I want you to be one of the first to know about the new commitment I am making to Scottsdale – because I believe you should hear it directly from me.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to helping maintain our wonderful quality of life. I have always worked to put Scottsdale first.
Now I believe it’s time for me to make the ultimate commitment to helping shape the vision and provide the leadership for our city.
I am planning to pursue the office of mayor.Read more
There is a fascinating debate occurring in Paradise Valley. It’s the ultimate trash talk. In other words, should the tony town move to a single provider of trash or continue with the existing system of some 5 providers?
As Mayor Michael Collins has observed things must be pretty good when this is the subject de jour.
Interestingly, it’s an argument that’s largely been settled across America and Arizona. About 90% of cities and town use a single provider because the economies of scale result in lower rates, fewer trucks, less pollution, less noise and overall a more coherent approach to sanitation.
Yet, Paradise Valley has never adopted such a reform largely in the name of “limited government.”
So, as commentators of “Smart Opinion. Mostly Right,” let’s look at that philosophical approach a bit more.
First, HOAs in Paradise Valley, including those lived in by Councilman Paul Dembow and others, most often use one trash company because by pooling their homeowners they have greater buying power. And besides a lower rate they can negotiate they also get less truck impact on their community.
So why is it OK for HOAs to have this ability but the other 80% of individual homeowners cannot? Why can’t and shouldn’t they be able to pool together, like HOAs, to create maximum buying power for lower rates and a better overally environmental impact? Right now there’s no way to do that in Paradise Valley. Under the proposed change they would.
Pooling is at the heart of the Republican approach to health care. The more companies and individuals can join together the more ability they have to negotiate better packages, including across state lines.
So when it comes to limited government Republicans in our nation’s capitol adopt the approach Paradise Valley is considering when it comes to health care. So why not trash PV GOP?
Opponents of a single-hauler system also talk a lot about choice. That is, homeowners should be able to choose any provider they want when it comes to trash service. We get and appreciate that point of view. But people don’t get such a selection when it comes to ambulance service, photo radar, towing or police and fire service. That train has already left the station. But when it comes to the current proposal what choice is really lacking? Residents can still get once or twice a week trash, multiple cans and recycling. In fact, town staff has even negotiated MORE choices with the future service to also provide things like Christmas tree disposal, household hazardous waste and shredding that aren’t currently available for most. So the issue really isn’t “choice?” It’s whose name is on the truck. Let us repeat that. It’s whose name is on the truck. This is a key point that has been made by former Councilwoman Jini Simpson. And in the end, is the name on the truck a philosophical mooring more important than lower costs, fewer trucks and all the other quality of life benefits a reformed system would provide? Do any of us really care who made the school bus or who operates it so long as children get safely to school?
This leads us to former Paradise Valley Town Councilman Dan Schweiker. At a town event earlier this week he stunned the audience by announcing his support for the change. In stints previous on council Schweiker was single hauler’s biggest opponent. But he now believes town staff has injected sufficient and substantial choice into service. Schweiker’s opinion culiminated an event where some 90% of those in attendance also stated support for single-hauler. But it was Schweiker, along with former Mayor Ed Winkler’s support, that became the exclamation mark on the topic. Going into the meeting one could have waged a better bet that Donald Trump would give up Twitter than Schweiker his opposition to single-hauler.
And that leads us to another Great Scott! moment. In his 2016 campaign for Paradise Valley Town Council Scott Moore had this to say in the Paradise Valley Independent about a possible change away from the town’s trashy approach to a single hauler.
“This solution keeps us out of the trash business and helps reduce daily noise, reduces safety concerns and helps minimize our annual asphalt and street maintenance costs by having less trucks on a daily basis. Residents are expected to see a reduction in fees based on the size of the contract with the town.All of this could be accomplished without creating more overhead or government.”
But after receiving a few emails generated by a special interest garbage hauler that didn’t even bother to bid on the contract Moore seems to be singing a different tune. JFK wrote a book called “Profiles in Courage.” Moore should read it lest he wants moore cost, moore pollution, moore noise, moore accidents, moore wear and tear on the roads and moore failure on this topic to be his legacy with it.
Like a lot of us Moore looks like a guy who enjoys beach wear when the weather warms. There’s nothing wrong with wearing flip flops then. But there is in our winter, or 2020, when flip flops, especially toward a debunked and newfound philosophical affinity, are a fashion faux paus and otherwise politically unbecoming.Read more
By Joe Arpaio
I filed the paperwork to run for United States Senate in Arizona to fill the seat that Jeff Flake is leaving behind.
I have thought long and hard about this decision. And I did not make it without many discussions with my wonderful wife of over sixty years, Ava. And Ava agrees with me. We cannot sit idly by while our nation faces unprecedented challenges. President Trump needs my help in the Senate. He needs a conservative vote he can count on, and a voice in the Senate who knows first hand the threats our nation is dealing with.
And, that's why I'm running for United States Senate.
As the Sheriff of America's fourth-most populous county for two decades, I witnessed every day the danger our streets and neighborhoods are facing. As Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, my deputies and I locked up violent drug dealers, callous human traffickers, and thousands of criminal gang members that were in this country illegally.
Friend, with many of President Obama's failed and dangerous policies still in place, our nation is not safe - at least not yet. President Trump is working around the clock to make America great again, but he can't do this alone - he needs our conservative voice and my vote in Washington.
Compared to when I was growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts as the proud son of Italian immigrants, our country today is barely recognizable. You know exactly what I'm talking about...
- Sanctuary cities like San Francisco are literally refusing to hold illegal immigrants accountable for their actions, just to further their politically correct, pro-Amnesty agenda.
- The once bedrock American commitment to paying our bills has been replaced by over $20 Trillion in national debt.
- The liberal Left attacks the rights of law abiding gun owners -- but doesn't even bat an eye while so-called "doctors" slaughter millions of unborn children in their mother's womb every single year.
- Millionaire athletes are lionized by the fake news media as "heroes" for disrespecting the American flag and refusing to stand for our national anthem.
Enough is enough. I'm running for Senate because I want America to be great again.
I know this isn't going to be easy. I know I'll be attacked by the far left, the establishment right and of course, the liberal media. The media is going to say every nasty thing they can think of and try to break me. But, Friend, I have never been one to shy away from a fight - and I can't in good conscience sit back in retirement knowing that my grandchildren will inherit a country worse off than the America I've spent my entire life defending.Read more
There’s a member of the Town Council in Paradise Valley named David Sherf. A successful hotel consultant he’s the kind of person who exudes ethics when you meet him. The kind of person any community from Buckeye to Arizona’s toniest town would want to have on its governing body.
Sherf didn’t find politics. It found him. Originally appointed to the Town Council he went outside his comfort zone to run and win election to the post to which he was appointed.
He didn’t long to stay, instead deciding not to seek re-election. But then Maria Syms resigned her council spot after an impressive run for the Arizona House of Representatives. Sherf became a logical replacement, even though a well-known politician named Andy Kunasek wanted the gig. But we’ll get to that relevancy later on.
Sherf again offered himself for service, gaining the appointment over Kunasek.
Not bound by the standard calculus of a politician, Sherf set off on an emancipated path, including solving, finally solving, the only thing Paradise Valley doesn’t organize real well: trash service.
Anyone would and should feel grateful to live in 85253, until one has to experience the orgy of trucks and trash that flail away at the community’s quality of life, day in day out, morning after morning.
It’s not just a comedy of errors. It’s an erratic and highly unusual approach to local governance not shared by the vast majority of communities in Arizona, or America.
Noise. Pollution. Higher costs. Ripped up roads. More accidents. Libertarians love it in much the same way they argue for lackadaisical anything.
But not Sherf. He, and other councilmembers, have brought forth a proposal to end the mayhem with a semblance of community order.
But vested special interests don’t like it. The companies and beneficiaries of the chaos have engaged in a deceitful campaign designed to spook Sherf and others from abandoning their interest in bringing some order to the galaxy. Fortunately, Sherf has stood tall and stood on the side of the taxpayer and quality of life. He’s stood on the side of a proposal that would see the Road Warrior-like system of gas guzzling vehicles in town reduced to a single provider. A single provider the town negotiated with through a competitively bid process to ensure that the vast majority of residents see their rates drop from an average of about $50 per year, with some even seeing rate cuts of 50% of more. And few if any would see rates increases including HOAs or individuals as the winning bidder has pledged to honor existing rates or better deals for the life of its contract with the Town. Additionally, ates are set for seven years with only a 3.5% annual increase. So much for the monopoly means higher rates argument.Read more
By Jim O'Connor
Recently, several friends suggested I clean up the Arizona Corporation Commission. They experienced significant ACC approved increases in power and water rates and they are looking for change.
Although retired, I have robust corporate experience worthy of the office.
I am running as a Clean Elections candidate so that I can fairly execute the responsibilities of the job, free from special interest influence.
But there are two requirements before I can fight for you.
First, I must collect 8,000 nomination petition signatures from Independent and Republican voters statewide. Please sign the online petition.
Second, I must collect 1,800 five dollar ($5) qualifying contributions from registered Arizona voters of any party. These will be paid to the Arizona Clean Elections Fund.
To help me, click the two links below, fill out the form and look for the name, James "Jim" O'Connor.
And thank you for your support.
— Jim O'Connor