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<p>Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.</p>

Horizon interviews Goldwater Institute's lead attorney Carrie Ann Sitren on our lawsuit over Glendale City Council's handling of the Phoenix Coyotes arena deal.

The battle over the Phoenix Coyotes moved from the ice to the courthouse today as attorneys argued over whether the city of Glendale illegally approved a new lease for the team.

Phoenix, AZ—The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning seeking to invalidate last week’s Glendale City Council vote authorizing the city to enter into an arena management agreement with the potential buyer of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.

The Institute is representing two Glendale taxpayers who object to the illegal practices of the Glendale City Council.

The city of Glendale may be working towards an agreement to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, but the city may be working without all the facts, the Goldwater Institute said.

A judge this week ruled that the city of Phoenix can’t pay police officers to conduct union work.

Glendale confirmed its reputation as the Valley city with the greatest disdain for transparency. In the process, it assured itself of more time in court and less trust from residents.

A statement from Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen:

This morning, Judge Cooper denied the Goldwater Institute’s motion for a temporary restraining order on the grounds that she felt the court lacked the authority to block the vote. Simultaneously, she issued a strong warning to the City of Glendale about the implications of moving forward today, affirming the Goldwater Institute’s contention that the city has committed “clear violations” both of court orders and open meeting laws.

A statement from Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen:

Dear Mayor Scruggs and City Councilmembers:

 

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