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I hiked this trail about twenty years ago. At that time there was no parking lot and the trail head was difficult to find. It is truly a beautiful walk. However, I would recommend that people, especially those not accustomed to hiking or Arizona's heat, should avoid the trail in the summer. If you do go please take more water than you think you will need and go only in the very early morning.11 months ago
Thank you John. Dale, i agree with you. It is past time for this "controvery" to be over. The police and fire serve and support the entire, and that means even people we do not like, community. That is why they were there on April 21. That is why they should be there next year and every year to follow.
Apr 30, 2012
Maryellen, You need to take the issue up with the city council. Members of the council have, according to my sources, banned the board in Gilbert from doing anything to do with controversial issues. That includes those issues which are commonly part ot the resposibilities of human relations commissions.May 27, 2011
Mauela, I understand your frustration. However, the Human Relations Advisory Board did not play "hot potato" with the issue as you put it. They researched the issue of immigration diligently, heard from all sides, and came to a decision. In point of fact they postpoed work on two major issues in order to address the Utah Compact. Were you aware that it took a year for the authors of the compact to come to an agreement?
There was a motion to pass the Utah Compact to the council in April. It was made by someone anxious to do something. However it neglected certain necessary steps. Further it was made without testimony from the Mesa Police Department or detailed information or statistics on the impact of current immigration policies on children and families. Additionally in order for the compact to have ay chance of passing it needed to be accompanied by a summary of research and public comment.
On May 25 the board that you despise voted unanimously to forward the Mesa Compact to the Mesa City Council along with the summary, the research, public comments, etc. Additionally the voted to adopt and endorse, as an offical position of the board, the Utah Compact. Further they voted to hold open discussions with residents of Mesa on immigration.
As to those who disagree with the Mesa Compact, I would advise that you take your blinders off, lose the impediments of rhetoric, and read the compact with an open mind.,
May 27, 2011