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Many times we side with neighbors fighting the good and necessary fight against developer overreach.

But as we have opined already the bizarre activism by some neighbors against an enrichment of the Cactus Corridor defies common sense.  But we do appreciate their reminding us of pop culture.

For across the street of one of the nicest equestrian ranches ever proposed in Scottsdale along Cactus just west of Scottsdale Road is this interesting abode.  It best resembles the set of Sanford & Son.   fockers

See it for yourself.  That any neighborhood wouldn’t want the promise and pending platitudes of  Rancho Paraiso (we won’t refer to it as neighbors do as “Najafi Ranch” which is a not so subtle slur of the proponent’s Iranian heritage) to if nothing else distract from this community
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And by all appearances the westerly way of Scottsdale’s Cactus Corridor needs reinvestment as Rancho Paraiso promises.  The area has become a rude stepchild to the adults of the eastern Cactus Corridor.  There horse country is beautiful and obvious.  There one property four times the size of Rancho Paraiso anchors the area.  Sandspur Ranch is their Wrigley Manson.

But a few irascible neighbors want to run it away.  Bizarre, because within their midst – only one block from tfockers2he site – is the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

It’s there that indigenous birds, raptors and wildlife are repaired and sent back to their worlds.  The operation’s noble work is why they are supporting the rehabilitation and recreation proposed at Rancho Paraiso.  For horses.  It’s odd that a neighborhood of horse properties would discriminate against equine, yet apparently have no problem with Liberty Wildlife.

Then again, perhaps they are more comfortable with shrieks and sounds emanating from wildlife refuge.  Because that’s what they will get in the form of hundreds of kids at a new charter school on the six acres in question, if the refined ranch called is turned away April 5th.

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*Restaurant and bar impresario Mark Drinkwater is re-entering the business at Scottsdale & Lincoln in a building that used to house a breakfast joint and, after that, a failed Italian concept.

*Arizona Governor Doug Ducey raised money last week through the mail for southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally.  This week he is doing it for Congressman Trent Franks at a reception in Phoenix.  And rural Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar will be in the Northeast Valley this week too, raising dough at an event at Salt River Fields.

*We’re surprised recent polling shows Senate President Andy Biggs as close to former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in a potential East Valley congressional race match-up.  If the two do run against each other it will be one of the better GOP primary match-ups in recent memory.

*Judging from his latest attempt to skewer Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski over a Phoenix land deal Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner seems more inclined to be an agent for a rival bidder than an objective, journalistic overlord.  The real issues about the city real estate are real simple.  Who is paying the most for the land?  And do they have the track record and resource to pull it off?  Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher made a controversial decision to quash the last bid process for a very important project toward downtown Phoenix’s continuing momentum. It’s hard to believe that Zuercher won’t preside over an impeccable process.  Controversy over the plans to date will be child’s play if the top bidder is again upended by others looking to not be so kind to taxpayers. 

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By Virginia Korte

As you probably know, my family has deep roots in Southern Scottsdale – for most of 30 years we operated a Chevrolet dealership on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.

I have taken a special interest in helping revitalize the area and am proud of the progress being made -- including the springing up of new businesses and the sprucing up of older neighborhoods. The restoration of Southern Scottsdale has been remarkable.

It is an ongoing process.  So I want to express my appreciation to those who are investing in improving the area.  Thank you for all that you are doing.

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"We need leaders like Andy in Congress who will work to secure our borders and uphold our immigration laws."
PHOENIX (March 2) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today announced his endorsement of Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.

"Andy Biggs has stood for conservative principles each and every day he has served in the Arizona Legislature," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. "We need leaders like Andy in Congress who will work to secure our borders and uphold our immigration laws. I know that Andy Biggs won't ever compromise his beliefs, and that is what makes him a perfect replacement for Representative Matt Salmon. I trust that the voters of Congressional District 5 will back the only true conservative in this race, and I'm very proud that Andy answered the call to give voters that true conservative to support. Please join me in supporting Andy Biggs for the United States House of Representatives."

Arpaio's endorsement follows endorsements for Biggs from Congressman Matt Salmon, Congressman Trent Franks, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, and Senators Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko, Gail Griffin, Steve Yarbrough, David Farnsworth, John Kavanagh, and Steve Smith.

"Arizona primary voters have a great respect for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's endorsements, and I am honored to have received his support for my candidacy," Senator Andy Biggs said. "He has set an incredible example for Arizona elected officials, standing for the rule of law and against unenforced federal immigration laws. I hope to work with him in the years ahead to uphold our laws and to strengthen our border enforcement."

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As Mayor Jim Lane said in his 2012 re-election campaign Scottsdale is the best city in America.  Hyperbole took him one step further in last week’s State of the City when he called his community “the best city in the world.”

But even great cities have changes and challenges.  For “The West’s Most Western Town” it has been to keep some cowboy in the community.  Market forces and even things like estate taxes have displaced or removed such places as Rawhide, Greasewood Flat and Pinnacle Peak Patio.  Yet, Scottsdale’s ultimate symbol of the West – its spectacular Sonoran Desert – has become the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Man-made outposts have retreated but its God given one has expanded.    And after years of talk this Scottsdale City Council acted to create the nationally recognized Museum of the West.

To help preserve its cowboy culture Scottsdale wisely designated years ago the “Cactus Corridor” for horse privileges and ranches.  It was smart then.  It’s prescient now.

That’s why we’re confounded by the neighborhood opposition to an impressive new ranch just west of Scottsdale Road along Cactus.  Proposed by renowned developer Francis Najafi and his wife Dionne it is an impressive affirmation of all things equestrian in the corridor.  Rather than see cowboy country emigrate from the city this is a full-throttle immigration of it.

Speaking of immigration, neighbors conspicuously voice opposition to “Najafi Ranch.”  We hope that’s not a Trump-like derogation of a person from Iran who came to this country speaking no English and who is now an American success story. 

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By Governor Doug Ducey

I'm voting YES on Prop 123 on May 17 because it's vital to ensuring Arizona's teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.

Click here to learn more

This initiative puts $3.5 billion into Arizona's public K-12 schools over the next ten years WITHOUT raising taxes.

When it comes to public education, Arizona has some great stories to tell. Voting YES on Prop 123 means future Arizona students can keep writing those Arizona success stories.

WATCH the video above to learn more about why I'm supporting Prop 123 and join me in voting YES on May 17.

Best,

Doug Ducey

Governor of Arizona

PS - Learn more about Yes on Prop123 and how you can support it at www.YesProp123.com.

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After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district.  Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town.  Then Colangelo tapped into a latent state law allowing the Board of Supervisors to authorize a county-wide sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium.

The public erupted in opposition, despite Colangelo’s monumental success with the Phoenix Suns at the time.

Bruner became the deciding vote.  The choice was awful:  fund a stadium and bring a new franchise to town or so alienate Republican primary voters that your congressional hopes would die.  Bruner made the tougher choice.  And the Valley has forever been enriched thanks to his selflessness.

But that wasn’t the end of Bruner’s civic service.  Yes, he finished a distant third in that 1994 GOP primary but people like Bruner and their insatiable appetite for service and advancement are what propel communities forward. 

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Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving.  They teach it.  And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation.

Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example.

When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, in stepped ASU for what has become SkySong.

Downtown Phoenix can’t get beyond sports facilities and government buildings?  No problem.  ASU there expanded to create a new urban core vibrancy.

When Arizona’s most celebrated graduate school, Thunderbird, engaged in a high-stakes intramural scrimmage that threatened the existence of the celebrated problems ASU took over to keep the school flying high. 

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