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Gila River Reservation Landowners Gather Loop 202 Backing

By Amy B Wang and Allie Seligman for The Arizona Republic

A group of landowners on the Gila River Reservation who support building the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway on their land about a half-mile south of the proposed Pecos Road alignment on the edge of Ahwatukee Foothills, said Thursday that they have the support to put their proposal to a new vote, perhaps as early as the Nov. 6 general election.

“We have everything that we need,” said Christi Perez, a spokeswoman for the landowners. “We are moving forward. There will be a vote.”

Supporters say that they have gathered 1,516 signatures from landowners, up from about 1,200 signatures in May.

Perez said the group is waiting for a special Gila River Tribal Council meeting, which has not yet been scheduled, to turn in the signatures. Once the signatures are turned in, the Tribal Council has 60 days to adopt the measure or hold an election, she said.

The proposal would rescind a February election in which nearly half of the 1,481 Gila River residents who voted chose “no build,” which Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who represents Ahwatukee Foothills, and others have said was never a valid option.

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