Today’s dominant front page story by Assistant Managing Editor Ron Eland explores Sedona’s perennial housing shortage.

“Affordable housing,” and the lack thereof, has been a recurring nightmare for residents. In Sedona, “affordable housing” doesn’t necessarily mean Section 8 federally subsidized housing, but rather, housing options that don’t require a sixfigure income or six roommates just to make rent.

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As we reported online Tuesday, and in today’s print edition, voters in the Sedona Fire District jurisdiction have overwhelmingly rejected the SFD Governing Board’s request for a $17.9 million bond for capital improvements.

In informal conversations around the city, it appeared to us that the biggest reason for the rejection was not from the unusually nasty back-andforth from pro- and anti-bond factions, in which we were called “biased media” by one side and “fake news” by the other for reporting the truth, nor from the eleventh-hour campaign financing revelation that Phoenix-based building contractors invested heavily in trying to get the bond passed for the long-term goal of perhaps winning the contracting bids, but rather for the simple fact of the bond’s huge size.

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After the Sedona City Council’s major plan amendment work session, our readers expressed concern over Councilman John Currivan’s inexplicable suggestion that one of the applicants, Son Silver West, be allowed to ignore established deadlines and skip over other businesses in the Planning & Zoning Commission’s queue — businesses that have obeyed the law and met the deadlines and requirements — and be pushed to the forefront.

On Oct. 25, the reason for Currivan’s apparent special treatment of this particular business became apparent in a disturbing development that now raises questions about whether he can be trusted as an impartial and fair adjudicator of the public’s interests.

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At the Sedona City Council meeting on Oct. 25, Councilman John Currivan was the lone vote in opposition to provide reasonable housing options for Sedona residents.

Currivan stood in opposition to every speaker from the public, 13 in all, and six fellow council members in voting against the community’s prevailing and perennial interest in providing more, and more diverse, housing options.

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As the saying goes — don’t say anything at all. Or at least be courteous about it. It’s OK to be direct and blunt, but be respectful on social media, just as if you were speaking to other users in the flesh.

During the recent livestream of the Sedona Fire District bond, due to issues beyond our control, we were not permitted to livestream the opening state­ments by the moderator and the two factions. But we did go live with the Q&A, which lasted about an hour. We posted a notice to our readers on Facebook of the delay.

 

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