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Vice Mayor Laura Pastor Responds to Councilman DiCiccio’s Fake NewsVice Mayor Laura Pastor Responds to Councilman DiCiccio’s Fake News<div class="ExternalClass49CF56D6CC7F4A5DBFD47A5351767ADB"><p>​"Councilman Sal DiCiccio's claim that the year-long process of completing the Latino Cultural Center feasibility study was 'a complete violation of public trust and transparency,' is just fake news, pure and simple. In addition, for him to criticize and demean the consultant who did the work, a well-qualified and competent Latina whom he himself voted to select to author this study, amounts to machismo. Even worse, for him to speak on behalf of the greater Phoenix Latino community by claiming to know what their culture represents is condescending, and a sad display of white hyper-masculinity.</p><p>As a proud Latina, not even I would claim to know what is best for this community as a whole. This is exactly why this study was essential, vetted, and carried out with extensive community outreach to gather critical feedback. The resulting study is a vital first step in a longer process to provide our City with the long-overdue Cultural Center it deserves. To suggest that this process was not inclusive and missing adequate public input is baseless. To imply that elements encompassing what the Latino community deserves are absent from the report is irrational. To say he speaks for or knows what is best for the Latino community in Phoenix is belligerent and offensive.</p><p>'Las Phoenikeras' are a proud and humble people, full of a vibrant and rich heritage and history. For a lone councilperson to assert what it means to be one of us dishonors and belittles the infinite contributions that we have given to this City. He may object to the research methods of the consultant and articulate that. But engaging in tired, old behaviors is not only disgraceful, it looks a lot like white male privilege.</p><p>Councilman DiCiccio ought to be ashamed of himself."</p></div>10/25/2017 7:00:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405