Imagine this: A City of Scottsdale employee perhaps not enjoying a request or opinion from a citizen decides to choke them, in public and resulting in a police investigation.
How long do you think City Manager Fritz Behring would keep them around? The pink slip likely wouldn’t take as much time as the choke.
Yet, if developers asking for special favors in Scottsdale choke those who disagree with them outside of City Hall that’s apparently OK. At least to some members of the Scottsdale City Council.
This is not a hypothetical. This actually happened over the last month.
The craziness concluded Tuesday night when four members of the City Council, including Mayor Lane, voted down the choker’s request for the WestWorld area, as they rightfully should have on the merits.
But three did not. It’s one thing to be pro-business but to put a choke-hold on common sense is a real head scratcher.
Scottsdale has endured some pitched battles over the years on a whole range of issues. But never has the decorum been as decrepit as this developer’s.
Let’s hope it’s an exception for those who rule in Scottsdale.