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The Bullies in Government


“Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

It looks like the bullies on the Chandler City Council are moving forward to condemn businesses to make way for a new city hall in downtown Chandler as we discussed here yesterday.

After a vote of 4-3 on Thursday, the council decided to authorize powers of eminent domain because the negotiations, to date, have failed.

Buried in this story is this little nugget for the true intentions of their project…

Supporters of the move said a proposed $66 million City Hall project is needed to spur redevelopment in the aging downtown area along Arizona Avenue, and to relieve overcrowded city offices.

The new city hall is only one aspect of this effort.  The true intention is economic redevelopment.  So let’s be clear, we are going to take the private property of someone in order to change the businesses that line the streets in that area; that sounds like something a bully would do.

Let us remember the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

At this point, three business do not think that they have received just compensation for their property.  In fact, as we mentioned, the city intentionally low balled their first offer in order to entice them in the second offer which is still not a fair price according to the owners.

These thugs must be stopped.  Otherwise, the next victim might be you!


One Response to “The Bullies in Government”

  1. good post. keep on top of this story. Get your old email list out and send out an invitation to your blog for their comments. Keep up the good work for AZ.

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