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Request for Deaccession Villa Letter

Request for Deaccession Villa Letter

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July 2018 EMAIL
AND CERTIFIED MAIL
Carol Varney, Executive Director
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Dear Ms. Varney:
Judicial Watch, its own behalf and behalf concerned private citizens and other
interested parties, pursuant the Public Art Program Relocation and Deaccession policy the
City Tucson, Arizona, Administrative Directive No. 7.01-7, dated September 16, 2006, hereby
submits this request for deaccession the Pancho Villa statue located Veinte Agosto Park
(between Broadway and Congress Street, west Church Avenue). The grounds for this request
include but are not limited overwhelming public objection the Villa statue, the fact that the
Villa statue was accepted, approved and sited without any public hearing accountability, and
the Villa statue endangers public safety. request public hearing this request and full
participation the process due the request. Sustained and Ovenvhelming Public Objection the Villa Statue. May 25, 2018, Judicial Watch submitted public records request the City
Tucson pursuant the Arizona Public Records Law, A.R.S. 39-101 seq., for the following
public records concerning the Pancho Villa statue:
Any and all documents, contracts, MOUs and/or agreements pertaining the donors
and/or City Tucson obligations and/or the donation circumstances the Pancho
Villa statue.
Any and all documents, budgets, and/or expenditures for the City Tucson fiscal years
1981 2018 regarding the maintenance, renovation, repair and/or security costs the
Pancho Villa statue.
Any and all communications, documents, legal briefs and/or publications regarding
Tucsons civic interests involved the creation and siting the Pancho Villa statue.
Any and all requests for relocation and/or deaccession the Pancho Villa statue received the City Tucson and/or the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
(AFTSA) and/or the Relocation/Deaccession Subcommittee the Public Art and
Community Design Committee (PACD) between June 30, 1981 May 25, 2018.
Any and all policies, rules, ordinances and/or regulations regarding the relocation
and/or deaccession artwork owned and/or under the control the City Tucson. response this request was received from the City Tucson about June 11, 2018.
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The Citys response failed provide any records described paragraph relating the
cost taxpayers maintaining the Villa statue; and further did not include any records
described paragraph regarding the Citys obligations with respect the Villa statue. The
records that were provided demonstrate overwhelming public objection the Villa statue.
Specifically, out fourteen communications from the public included the response
only one supported the Villa statue and that letter came from non-resident Arizona with
Newport, Rhode Island address and was dated sixteen days after the Villa statue was unveiled.
Thirteen communications, all from Tucson residents and organizations including the
Veterans Affairs Committee for the City Tucson, the Tucson Chapter the Association the
United States Army, the Tucson Chapter The Military Order the World Wars, and the
Patriotic and Civic Coordinating Council Tucson strongly opposed the Villa statue. The
words used this public outcry describe what can only widespread public opposition
includeddisagree, very much against, opposition, unanimously protest, objection,
strongly opposing, violently oppose, protesting the building statue, and contest that
Pancho Villa statue;
bad taste, gross insult insult business here inappropriate error
affront; and its disgrace the people Arizona ... send monument that nature
General George Pershing the Mexican government.
bandit, revolutionary, gang bandits, murderer (six times), lawless, rustler,
ravager, bandit (three times), desperado (twice), outlaw (twice), cruel crafty selfseeker without sense loyalty, and abhor the aggrandizement the terrorist, bandit,
pillager and murderer Pancho Villa[.]
Veterans groups, particular, questioned Villas connection Tucson. Pancho Villa
did nothing warrant the placing his statue Tucson. (See Letter, May 18, 1981, The
Military Order the World Wars). Pancho Villa has never contributed beneficial
relationship between the United States and Mexico[.] (See Letter, May 15, 1981, Patriotic and
Civic Coordinating Council Tucson). These Veterans groups suggested, would far more
suitable place the mall memorial American hero such General Pershing who
spent some time Tucson[.] (See Letter, May 18, 1981, The Military Order the World
Wars). General Pershing was winter visitor Tucson for several years and had many friends the community, was here that suffered serious heart attack and was hospitalized for
some time what now the Tucson Medical Center. (See Letter, May 14, 1981, Association the United States Army).
II.
The Villa Statue Was Erected Without Any Public Hearing Accountability.
Notwithstanding, perhaps even because the overwhelming public objection Villa
statue, the records further demonstrate the Villa statue was accepted, approved, and sited only
two months time and without any public hearing, public involvement accountability. The
process was not open and transparent. The public was deliberately shut out according the
Chairman the Veterans Affairs Committee for the City Tucson, who wrote the Mayor
and City Council the following:
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This committee has asked that action particularly the location the statue
taken only after public bearing that Veterans organizations and other
interested groups would have the opportunity present their views. ***
specific request was ignored without providing the courtesy acknowledgment.
*** That this matter was referred the Commission Arts for recommendation
was itself error the statue not mere esthetic problem but political one
that found the history Southern Arizona. Any organization that has
concern for the United States and Arizona has interest this action.
(Letter, May 18, 1981, Joan Wagman, Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee).
This same Chairman also opposed the Villa statue citizen and taxpayer, noting
supposed have been put private fund the Governor, and requesting itemized
account every moment, every bucket sand, every bag cement. (See Transcribed Call
No. 81-386, June 29, 1981). There are records included the response any public
financial accountability for the Villa statue.
III.
The Villa Statue Endangers Public Safety.
Council Member Roy Laos candidly described one the public safety problems with
the Villa statue follows:
About moving from Himmel Park this location and the safety standards.
mean the safety problems associated with kids crossing the street.
(See Verbatim Transcript, Mayor and Council Study Session, May 11, 1981
The records demonstrate serious attention was paid public safety. prominent
location took precedence over public safety.
Our investigation further indicates the Veinte Agosto Park where the Villa statue sits
was closed August 10, 2015 due its invasion the Occupy Tucson movement that began 2011. [T]he City Tucson posted park closed signs around Veinte Agosto Park due
public health and safety concerns, including young mans death the park back June [2015],
where major homeless encampment clean-up also took place. (See Indefinite Closure for
Veinte Agosto Park http://www.kvoa.com/story/29755826/indefinite-closure-for-veinte-deagosto-park). The park was assigned full-time 24/7 squad law enforcement officers due
the invasion this transient group. They lived out ofdream pods.
IV.
Demand For Public Hearing.
Judicial Watch requests full, fair, open and transparent process for handling this request
and the opportunity fully participate the process including, for example, attendance the
initial meeting the Public Art and Community Design Committee. (See Administrative
Directive 7.01-7, Public Art Program Relocation and Deaccession, September 16, 20061
VI.A.2.). further request public hearing this request. (See id. VI.A.6.).
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Sincerely,
MARKSPENC
Southwest Proj ects Coordinator
Judicial Watch, Inc.
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FAX: (202) 646-5199 Email: fo@JudicialWatch.org www.JudicialWatch.org