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City of Tempe gives land to religious group

Jul 13, 2012

Arizona Republic

Tempe violates Arizona Constitution and sells two home lots worth thousands of dollars to a religious group for $20.

Article 2 Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution says:

12. Liberty of conscience; appropriations for religious purposes prohibited; religious freedom

Section 12. ... No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment.

This gift of of property worth thousands of dollars to a religious group certainly seems to violate Article 2 Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.

This gift from the city of Tempe to the religious group also seems to violate Article 9 Section 7 of the Arizona Constitution which says:

7. Gift or loan of credit; subsidies; stock ownership; joint ownership

Section 7. Neither the state, nor any county, city, town ... shall ever give or loan its credit in the aid of, or make any donation or grant, by subsidy or otherwise, to any individual, association, or corporation


3 Habitat LEED homes to be built in Tempe

by Matthew Casey - Jul. 7, 2012 07:32 AM

The Republic

Starting this fall, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona will build three houses in Tempe for low-income families.

The Tempe City Council voted last week to sell two vacant lots, at 2227 E. Randall Drive and 1130 S. Stratton Lane, to Habitat, a Christian-based organization, for $10 each.

Karen Cordy, chief development officer of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, said a family already is chosen for the Stratton Lane property, in the Alegre Community near South McClintock Drive and East Apache Boulevard. The non-profit group will begin construction of a LEED Platinum home on the lot this fall, she said.

Cordy said construction will start next spring on two LEED certifiable homes on the Randall Drive lot, on the eastern side of Loop 101 near South Price Road and East University Drive. Families for those houses have not been selected, she said.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, was developed in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council.LEED-certified homes are designed and built to keep home operation costs to a minimum, increase property value, reduce waste, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, conserve water and energy and be a healthier environment for people living in the house.

Craig Hittie, neighborhood grants analyst for Tempe, said the city had not worked directly with Habitat for about four years and its "great" proposal was a chance to strengthen their relationship.

"We were looking for a non-profit developer to come in and construct new housing that fit the character of the neighborhood," he said.

Larry Schmalz, principal planner for Tempe, said vacant lots in a neighborhood can be a problem because they attract graffiti and illegal dumping.

"It's a good thing for the neighborhood because you are taking a vacant lot that can attract nuisance and turning them into homes," he said.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Mayor of Tempe, Hugh Hallman - He doesn't believe in separation of church and state Hugh Hallman, Mayor
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ


Joel Navarro Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro, Vice Mayor
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

Robin Arredondo Savage, Tempe City Councilman, Tempe City Councilwoman Robin Arredondo-Savage, Councilmember
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

Shana Ellis, Tempe City Councilman, Tempe City Councilwoman Shana Ellis, Councilmember
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

Mark Mitchell Tempe City Councilman Mark Mitchell, Councilmember
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

Onnie Shekerjian Tempe City Councilman, Tempe City Councilwoman Onnie Shekerjian, Councilmember
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

Corey Woods, Tempe City Councilman Corey Woods, Councilmember
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ

Fax: 480-350-8996

While the US Senators, US Congressman, and US Congresswomen from Arizona will not vote on the issue in Tempe they did approve this Federal money which is going to be spent on these religious issues which is a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

They are:

Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl
(202) 224-4521

Senator John McCain of Arizona Senator John McCain
(202) 224-2235

Arizona Congressman Paul A. Gosar Congressman District 1
Paul A. Gosar (R)
504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2315
Fax: (202) 226-9739

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks  Congressman District 2
Trent Franks (R)
2435 Rayburn Office Building
Washington. DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4576
Fax: 202-225-6328

7121 West Bell Road
Suite 200
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-776-7911
Fax: 623-776-7832

Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle Congressman District 3
Ben Quayle (R)
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3361
Fax: 202-225-3462

2400 E. Arizona Biltmore Circle
Suite 1290
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-263-5300

Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor Congressman District 4
Ed Pastor (D)
2465 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4065

411 North Central Avenue
Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 256-0551
Fax: (602) 257-9103

Arizona Congressman David Schweikert Congressman District 5
David Schweikert (R)
1205 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2190
Fax: (202) 225-0096

10603 North Hayden Rd, Ste 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 946-2411
Fax: (480) 946-2446

Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake Congressman District 6
Jeff Flake (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 224-3121

Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva Congressman District 7
Raul Grijalva (D)
1511 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph (202) 225-2435
fax (202) 225-1541

738 N 5th Ave. Suite 110
Tucson, AZ 85705
ph (520) 622-6788
fax (520) 622-0198

Arizona Congressman Gabrielle Giffords Congressman District 8
Gabrielle Giffords (D)
1030 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515-0308