The All American Rejects have 38 million hits on YouTube for their video of “Dirty Little Secret.” The City of Surprise, Arizona may see a few hits of its own, especially directed by taxpayers, if they continue their quixotic request to seize property from the largest property owner in its downtown. The Arizona Republic reported on the story awhile back. Here is a link.
But what hasn’t yet been reported is the potential (and very quiet) diversion of funds from a critical road improvement in Surprise to fund the quixotic legal quest. Call it Surprise’s very own version of “Dirty Little Secret.”
Once upon a time a California town called Mammoth Lakes entertained similar notions. Its efforts went down in a blaze of glory, costing the community and its taxpayers millions. A similar fate could await Surprise and its impressive but at times overly aggressive Mayor Sharon Wolcott. The wise men and women of Surprise should not and need not become All Arizona Rejects if this effort goes off the rails more than it already has.