Successful day at Westworld. We had about a dozen volunteers, and great talks with the community. I spoke with exactly 1 person who wanted the project, she was friendly and we agreed to disagree. EVERYONE else said it should go to a vote, even if they like it.
We were escorted out from inside Westworld, but were allowed set up outside in a free speech zone. We had an incredibly noticeable space right in front of the entrance, and people visibly reacted when we pointed to the location. The pitch was so simple “$62M to build on that?” Who knew a free-speech zone would be so awesome!?!?!??! We handed out a lot of fliers and candy.
That’s me, Jason Alexander. I’m 5’7″, a bit fat, but a smaller guy. Mike Norton is 6+ and big. Mike Norton was not at Westworld.
Huge thank you to Scottsdale PD for their politeness and professionalism. We didn’t like being asked to leave, but have only positive things to say about our police officers doing their jobs. We have video of the entire situation, and it shows us being completely calm and respectful, and the police doing the same. A few of the Westworld staff got hot for a moment, but it all worked out so no need to dwell on it.
We will share video with City or police officials if asked, but not the public. Our officers are under the microscope way too often and unfairly. I have absolutely nothing but compliments for our officers doing their jobs. I won’t allow our community to redirect their frustrations with Council, Staff and Campana onto our officers just because it would get us clicks.
I posted all this on Sunday 9-10. Three days later, one of Scottsdale’s anonymous political blogs posted this:
There’s only one problem, Mike Norton was not there. Everyone knows who I am. Sam Campana knows, she was 20 feet away. Why would anyone post such a blatant lie that is so easily disproven? The officers and I introduced ourselves to each other. If a blog has no name, face or method of dialog — spot the fake news.
And FWIW, we were denied a booth last year and Protect Our Preserve had their application revoked, because we had an opposing position. The Westworld VP was included on 5 or more emails this year between us and the City Attorney’s Office – its all public record.