Sam Campana has boasted that the DDCS has a robust partnership with Arizona State University. Like most of Campana’s statements, the truth is not what she claims.
To date, ASU has not given a single nickel to the DDC project. They’ve exchanged a bunch of emails, used some meeting spaces, and lent their logo…but not put up any money. Talk is free, dollars are real. Here is DDCS’ annual report, do you see ASU anywhere on here?
DDCS, Inc has no formal relationship with ASU. ASU signed a Memo of Understanding with the DDC Advocates Group (DDCAG) in 2014. The DDCAG is not the same legal entity as DDCS – it was a citizen’s group who’s goal was to promote a future center. Of course, the same people who now collect six-figure salaries from our taxes sat on both groups and planned how to manipulate the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the City Council and the public (we’ll have more on this in an upcoming post, including screenshots of all their disdainful scheming). This legal distinction is important, however, because it shows there is NO formal agreement between ASU and the DDCS. No money, no agreement, just a lot of talk.
Read the Memo of Understanding here. Its short, and promises a whole lot. But as you can see 3 years later, ASU has not followed up on any of their big promises. No money, no real action, just talk.
So what is ASU’s plan? First, their plan has been to avoid publicity, knowing how opposed people are to the DDC. ASU’s Wellington Reiter said in an email to his team on September 10, 2016 that they “intend to stay below the radar“. Reiter steered ASU even further from the project in November, as captured in DDCS’ Board Meeting notes:
Why? Because ASU is interested in a research facility – ASU’s priority is not the Preserve, not the citizens, and not Scottsdale. Their priority is to have Scottsdale build them a major standalone research facility. We’ve found comment after comment about this from Wellington Reiter and the ASU staff going back to 2014. Here’s a sample:
Upto 100 people, upto 15000 sq ft just for the labs!
The “partnership” with ASU is only for the benefit of the DDCS Consultants, who are selling what is not theirs in exchange for academic credibility for their pet project. Giving away our land and taxes to build ASU a satellite campus is not in the best interests of Scottsdale’s voters.