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Stacey Champion Speaks in Opposition to Mega Circle K in Downtown Phoenix

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Published on Dec 10, 2013

One year ago, the downtown Phoenix community battled back a Mega Circle K in downtown Phoenix (http://phxosophical.blogspot.com/2012...).

Circle K came back with a high priced lobbyist (who also represents some police associations) played games with the community by postponing and dragging out the hearings during the holidays, and a Downtown Devil journalist was told by a City Council meeting attendee that he was offered a Friends of Circle K t-shirt and $10 to attend the meeting in support of the Circle K project. (http://bit.ly/1bvC4Kn)

Nine downtown Phoenix organizations, HOA's and neighborhood associations along with nearly 500 residents who signed petitions stood in opposition to the mega Circle K project. The main community concerns were voiced over crime at Circle K's, traffic/ safety and design as the location is the gateway to downtown. The neighborhood has been undergoing revitalization at both a grassroots and development level for some time, and many sustainability initiatives are happening in this community as it's considered the arts and cultural hub of downtown Phoenix, is home to the First Friday art walk and is home to businesses (many locally owned) residents and ASU students.

The Phoenix City Council voted in favor of the liquor license for the project, sang the praises of Circle K and discussed how Circle K serves the need of the food desert issue in the downtown community. Appalling. The sole NO vote was Mayor Stanton. Councilman Johnson who serves this district will be replaced by a new Councilperson Kate Gallego next month.
The entire council proceedings can be viewed here: http://phoenix.gov/citygovernment/phx...

It is time for our elected officials to serve the community who elected them versus large corporate interests and lobbyists.

It is time for our city to stop settling.

Next stop is the State Liquor Board. If you live own or lease within one mile of the proposed 7th St. & Roosevelt Circle K, here are instructions on protesting the liquor license. http://www.azliquor.gov/assets/docume...

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