John Shadegg, Other Moon Valley Elitists Trying to Keep Goodwill Out of the Neighborhood

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Some homeowners in the North Phoenix country-club enclave of Moon Valley can't believe that Goodwill is trying to open a retail store in their neighborhood.

A few of the residents, like former Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, are rallying others to demand City of Phoenix officials not allow Goodwill to open the store at the former location of an AJ's Fine Foods store, at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.

"This is a great opportunity to let the city know we don't appreciate what they have done to us and to demand that they do whatever it takes to stop the store in our neighborhood from ever opening," Shadegg says in an e-mail thread between Moon Valley residents, which was obtained by New Times.

Shadegg, now a partner at the Steptoe & Johnson law firm, did not return a message left on his phone last week.

One woman heavily involved in the circulating e-mails actually went to all of the north Phoenix Goodwill stores, and shared pictures in an obvious attempt to make a point that Goodwill stores invite seedy businesses and people. There's a special emphasis on "smoke shops" located near Goodwill stores.

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This Goodwill location is too close to this jewelry store and smoke shop, according to a Moon Valley resident.

Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates, who represents Moon Valley as part of his district and has been involved in the conversations between Goodwill and the neighborhood residents, tells New Times one of the residents' primary concerns is property values. He said some residents have called this potential Goodwill store the "gateway into Moon Valley moving onto Seventh Street."

"They want that [shopping] center to be as well-positioned as possible," he says.

In reality, where some of these residents don't appear to live, Moon Valley's a little different than it used to be. Perhaps the recession already murdered their home values, not a charity's prospective retail store. The Moon Valley County Club and its golf course have been in bankruptcy proceedings for some time. And, as one Moon Valley resident who wished to remain anonymous pointed out, this crop of residents couldn't even keep the age-old AJ's store open.

"Apparently the neighborhood isn't elite enough to support a fine-food-and-wines establishment," he says. "There's a dollar store several shops down. How did they let that get in?"

Still, the residents seem heated about this store, as Goodwill has apparently signed a lengthy lease agreement in the old AJ's location.

It's described in the e-mails as "INCOMPATIBLE with the current tenants of the [shopping center] and the surrounding residential areas and neighborhoods."

It's "completely inappropriate," according to an e-mail spread by "neighborhood advocate" Amy Mais. The retail stores around other Phoenix Goodwill stores are "very troubling" and "of the lowest possible quality."

"More concerning, was the complete absence of any retail that would be of value to Moon Valley residents," she continues. "We did not see any nice grocery stores, restaurants, or destination spots for families with children. If Goodwill moves into Moon Valley, the shops, restaurants, and services that our community wants and needs, will close up or relocate. They will be replaced by low end retail that is not appropriate for our neighborhood."

An online petition with more than 800 signatures provides many of the same sentiments.

Vice Mayor Gates says this saga will end one of two ways -- either Goodwill could agree to a different tenant going into the space, or Moon Valley's gettin' a Goodwill.

Gates says it appears that Goodwill is open to the idea of sub-leasing the location to a new tenant, if everyone agrees on it, and the talks are still ongoing.

Moon Valley resident e-mails suggest that they're trying hard to get Trader Joe's to put one of its specialty grocery stores in the location, naturally.

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terifyffe
terifyffe

Snobbish, elitists who think WAY too much of themselves.  Shame on you, Moon Valley !

Alyssa Vetter
Alyssa Vetter

There was a Goodwill built not too far from where I shop. The neighborhood is a fairly well do to suburb. Probably not as ritzy as Loon Valley here, but not low income by any means. This Goodwill is packed no matter what day or what time it is! Times are tough for a whole lot of people and the Goodwill helps many, many people weather this depression. I've shopped at various Goodwills throughout southeastern Wisconsin since I was a child - and I still love going! Shame on Loon Valley for being so snobbish! The Goodwill is a wonderful organization!

Howard Lee
Howard Lee

Shame on Moon Valley! They didn't support the AJ's and now they prefer to have that space naked? No one said they were smart, just "Elitists."

MAA711
MAA711

The writer of this article is correct. The neighborhood has indeed begun to lose value on its own but does that not mean that we should try to prevent that from happening further? I'm sorry if this sounds insensitive but sunnyslope is just around the corner and placing a retail store that targets a lower income market is inviting that demographic to move in. We cannot deny that crime is synonymous with a lower income demographic. It's simply a fact. Placing a goodwill in the neighborhood will only contribute to its demise. The only opinion that should be considered is that of the residents who have paid mortgages and supported business in the area for years and not that of individuals making this into a political/social issue.

MAA711
MAA711

The writer of this article is correct. The neighborhood has indeed begun to lose value on its own but does that not mean that we should try to prevent that from happening further? I'm sorry if this sounds insensitive but sunnyslope is just around the corner and placing a retail store that targets a lower income market is inviting that demographic to move in. We cannot deny that crime is synonymous with a lower income demographic. It's simply a fact. Placing a goodwill in the neighborhood will only contribute to its demise. The only opinion that should be considered is that of the residents who have paid mortgages and supported business in the area for years and not that of individuals making this into a political/social issue.

LOLATNIMBYS
LOLATNIMBYS

Lol these people are such a bunch of jokers, a smokeshop and a raggy looking jewelry store are worth more than a goodwill? Maybe Amy should drive her know it all self into some of the nicer neighborhoods which goodwill operates in and see for herself how it really is. These clowns think they're so rich why don't they compare their houses to LA or Miami and get put in their place. 

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Sister was robbed in the parking lot of goodwill and they did nothing to assist in catching the criminal. Fuck em.

GoodwillCentralAZ
GoodwillCentralAZ

Thank you for your responses and questions regarding the 14c certificate.  We always encourage people to do their research when supporting any organization.  And feel it is our responsibility to make sure you receive the most accurate information about us locally.

Every Goodwill organization, all individually operated throughout the United States, use the tools and resources they need to best serve their local communities.  At Goodwill of Central Arizona, we DO NOT use the Special Minimum Wage Certificate and all our employees are paid at or above the state minimum wage. 

We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have and hope we can continue to have your support here in the Phoenix area.  Your support helps provide job preparation and placement services to thousands of Arizonans every year. If you would like to contact us directly, please email us at Communications@goodwillaz.org.  Thank you - Goodwill of Central Arizona.

Kevin Flanagan
Kevin Flanagan

New Times, I love you, but we have to talk. Before posting this article, did Matthew Hendley bother to even Google "Goodwill" and see that they were exposed LESS THAN A WEEK AGO for exploiting the disabled and pocketing fortunes in tax-payer supported income? Or was the chance to push an adolescent classist agenda too good to resist? I've no love for the country-club set, but the pandering tone of this article shows that it was easier to be sarcastic ("Moon Valley resident e-mails suggest that they're trying hard to get Trader Joe's to put one of its specialty grocery stores in the location, naturally.") than to do anything resembling investigative research. How could he have put out an article ABOUT GOODWILL without even mentioning these facts unless he was totally oblivious to them?

Kevin Flanagan
Kevin Flanagan

Fucking New Times- bad timing to try and make people who don't want to support goodwill look bad.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

rofl...who gives a rats rear end what Shadegg thinks about anything. Moon Valley golf club had the same attitude all through out the 70s-90s and now they are bk. All u whiners step to the plate and buy the strip mall.

Craig O'Dell
Craig O'Dell

Maybe you should write an article on the fact that Goodwill uses government loopholes to hire handicapped people and pay them UNDER $1/hour, and that only a TINY FRACTION of the company's profits go to helping the needy...all while this multi-BILLION dollar company pays the corporate assholes bonuses in the millions!!

Robin Byram
Robin Byram

Ten other Goodwill stores serve this area. We don't need another one. Not everyone who lives in this neighborhood at 7th Street and Thunderbird...can afford a country club membership...stop using such a broad brush to characterize the people who live in this part of Phoenix.

Eddie Martinez
Eddie Martinez

how about go fuck your mother and educate me before your comment

Trevor Kriz
Trevor Kriz

I was born and raised in Moon Valley and I worked at that AJ's Fine Foods as a kid. My parents still live in Moon Valley! John Shadegg and the residents of Moon Valley have every reason to complain about this - Our neighborhood has seen crime double over the past 10 years. Goodwill is a decent company however that particular location deserves something better...plain and simple.

Mikey Wácala
Mikey Wácala

hahahahahahha im in cali anyway smoking bud with no ID so suck my cock

Mikey Wácala
Mikey Wácala

shut the fuck up before i beat your ass like a bitch that you are

Alexandrea Gunnells
Alexandrea Gunnells

I was going to say it'd be nice to have another one closer to me, besides the crummy one at cave creek and cactus. Then I read the Huffington Post article linked above. Their rising prices have been irritating me for years, and I knew they were corrupt and someone was getting rich off of selling donated items. But, it's even worse than I thought! I would only shop there on half off days, but looks like I'm going to have to stop. There are plenty of small thrift shops around town that support local charities.

Mikey Wácala
Mikey Wácala

if arizona could, they would kick out any businesses that cater to mexicans.......

tipster67
tipster67

Goodwill should just sub-let the property to a smoke shop and maybe a stripper joint. 

Scott Leamy
Scott Leamy

Coming from residents who probably shop at Walmart...

Jim Pompe
Jim Pompe

God bless you John and all your neighbors too.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

Moon Valley has enough problems right now, especially with the country club.. should have opened that golf course up to the public many MOONs ago..

Angie Bellinger
Angie Bellinger

If it was a consignment store with they be okay with that? smh

Fury
Fury

Ridiculous! Bring in Trader Joe's? Why? AJ's closed due to lack of business, and so did Fresh & Easy. Let's not forget Market Bistro and Basis, and the other food venues that have come and gone in the last few years.

Other than Valero and McDonalds....nothing on this corner in any direction is doing bang up business! Believe me, I would love TJ in the neighborhood, but let's be honest, with the downturn, Goodwill (like Dollar Tree) is going to survive longer on that corner. With Goodwill traffic ( and it will be busy, have no fear) comes stops at Starbucks, Shell, McDonald's or Dunkin Donuts. Or hey, there's a Walgreen's. Or Safeway. Etc.

Having Goodwill in Moon Valley, will boost it's economy, like it or not. If you'd rather that corner become a ghost town, then fine. See what moves in when everything is abandoned and rent comes way down. Goodwill won't look so bad.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Uh, were these snotty little rich brats (more likely rich in their own minds only) not paying attention a few years ago, when Dollar Tree moved into that center? Or were they too busy playing golf at Moon Valley Country Club to notice? Now Moon Valley Country Club is a bankrupt dump, at least by country club standards, and that AJ's should have been closed years before Bashas' finally put it out of its misery. It was never busy. Moon Valley has always been a poor cousin to the Biltmore; a neighborhood for middle class people that like to pretend that they're rich. Now that the recession wrecked the the house of cards that was the phony paper real estate wealth that most Moon Valley-ites lived on, and the retail is just catching up to reality. Moon Valley is a middle-class neighborhood, and middle-class people in America (what's left of them) can't afford to shop at AJ's anymore - they shop and Wal-Mart, dollar stores and Goodwill. 

Don't worry, Moon Valley residents, today's Goodwill Stores are a far cry from their dirty, musty roots in the 70s. Today's Goodwills are bright, clean, and full of designer duds and goodies. Seriously. Good deals on some decent quality stuff, and you'll be doing your part to help the environment by recycling instead of buying all that new, cheap, overpriced shit from China that Macy's sells. You might be pleasantly surprised at who shops there, you might even see some people you know. It's the 21st Century, Moon Valley, welcome to it. Enjoy! :)

freshstartaz
freshstartaz

All you rich folks are not in accordance with agenda 21 ?   You better wake up.   The government is heading up this movement into poverty for the masses.    Better look it up and see that it is already happening.  Agenda 21 is what you should be fighting.  

Where were you congressman shadegg when this all started ?

Hope they open a low cost health clinic in your neighborhood too !  

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I know what Goodwill can do... lease a space in the strip mall closest to Joe's house in Fountain Hills.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Ain't capitalism a bitch.  The type of store that they want - AJ's Fine Foods - wasn't profitable there so it closed and a store that believes it could be profitable there - Goodwill - wants to open.  It totally sucks, doesn't it, when real life intercedes on the fantasy land that these folks have tried to create for themselves.  Maybe, just maybe, their neighborhood isn't as highfalutin as they'd like to believe.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

So, in summary, we should be outraged that people with more wealth than ourselves would take steps to prevent their property values from going down, and the supporting argument is that their property values are already dropping so why bother trying to stop it.

LOLATNIMBYS
LOLATNIMBYS

@Marco Cruz Is it goodwills job? Sounds like a police issue

Good4Phx2345
Good4Phx2345

@GoodwillCentralAZ Thank you for clarifying that this is not a policy in AZ. I just saw the pieces below and was surprised.  I've always appreciated the role that Goodwill plays in our community and knowing your policy in Arizona demonstrates your value even more to me!

LOLATNIMBYS
LOLATNIMBYS

@Kevin Flanagan Have you personally done research into the policies on that? Or do you just rely on half a$$ed articles?

LOLATNIMBYS
LOLATNIMBYS

@Craig O'Dell Do you have the paystubs for those bonuses? Or are you just relying on some bs articles? 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Fury  The economy is finally beginning to turn around.  If the people there believe that it's better to wait it out until higher quality stores can fill the spot, they have the right to make that decision.  If there aren't enough of them who care, that's another matter.


jeanjb
jeanjb

@freshstartaz im all ready for agenda 21,as youj rich fuckers bankrupted me and my business and weakened my country's defense and BK the country by selling us to the Chinese!......asshole

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative No evidence was provided that property values in areas around Goodwill stores goes down.  Why don't you deal with the facts instead of your gut?  Not a very good capitalist are you now.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative The "people there" don't own the shopping plaz.  The "people there" didn't take the financial risk to buy the plaza, have to make loan payments on it and try to make something of it.  When they do take that risk and operate it then they can dictate what company gets to open up shop there.  Until then, as long as it isn't an incompatible use (e.g. dairy farm, heavy manufacturing) the owners get to rent it as they.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot  Actually, I'm a good enough capitalist to know that if you wait until there's evidence that the store drives property values down, it's too late.  This is also a democracy, where the residents have some say over the market.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Zoning laws dictate the type or category of commercial or residential use, but cannot be uses to dictate winners and losers within a category.  Zoning laws protect compatible use - they ensure that a 3 shift heavy equipment factory isn't built in the middle of an established neighborhood or that a high-density multistory residential project isn't built in the middle of a low density neighborhood of 1 house per acre lots.  What you are suggesting is that the city has the power or authority to say that a McDonalds may be opened at a specific location but a Burger King or Wendy's may not be.  Goodwill is a clothing and housewares store - nothing more - and is no different than Kohls in that respect.  The residents may not like the source of its merchandise, its price-point or its target customer, but it's a retail store no different than Kohls or other similar enterprises.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public There are zoning laws and legal provisions for citizens to petition to keep certain businesses out.  The owners of the shopping plaza were aware of that when they took the risk.

freefromtheman
freefromtheman

@valleynative @ExpertShot You'd better re-read your history books. The U.S. is a Constitutional Republic. The word "democracy" does not appear anywhere in the Declaration of Independence or Constitution. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo That's not the way it works with businesses.  Since they are licensed by the local government, the citizens are able to petition the local government to determine who is or is not licensed to do business there.

drgonzo
drgonzo

@valleynative @ExpertShot they do have a say by patronizing (or not) the business.  Fuck them.  They should marshal their massive resources and buy out goodwill's lease to protect the landlord's bargain, and hold the site for an approved business.  Fuck them for dictating to the landowner what tenant is acceptable.  Either give the parties the benefit of their bargain, or STFU.

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