Stewart: Arizona Legislators falling for Sun City misinformation

Anne Randall Stewart

Some Arizona legislators, including District 21 Sen. Rick Gray (R-Sun City) are pulling Sun City out of the Planned Communities Act after a highly respected Superior Court judge’s summary judgment ruled Recreation Centers of Sun City did, in fact, since 1994 meet the definition to be held to the PCA’s open meetings and open records statutes.

To buy into Sun City you must sign a facilities agreement that requires mandatory assessments to maintain the recreation centers or you lose your home to foreclosure. That meets the definition of PCA. Not rocket science to see that.

District 21 Rep. Kevin Payne’s (R-Peoria) House Bill 2374, which was dead in the Senate, was resurrected March 25 to Senate Bill 1094, an underhanded strike everything bill, hits the agenda in the House Government Committee for March 28, and immediately hundreds of voters signed up for the legislative Request to Speak, the voting tally ‘for’ SB1094. Yet, no bill language was even published at that time.

To garner support for HB 2374, RCSC General Manager Jan Ek claimed the loss of our 55-plus age overlay, which was never even at risk. She mislead to Sun City residents and the Legislature.

Ek has hundreds of names and email addresses, including those of employees, board members and club rosters, and the means to misuse them. Just sign them up for RTS and “vote” on their behalf. Easy.

We barely got our RTS “against” SB 1094 before the committee meeting (see archive video to hear testimony not under oath at http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=22696&autostart=0&meta_id=556509).

Are the Republicans so partisan they will throw Sun City under the bus for Gray?

Trust the judge, not Gray and the RCSC. Gray and RCSC do not support open meetings and open financial records. Sun City needs transparency to prevent the squandering of multi-millions of dollars on special interests.

Legislators, please vote “no” on strike everything SB 1094.

Anne Randall Stewart

Sun City



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