to purchase Glen Lakes Golf Course for the city and for its citizens. A formal document and Ordinance No. 1090 was created “to purchase … a public park for a golf course.”
In other words, we read that GLEN LAKES IS A PUBLIC PARK!
There were years when revenue from Glen Lakes supported Parks and Rec and its programs. Glen Lakes has been a revenue producer unlike other parks. Its revenue in 2005 was close to $900,000.
Tiger Woods hosted a clinic at Glen Lakes; his foundation contributed to the unique overhead canopy at the driving range.
We value Glen Lakes and its open space. Having open space increases our quality of life. Councilwoman Joyce Clark echoed this sentiment in a Glendale Independent article on “parks.” She said, “In addition to boosting the quality of life of current residents, parks can be a draw to new residents or companies considering moving to Glendale.” A good point, Councilwoman Clark, as we have an upscale housing development, Village at Olive Marketplace, going in near Glen Lakes. Those higher-income residents living in a high-density development will appreciate having the amenity of a golf course and open space nearby.
A recent council meeting was held about consolidating parks. That would be a public policy decision, as it is a challenge to remove a park from a community where residents have chosen to live, because of that nearby park. It was City Manager Kevin Phelps who made this comment. Councilwoman Clark chimed in to say she would never support removing parks.
Citizens feel the same way. We thought our Glen Lakes Golf Course would always be there. We do not want it developed into housing. We know that Glen Lakes can offer more to the community when it is made a multiuse park. We presented a business plan to the city that reflected how the golf course could become sustainable over time. Now the Glen Lakes property is being rezoned for the purpose of building a 173-home subdivision. Citizens have not been asked to provide any input about what the subdivision should be.
We are told this is what it will be, 173 lots on 42.8 acres with an 8-acre linear public park. As for the park, we have not been asked to provide input on the details.
Nearby residents are concerned that our quality of life will be negatively affected, first of all with the loss of 42.8 acres of open space. Glen Lakes is a historic landmark for over 50 years that represents a big chunk of our neighborhood. With a new 173-lot subdivision, we expect a lack of open space, more people, a busy park, busy local streets, traffic congestion and overcrowded schools.
A total of 453 homes will be built in the next two years in the Glen Lakes area. We have questions about the narrow public park that we will share with the gated HOA. Will this busy unfenced park prove to be an asset or a negative for our quiet neighborhoods?
Citizens have made it known to council we want to keep the golf course. We have not been heard. None of the following have been listened to—our petitions, our public forum, our business plan to make the golf course multipurpose, volunteers and businesses who have offered to do improvements for free, our golf program for youth in schools (GPS) that was denied use of the golf course. Neighborhood meetings were held where we were shut down and we were told to discuss only a public park. The proposed development was not discussed.
The final closure and sale of Glen Lakes golf course occurred without the advisory of the Parks and Rec Advisory Commission. City council did not request any advisory on this important issue, a major land-use change and the removal of a community’s amenity.
We are asking the commission to vote “no” to amending the open space to residential and “no” to rezoning of the Glen Lakes property. We, the citizens, the residents of the Glen Lakes area, are asking the planning commissioners and our city council to listen to our voices.
We want the city to keep Glen Lakes Golf Course and to commit the resources to maintaining Glen Lakes, a city asset and a community amenity!