Preserve Petition on the Nov Ballot

$136,150 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 27 months
We have just successfully completed another step in the quest to allow Scottsdale Citizens to control development in our Preserve.    On July 2, over 37,000 signatures were presented to Carolyn Jagger, Scottsdale City Clerk.   We needed just under 24,000 valid signatures to get our voter initiative on citizen control of construction in the Preserve on the November Ballot.  We exceeded our goal by 6000 signatures.    It is now prop 420.  Big thanks to all the volunteer circulators who collected over 80% of those signatures, to our paid circulators (mostly college students) who helped us bridge the gap, and you our generous donors.  We all need to step up again to push this over the finish line.   Encourage friends and family to vote "YES" on prop 420 in November.  Volunteer to pass out flyers or go door to door.   Donate yet again to cover some of these expenses.   Go to our website and sign in for updates.  Together we will pass prop 420 and have the power to determine future development in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Our Money, Our Preserve, Our Vote

VOTE YES ON PROP 420


Saving Our Preserve

Our fundraiser with Mark and Crystal Hansen was a huge success.  Big thanks to all those who attended and gave generously.  

SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO MARK AND CRYSTAL HANSEN for making the POP PAC fundraising event such an incredible SUCCESS! They wanted to actively DO something to help get a “vote for the people”, before the Desert Edge bulldozes its way into the Preserve, scraping several acres, and forever changing the nature of, and modus operandi for our pristine Preserve! Total donations for the event  were over $33,000!  All contributions will go towards making the POP PAC’s Citizen’s Initiative a REALITY by the November elections!


Saving Our Preserve

The lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale has been stayed.  At a study session on the Desert Edge (formerly the DDC) Scottsdale blinked.  City Council decided to wait until the results of the voter initiative that calls for a citizens' vote on any construction projects (except trails and trailheads) in the Preserve are in , and the November elections held.  Over 250 dedicated volunteers signed on to gather signatures for this petition effort.   We are  making hugh strides, but the bar is very high and the need is great. Consider becoming a circulator.  Go to www.ProtectOurPreservePAC.com to get the details.  If you can't collect signatures, consider a donation.
YOU ARE INVITED -
The PAC is sponsoring a marquee event with keynote speaker MARK VICTOR HANSEN, world renowned coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  Topic "Let's Innovately Save the McDowell Mountain Preserve."  Free admission.
Windgate Ranch Outdoor Patio
Tuesday March 27 @ 7 PM 
(west side of Thompson Pk Pkwy, between Bell Rd and Legacy, opposite Gateway Entrance to the Preserve).  






HOORAY!


Our matching fund campaign has collected over $68,000 (this includes matching funds) to date. Contributions come from 3 sources - checks direct to Protect Our Preserve (best way no admin fees), PayPal, and GoFundMe. We have until the end of October to collect another $16,000 from you and this will be matched with an additional $16,000 from our generous anonymous donor! $100,000 is a nice number for our legal effort. Go to our website for information on mailing checks and contributing via PayPal.

Thanks,
Betty Janik, Treasurer
ProtectOurPreserve.org

LITIGATION BEGINS!

The Notice of Claim was filed on May 23, 2017.   Protect Our Preserve and NoDDC are plaintiffs in this action. Go to our web page "ProtectOurPreserve.org" to read the text of the Claim.  Updates will be posted here and on the "ProtectOurPreserve" facebook page.
Your donations are supporting this effort.  Litigation is expensive!  Please donate today and ask your friends and their friends to donate.  We still have over $13,000 of matchng funds available.   Let's save the Preserve from the bulldozers.


BREAKIN NEWS!

An anonymous donor has pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $25,000 in contributions to Protect Our Preserve, Inc.   The funds have been earmarked for legal action to stop the construction of the Desert Discovery Center in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve without a vote.   The deadline for this offer is July 31, 2017.  We need you to donate today!! The combined $50,000 will provide the necessary resources to legally challenge Scottsdale on the DDC issue.  This is the quickest way to stop Scottsdale in their tracks before any construction (or destruction) begins in the Preserve. 

The "Protect Our Preserve" organization is a group of concerned citizens who banded together to STOP the development of a Disneylike attraction at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona. This preserve is a pristine desert oasis that encompasses over 30,000 acres and miles of hiking trails (all paid for by Scottsdale Citizens ballot initiatives).  It is the largest urban preserve in the nation. We are attempting to stop the city council from breaking their promise to us to protect our gem.  This effort needs funding to pay for an ad campaign, flyers and public relations efforts.  So far, a few volunteers have covered the expenses.  We need your donations to expand our efforts to "Protect Our Preserve."  Our need is urgent,  City Council has already appropriated $ 1.7 million to develop plans for the Desert Discovery Center.   Click here  to learn more about our struggle.
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WOW, DO WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!

On July 2, over 37,000 signatures were submitted to the Scottsdale City Clerk for verification of compliance with campaign regulations to secure a spot for the Preserve Initiative on the November ballot. We passed with flying colors! This is the first time in recent Scottsdale history that this type of action has been successful. We owe a huge thanks to our nearly 300 circulators who collected over 80% of the signatures, our paid circulators (mostly college kids) and finally you, our generous donors!! The measure is now known as Prop 420.
However, our work is not done. We need to push this over the finish line on November 6. We need your help. Spread the word to family and friends to vote “YES” on prop 420. The Citizens who paid for the Preserve should control development in the Preserve, not 4 City Council members under the influence of the rich and famous. Many of our detractors are not even from Scottsdale. It is our goal to send our message out to every Scottsdale voter. This is an expensive proposition. Please consider another generous donation. Our opponents are very well funded. They are not averse to spreading false rumors and panic about what this proposition means for the Preserve. We need to get our message out!

For updates go to our Facebook page ProtectOurPreserve.org. To donate by check, go to www.ProtectOurPreserve.Org

OUR PRESERVE, OUR MONEY, OUR VOTE
VOTE YES ON PROP 420!

Sincerely,

Betty
Betty Janik for POP
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A HUGE THANKS GOES OUT TO MARK AND CRYSTAL HANSEN for making the POP PAC fundraising event such an incredible SUCCESS! They wanted to actively DO something to help get a “vote for the people”, before the Desert Edge bulldozes its way into the Preserve, scraping several acres, and forever changing the nature of, and modus operandi for our pristine Preserve! This fundraising event was planned and executed within a mind-boggling three short weeks! Admission was FREE, but donations for the evening totaled nearly $33,000! All contributions will go towards making the POP PAC’s Citizen’s Initiative a REALITY by the November elections!

Mark is probably best known as the co-author of the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. This collection of works has set a world record, with over 500 million books sold! Crystal is a life coach and hypno-therapist.

Brad Kunde, President of the PAC, kicked off the meeting, thanking members of the various groups opposing the DDC/ Desert Edge, and the hundreds of volunteers, who have labored tirelessly to get this on the ballot.
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TO ALL OUR TERRIFIC SUPPORTERS WHO DEARLY LOVE THE McDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE

We need you now!

The Protect Our Preserve PAC is sponsoring an inspiring event with Mark Victor Hansen, World Renowned coauthor of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Book Series.
Topic: "Let's Innovatively Save the McDowell Mountain Preserve"
Where: Windgate Ranch Clubhouse Outdoor Living Room
When: Tuesday, March 27 at 7 PM
Admission: FREE
Windgate Ranch main entrance is located on the west side of Thompson Peak Parkway between Bell Road and Legacy opposite the entrance to the Gateway Trailhead of the Preserve.
The lawsuit has been stayed pending the results of our Voter Initiative Petition effort.
We continue to make progress toward meeting our goal.
However, we NEED YOU:
1. To gather signatures to get the voter initiative on November ballot, and
2. To attend this event, BOTH FOR INSPIRATION AND OUTLINING FUTURE STRATEGIES
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WE DID IT! Thanks to all for supporting our Matching Funds Campaign. We now have over $100,000 for our legal effort. Please sign on to receive updates on our legal challenge at www.protectourpreserve.org or check us out on Facebook protectourpreserve.org
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No DDC!!!

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I totally support protecting the preserve!

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