It was like watching Godfather III. That’s how disappointing this weekend’s Canal Convergence was at the Scottsdale Waterfront.
For years the unique display of art had been trending as one of the city’s great emerging events.
But this past weekend did Scottsdale Public Art forget to let anyone know what could previously be called a spectacle was actually going on? Apparently so because the crowds were but a fraction of previous years. What’s so perplexing about the scant spectactors and utter lack of energy was the City of Scottsdale’s major investment of tourism tax dollars into the event last year. With more resources and good February weather the opposite result should have occurred.Read more
By Virginia Korte
The lack of a robust public transportation system in our city is one of the reasons the new bike share program is an overwhelming success – which, I believe, is a creative way to address our mass transit shortcomings.
Citizens’ participation in the program is nothing short of amazing. In just the first three and a half months since it was initiated, there have been approximately 110,000 what the bike companies call “rides.” In fact, during the Parada del Sol Parade earlier this month, they tracked about 4,000 rides.
It’s these kinds of statistics that have made Scottsdale one of the most successful markets in the country for bike share, according to the bike companies.
Admittedly, the rapid success of bike share has created several challenges. But none of them are insurmountable. While it’s the responsibility of the bike companies to ensure that bike share works efficiently, our city staff is working closely with the companies to make sure the program meets our community’s standards and expectations.Read more
By Bolick for Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shawnna Bolick Earns Strong Support from Arizona Legislators
Phoenix, AZ- February 23, 2018- Today, Shawnna Bolick received over a dozen endorsements for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 20.
"I am honored to have the early backing of so many fantastic sitting members of the Arizona Legislature," stated Bolick. "I very much look forward to tackling the toughest issues facing Arizona, ensuring we leave Arizona in a better place for future generations to come," exclaimed Bolick.
The following members of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate have endorsed Shawnna Bolick today:
Representative David Stringer, Prescott (LD-1)
Representative Mark Finchem, Tucson (LD-11)
Representative Travis Grantham, Gilbert (LD-12)
Representative Darin Mitchell, Goodyear (LD-13)
Representative Jeff Weninger, Chandler (LD-17)
Representative Jill Norgaard, Phoenix (LD-18)
Representative Anthony Kern, Glendale (LD-20)
Representative Kevin Payne, Peoria (LD-21)
Representative Ben Toma, Peoria (LD-22)
Representative Jay Lawrence, Scottsdale (LD-23)
Representative Maria Syms, Paradise Valley (LD-28)
State Senator Warren Petersen, Gilbert (LD-12)
State Senator Rick Gray, Sun City (LD-21)
Phoenix Initiative, Co-Chaired by Councilman DiCiccio and Former Congressman Chaffetz, on Track to Make August Ballot
|February 13, 2018
PHOENIX - Responsible Budgets, a Phoenix ballot initiative being supported by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and former U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, announced today that they have now gathered more than 13,000 validated signatures, and are on track to turn in over 32,000 signatures – far more than the 20,510 needed – in time to place Responsible Budgets on the ballot this August.
With pension costs for cities soaring nationwide, and with Phoenix recently being named one of cities with the worst pension deficits, now is the time to act," said Councilman DiCiccio. "It’s just like your credit card, the longer you let that balance keep building up, the more it costs to pay it off." DiCiccio continued, "Pretty soon these deficits are going to start taking away our ability to pay for things like street maintenance, public transportation, libraries, police and fire – the stuff that really really matters to our citizens. Responsible Budgets is a major step in heading off that disaster."
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Gateway Trailhead
By Solange for Scottsdale
Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the largest urban preserve in the nation! As a Councilwoman, I will ensure that a Desert EDGE/DDC in the Preserve requires voter approval.
After all, the Preserve came into being at the ballot box and voters should have the final word on any major changes involving the Preserve.
I think Scottsdale voters will decide to keep the Preserve.... preserved.
If that is the decision, we should celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Preserve’s Gateway Trailhead with a small plaque that reads:
THE PEOPLE OF SCOTTSDALE PROTECTED THIS LAND TWICE
Which may cause some to wonder, "How did this land get protected the first time?" And, "Who is 'Carla' anyway?" Let me share a bit of history.....
Carla, famously with no last name, was one of the first people to dream of a McDowell Sonoran Preserve and then ACT on it! She devoted over a decade of her life, inspiring leaders and fellow citizens to join her in an effort to preserve a large swath of arguably the most expensive and beautiful desert in all of Arizona. Scottsdale voters supported the vision and approved multiple tax hikes to acquire and protect the land forever. The creation of the Preserve is almost as miraculous as the desert it encompasses and our community has a miracle maker named Carla to thank!Read more
Many of us remember Bob Schuster as an editor for the East Valley Tribune. Bob is retired, but he is offering some sage advice to the current generation of writers and editors at the Arizona Republic. In a letter to the editor, Bob takes the Republic to task for the way it is covering the school choice issue and an apparent bias in favor of school choice opponents.
Here is that letter as it appears in the Republic:
The media are showing their biases again in schools debate
By Bob Schuster, Mesa
Could we please get more even-handed coverage of Proposition 305, the school voucher referendum on the November ballot?
If the editorial board opposes the expansion of school choice to parents who prefer a private education for their children – including at religious-based schools – then please keep those opinions where they belong: on your Editorial pages.
Instead, we’re greeted by regular diatribes on page 3 – a “news” page – by Laurie Roberts decrying “dark money bazillionaires” wanting to rob public schools of badly needed dollars to help fat cats send their kids to fat cat private schools.
Then on another “news” page, reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez tells us that Save Our Schools, which is trying hard to kill Prop. 305, is a “grassroots” group.
Sounds like David versus Goliath.
Actually, there are several Goliaths on each side, just as there are lots of “grassroots” regular folks on each side.
Gov. Ducey long has advocated expanding school choice in Arizona, and it’s not surprising he has close ties with the Koch brothers, who also back school choice and have the deep pockets that help sell the school-choice message.Read more