This is the story of how a small, determined group of worried mothers and fathers stopped a train wreck, even after that train was barreling down the tracks. It took these parents, neighbors, and their friends less than a month to stop a project they were told by Gilbert Town bureaucrats could not be stopped and that had been in planning and development for a year. The developer and land owner of the project ignored them….at first. The group started organizing in late March. That’s when the Town had posted signs in their neighborhood on the site of a mental health facility to be completed in the Fall of 2014.
That was the first that Pioneer Elementary parents knew what was in store for them. In record speed, they launched one of the best organized, best mobilized grassroots community action efforts experienced by Gilbert since the effort to stop Prop 406 (sales tax increase).
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