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Government Bullies vs. The Grove and Cheba Hut

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last month when the Daily Sun published an article about a party at the Grove Student Housing Complex that was “totally out of control” I knew that there had to be an ulterior motive behind it. After all, the moment police showed up the party dispersed and only a handful of drunk in public arrests were made. No force was used to break up the party. Hardly sounds uncontrollable to me.

Adding to the misinformation was a report released by Flagstaff PD that said 750-1,000 students were at the party. My sources (students who were at the party who asked not to be named) tell me that in reality there were only 200-300 people there. The extent that Flag PD and the Daily Sun were going all out to villainize The Grove had me scratching my head for a reason.

I believe I found the motive when I attended last night’s Flagstaff City Council meeting. One of the items on the agenda was a discussion for another student housing complex. During the presentation from City Staff it was disclosed that The Grove has been approached multiple times and asked to participate in the Flagstaff Police Department’s Crime-Free Multi-Housing program. Each time they have declined. I am convinced that the villainization of The Grove by Flag PD is an attempt to bully them into participating in a program that they don’t want to participate in.

At the meeting it was also brought up that Cheba Hut had been singled out for harassment by City code enforcement for having a vehicle at their business with their logo on it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why the City is singling out Cheba Hut for their vehicle. They have to protect what you see and what you think. Who cares if Cheba Hut is in compliance with the law. They’re going to make life miserable for them because they don’t like the message that the business is sending.

Control control control.


Cheba Hut’s marijuana themed logo makes them a target for government nannies (click photo to enlarge).

  1. JK
    November 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    “The nannyism is partly to distract from the corruption — and partly just another opportunity to leverage it. A good general rule is that the more a government wants to run its citizens’ lives, the worse job it will do at the most basic tasks of government.”
    ― Glenn Reynolds

    Just wait, the next two years in Flagstaff are most likely going to be even worse, sad to say.

  2. Patrick Harrison
    November 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Elisha, I am curious of your thoughts regarding this type of thinking given the political landscape of the city is very “blue” (liberal, democrats, etc.). It would seem to me that this platform, being that it endorses the legalization of marijuana and low-cost housing, would have less of an issue with these items than something else more “red” going on in the city, whatever that may be. So I guess my question is, why do you think the city officials, coming from the political background they do, would counter their own platform with this bullying technique?

    • November 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Patrick, my experience is that liberals are nannies as much as conservatives are. There is a belief out there that liberals support lifting marijuana restrictions but that’s not necessarily true. Don’t forget, it was liberal Mayor Presler who made headlines a few years ago for calling the cops on a marijuana user. Liberals and conservatives alike push the DARE program that tells kids that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin. As for low cost housing, the liberals in Flagstaff don’t look at student housing as affordable housing. They see it as attracting more people to Flagstaff that will use up the resources and accept plastic bags at the grocery store. Liberals are increasingly looking at NAU as the enemy. A bit of a paradox since they claim to support education but that’s what I’m seeing.

      • Patrick Harrison
        November 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        I agree Elisha, but I wanted to hear how you see it from the inside (or at least more inside than I am). I am so tired of the city and county officials telling everyone they are looking out for the people when it is clear they are not.

        One of my biggest city bullying issues has to do with the Sportsman’s Warehouse fiasco. The forced the company out of bringing their business out of Flagstaff, supposedly in favor of low-cost housing to be put in that piece of land. As of yet that land has not been developed, but then they built the Aspen Place at the Sawmill and the apartment complex next door. The apartments…not low cost. The stores associated with the complex…high end. Then they put in an REI? Really?

        This city’s council members are less interested with making the city livable for the middle and lower class, and more interested in turning Flagstaff into the next Sedona! I’m sure you’ve seen the bumper stickers that say, “Don’t PHX FLG”. I want one that says, “Don’t Sedona Flag”.

  3. November 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Dom Portwood: Hi, Peter. What’s happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports.
    Peter Gibbons: Yeah. The coversheet. I know, I know. Uh, Bill talked to me about it.
    Dom Portwood: Yeah. Did you get that memo?
    Peter Gibbons: Yeah. I got the memo. And I understand the policy. And the problem is just that I forgot the one time. And I’ve already taken care of it so it’s not even really a problem anymore.
    Dom Portwood: Ah! Yeah. It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that’d be great. All right!

    So what’s my point? That inside of every so-called liberal/progressive is a vengeful little Bolshevik dying to get out. Their favorite haunts are within the bowels of government agencies as petty bureaucrats who aren’t happy until YOU’RE not happy.

  4. paul revere south
    November 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

    amen sam adams—–building money sucking bureaucracies. at the same time, nau is the biggest in town. whats a libertarian to do??

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