And what will it take to accomplish even the narrowest relaxing of stay-at-home restrictions?
There is so much unknown about this virus and it’s potential for reoccurrence. A vaccine or treatment does not appear imminent. We can’t wait 18 months or longer before we reopen our schools and businesses. Businesses may not survive in the interim.
We know that social distancing does work and has flattened the curve where practiced early and with vigilance. Health professionals tell us we need to test and trace, and test and trace again, before we can safely get back to work and limited activities. Availability of testing kits and protective equipment should be the number one priority of government and elected officials.
Once we have sufficient testing, contact tracing should be the next priority. Hiring, training and deploying contact tracers will give our workforce, teachers, students and the public confidence in returning to socially distanced workplaces, classrooms, restaurants, shops and other venues.
This is the time for strong leadership. A decision on whether Arizona’s stay-at-home order will expire, be extended or modified is due next week. Our city does not have the authority to determine when and how we will reopen our economy. Will local Mayors and elected officials have a say in determining readiness to reopen? Will any latitude be given to cities and towns with a vulnerable tourist based economy?
We must not reopen without a safe-to-open strategy in place. The state is not currently meeting the criteria set by the federal government as a condition for phased reopening. Share your concerns with Governor Ducey at azgovernor.gov or 602-542-4331.
Holli Ploog and Kathy Kinsella
We have become aware that there is an email in circulation with hard copies being distributed in various locations in Sedona that attributes a position to us that we do not hold. No one has asked us our position on this matter.
The message seems to be intended to create an emotional response on a charged issue. The email we saw alleges that, if elected, we would attempt to establish Sedona as a Sanctuary City.
1. This issue is not before the Council and as far as we know has never been raised or discussed.
2. We do not support the idea of Sanctuary Cities or Sanctuary Counties on ANY issue as they violate the law and constitution of the State of Arizona.
We encourage anyone with questions about our positions on specific issues to please contact us. We want voters to know our positions on the issues that impact our community and welcome that opportunity. We can be reached by email at info@VoteSedona.com.
Holli and Kathy
On November 13th, Holli and Kathy had a "community listening session" with a tremendous turnout and many great ideas were shared.
The audience was asked for thoughts, comments, and concerns in several topic areas. These are the items with the most comments, from most to least.
Traffic and Transit - This topic had the most written commentary, by far. There was overwhelming support for public transit, specifically electric transit, through the 179 corridor to the Village of Oak Creek. Some comments questioned the feasibility of transit based on previously unsuccessful attempts.
There were specific comments related to certain design aspects of “Sedona in Motion” projects, such as lane width and encroachment into pedestrian space (specifically the Uptown roundabout).
There were suggestions for pedestrian improvements, including benches and water stations; more traffic signals (Medical Center; a by-pass road from 179 to 89A above Uptown; “pedestrian only” zones in
Uptown; webcams in high-traffic areas like Cook’s Hill, the Y and other congestion hotspots; and higher priority given to infrastructure maintenance in residential areas.
Concern was also expressed about the potential for increased traffic related to proposed developments outside the city limits.
Parking issues also received significant commentary especially near popular trailheads as a cause of causing congestion on residential streets.
Workforce Housing - There was broad agreement that Sedona needs workforce housing. There was also concern about protecting people who face economic hardship, have physical or age related challenges, to maintain their current housing. Attendees support public-private partnerships and public investment to incentivize housing developments. At the same time, those gathered expressed concern that increased density as a tool for developing workforce housing would impact neighborhood character. A show of hands demonstrated this community split.
Short Term Rentals - There was general agreement that the city needs regulatory authority to limit the impact of investor developed short term rentals. This local control can only be granted by the state legislature. There was concern about the deterioration of neighborhoods, increased traffic and lack of long term rental housing linked to the proliferation of short term rentals.
Zoning and Budget - Blank sheets were also provided for topics not listed Two areas that garnered significant comment were zoning and budget. Those gathered felt strongly that the public have input on zoning issues. Comments stated clearly that participants want a public process that is inclusive and allows for their commentary. Preservation of neighborhood character and building height restrictions were dominate themes. On the issue of budget, it was clear from comments that participants want to reduce reliance on contracts for consultants and outside services.
Topics with fewer comments but equally important are as follows:
Environmental Stewardship - General concern about environment and climate crisis issues. Sedona specific suggestions included a wood chip drop, community garden, maintaining and increasing support for Sedona Recycles, lowering the City’s carbon footprint and more attention to trail conditions.
Recreation - Participants want greater investment for our adult community including an extended pool season. People and interesting suggestions regarding the Dog Park and the possibility of a Recreation/Community Center.
Arts and Culture - The audience supported increased financial investment for artist exhibition space, promotion of Sedona as an arts community, and greater involvement of the public in selection of public art.
Tourism - The audience was concerned about the continued promotion of Sedona as a tourist destination and the potential number of new hotel rooms to be added in the community.
Economic Diversity - Although there were not alot comments in this area, there was support expressed for programs that encourage economic diversity and less reliance on tourism as a dominant economic base. One participant highlighted the need to attract greater medical services to the area.
To summarize, there is much that unites us as a community. We also have more complex issues for which we need further discussion and solutions that work for the majority of residents.
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