ORANGE Annual Luncheon A Smashing Success!

The ORANGE Coalition held it’s annual luncheon on Wednesday, January 4th at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.  The agenda boasted nationally recognized speakers, state representatives, and key stakeholders in matters relating to private property rights.  The lunch meeting was attended by not only ORANGE Board members and officers, but elected officials, experts in private property rights and eminent domain issues, and supporters of the ORANGE Coalition.

Kicking off the agenda, Chairwoman Laura Knaperek welcomed nearly 40 attendees to the annual luncheon.  The Chairwoman presented a short overview of the ORANGE Coalition, its purpose, strategy, and guiding principle, as well as an introduction of the ORANGE Board of Directors.  She also outlined the Critical Success Factors identified by the Board of Directors for 2012.  In addition, the attendees were provided with the highlights of the history of ORANGE, and areas where the coalition is watching private property rights issues throughout Arizona.

Elected officials in attendance were Sen. Sylvia Allen, Rep. Michele Ugenti, Councilwoman Linda Milhaven (Scottsdale), Councilman Ron McCullagh (Scottsdale), Councilman Dennis Robbins (Scottsdale), and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp (Scottsdale).  Former State Senator Chuck Gray, an ORANGE Coalition Board member, was present in the audience.  Special recognition to Mr. Ray Torres, Ex-Officio Officer, and ORANGE Coalition Advisory Board member was also accorded.  Another former ORANGE Board member, Mr. Jim Ogsbury, now with the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, was introduced, as well.

Timothy Sandefur, a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation gave the keynote address, focusing on private property matters from a federal standpoint.  His talk focused on the history and current status of private property law today.  A highly respected authority on private property matters, his perspective from a larger standpoint was well received by luncheon attendees.

Following Mr. Sandefur, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen brought the focus back to Arizona, and specifically, the status of legislation introduced in the Second Regular Session of the 49th Legislature.  SCR1046 deals with navigable waters in Arizona, and can be further reviewed here.  Senator Allen explained that this bill had some language problems that still need to be resolved before re-introduction.

Senator Allen was followed by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute.  Mr. Dranias outlined the instituted legislative agenda for 2012, highlighting possible private property rights matters, and he spoke briefly about the Goldwater Institute’s Freedom Agenda and New Charter for American Cities movements.

Narrowing the focus even more, Mr. Steven Hirsch of Bryan Cave spoke about local issues, and in conjunction with Mr. Ken Strobeck of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, the attendees were enlightened as to the various opinions of municipalities with regard to private property issues.  The two provided a balanced outlook from both sides of the issue.  Attendees were then invited to ask questions and talk amongst themselves near the end of the agenda.

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