Answers Please: El Mirage Officials Remain Mum on Why They Booted Artist From Gallery

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El Mirage Manager Spencer Isom
City Manager Spencer Isom isn't answering questions about why El Mirage kicked its artist-in-residence out of a city gallery last week.
 
Isom was polite enough to return New Times phone call last Monday, when we first wrote about artist Thomas Schultz getting an eviction notice and then being locked out of the gallery before he could actually get to his art and photographs...

But once Isom realized the questions were about Schultz and the gallery, he asked that we submit them in writing.

It didn't make sense, since we already were talking on the phone, we explained, but he would only answer if the questions were e-mailed to him.

So we e-mailed them.

And they were simple ones: Has the City of El Mirage given Thomas Schultz notice to evacuate the art gallery and studio? Why was he given the eviction notice? When was the notice given? When were the locks changed on the building? Why would the city treat someone like this?

And here's what we got back from Isom:

"I will reply on the condition your publication agrees to print my response in its uninterrupted entirety and in the body of the article/blog."

Um, it doesn't work that way, pal.

We wrote back, saying we'd be "happy to get the city's explanation out there" but couldn't possibly agree to print your response in its "entirety."

What if his answers were too long and rambly? What if they didn't actually answer the questions? What if they didn't make sense?

We're not sure why El Mirage is putting another layer of conditions on answering simple, straightforward questions -- and city officials aren't explaining that either.

Must be part of the grand "transparency" plan El Mirage's new leadership pledged when they were running for office.

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17 comments
Friend of Thomas'
Friend of Thomas'

I'd love to hear the City of El Mirage's official statement in writing. If it is not true that allows Thomas Schultz to take action against the City for Defamation of Character.. So please do post the 'official' statement in it's entirety.. The longer the ramble the better the chance is that they will be making false statements. By all means post the response!

happiernowthanbefore
happiernowthanbefore

Did he pay rent or mooch off the city. Usually that's the problem. Have him show his on time rent receipts. Have him document what he actually did for the city. The city may have been acting correctly.

Phoenix Artist
Phoenix Artist

City officials need to answer the questions asked of them! What kind of hanky panky is going on behind closed doors? And why would any self respecting artist want to be a part of such a nasty hearted group of people? Answer the simple questions!

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Bob the secret
Bob the secret

I think Thomas Schultz is sexy. Oooh, yes. Give his art work back.

Randomdude
Randomdude

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear Mr. Isom's reply. Why in the hell would any journalist worth their salt reject a response just because Mr. Isom wants to give his answers in uninterrupted entirety and in context? Do you think it would be okay if Mr. Isom wanted to manipulate the questions you emailed him? Would it be okay if he omitted some words (or added some slants and spins) to benefit his point of view and twist yours? I mean, give me a break. Wouldn't you expect the "simple" questions you asked HIM to retain their meanings. Why would you not allow the responses to retain their meanings as well? Maybe it is YOU that is trying to hide the truth. Or, maybe it is your bias against the city of El Mirage that makes you afraid to find out what's really going on. Your prejudicial article is pathetic and the, "too long and rambly," and, "what if they didn't make sense," excuses are so laughable I am literally shaking my head in disbelief.

how soon they forget
how soon they forget

three bind mice see they stick together like a pack of wild animals randomdude and dr clark who are you realy???? so called randomdude small thinking for small mind you should see dr clark maybe he could help you r maybe you could help him. come out of the shadow POEM people quite lurking the dark like those who dislike others of different nationalities. or maybe you should ask your handler the mayor and her followers.

happiernowthanbefore
happiernowthanbefore

why isn't the artist honest. He knows why he was told to leave the space. How much rent did he pay? What did he actually do? What was accomplished by him? Reporter should have asked HIM the hard questions.

Trekies2002
Trekies2002

so mr no it all! why don't you tell the real story I'm calling you and all like you out into the open. if you have the guts which like all the others I dought you do. all you have is that little voice in your ear you are ncapable of the truth. if you are show up at the next council meeting with your friends I'll be there if you dare? ust remember how soon you forget pass it on or will you just slink back into the dark???????????????????

citizens 4 new mirage
citizens 4 new mirage

hello POEM person! what is wrong now do you need a change of depends? or maybe your hubby does, or maybe you just have'nt been able to BULLY others like in the past? maybe citizens have finaly opened their eyes and see you for what you are.

Dr. Clark
Dr. Clark

I agree with Randomdude. It seems weird that they wouldn't post the answers. Why ask the questions if you won't share the answers? What is the point of the story then? Sounds like Mr. Isom is willing to answer. Just my opinion.

Phoenix Artist
Phoenix Artist

Yes please do post Mr. Isom's reply! Everyone wants to know what his version of the story is!

"What could Thomas Schultz have done to recieve such a short notice and have all his business equipment locked-down by the city, without the proper legal time period allowed by law, to remove his possesions from the property?

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StopBeingSillyandPostIt
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Oh come on, just print the whole response. How long can the answer to those simple questions be? Besides, who cares if it is "long and rambly"? At least will will know the truth about what Mr. Isom thinks is going on. If they don't actually answer the question(s) or make sense at least we will know he is going to try to BS everyone. Finally, Its not like the New Times is lacking for server or blog space. I'm sure there will still be plenty of space for you to add your commentary before (and/or after) posting the El Mirage response.

Ross
Ross

==Its not like the New Times is lacking for server or blog space.==

Paper and ink still come with a price, however, and the idiot wants his version PRINTED.

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