Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
Consider the invite below to a $250-per-person fundraiser for Johnson's campaign shows the May 30 event was hosted by a Who's Who of Valley developers, consultants and zoning attorneys, including Edwin "Ed" Bull, Paul Gilbert, Nick Wood and Wayne Howard.
During a May 14 Planning Commission meeting -- about two weeks before that scheduled fundraiser -- Johnson voted favorably on a couple of development projects represented by Gilbert, an influential zoning attorney. (Minutes, Pages 6-28)
Phoenix's staff asked the Planning Commission to reject one of the projects -- a single-family development near North Valley Parkway and Sonoran Desert Drive -- because of its proximity to a waste transfer station that will eventually process a million tons of garbage a year.
Johnson made a motion for the project to be approved, but it failed after a majority of the commissioners shot it down.
Again, during a June 11 Planning Commission meeting, Johnson voted in favor of changes favorable to a development project on the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Canal Avenue represented by Bull. (Minutes, Pages 16-29)
Johnson isn't apologetic for voting on those projects.