People around Prescott continue to have mixed feelings. One resident said, “I think the mural is great. It's wonderful”, while another person said, “I see a giant kid on there and it looks more like graffiti than it does art.” But on Saturday June 5th, it was approximately 500 supporters of the mural who decided to manifest their strength publicly. In this separate story, KTVK reports that dozens of mural supporters showed up to express themselves publicly and protest a decision by Miller Valley Elementary School officials to order the mural's creators to "lighten" the skin tones on the darker kids in the mural. But even before the rally, school officials reversed themselves at the last moment and are allowing the mural to be returned to its original state. KTVK news video embedded below:
Former Prescott Mayor Jack Wilson has called on Steve Blair to resign, claiming the Blair has "sullied the image of Prescott worldwide", and citing the thousands of media and blog sites worldwide which have picked up the story. However, some of the sites cited by Wilson, including the Huffington Post and the Daily Kos, lack credibility because they are partisan left-wing sites. When asked if he would resign, Blair replied, "When my constituents in the city tell me it's time for me to go, and that I'm affecting how the city does its business, I will go. I ran because I wanted to help. If I can no longer do that, I'll step down." But even if Blair ultimately decides to resign, he will be honored for having the guts to speak out publicly against forced diversity and multiculturalism, and then standing firm in defense of his principles.
Prescott News provides more information on when the dispute became public HERE. In the comments section to the Prescott News story on Blair's firing, Adam Rowling exposes some chicanery (no pun intended) on the part of Prescott Alternative Transportation, who directed $5,000 of taxpayer funds to this mural in the first place:
The comments made by Mr. Blair will be his undoing. Fairly or unfairly he will never shake the image his comments created. Councilman Blair will always lose any argument he makes (regardless of topic). Anyone who disagrees will be able to use the, “Blair is a bigot” counter argument. His effectiveness as a council person is severely diminished. Short of holding hands with Jesse Jackson at a Rainbow Push march he will be unable to rebrand himself. He has no one to blame but himself.
The ironic part is that his comments will likely keep the pork barrel mural in place for a longer period of time than his silence would have. It will be difficult to expose the waste of money and frivolousness of the project when the benefactors (PAT) have the race card to play.
This mural project had many legitimate faults that were all visible before the first paint hit the wall. (The mural itself is a quality piece, professionally applied by true craftspeople; the artists are in no way the targets of my criticism).
My criticism of the mural is based on financial responsibility and an ethical obligation of government to work with honest, trustworthy, and non-partisan organizations.
Prescott Alternative Transportation is clearly a leftist organization. PAT is for the redistribution money from the majority to a minority (car drivers to bike riders). For any doubts look up the back grounds of the board of directors and staff. http://www.prescottbikeped.org/board.htm
Prescott Alternative Transportation is willing to operate outside of the law. The office at 309 East Gurley was taxed as an owner occupied residential for two or more years when it only purpose was an office. A residence is taxed at 10 percent and commercial is over 20, so PAT is paying 50 percent less than its share. (The owner of the property is directly related to PAT) Think about this; an organization that uses tax money to operate does not pay its fair share of tax. (Use the yavapai county gis to verify).
Prescott Alternative Transportation is operating a business in a building that is not up to code. Currently PAT has been threatened with a lawsuit by the City of Prescott if it does not come into compliance by July 1st. This office is a non-compliant building and has operated outside of its legal use for many years.