David Ortega’s Evolution Or Devolution As He Seeks To Be Scottsdale’s Next Mayor?

It’s no secret we believed others leading up to Scottsdale’s August 4th primary for Mayor would have been better than David Ortega.  Yet, we and others must give credit where credit is due.  Ortega overcame opposition, doubts and now finds himself in the run-off election against former Scottsdale Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky.  If Ortega wins we want him to succeed, unlike … Read More

Scottsdale Mayoral Candidate David Ortega Can’t Hide From His Opposition To The McDowell Sonoran Preserve, The City’s Greatest Achievement

(SCOTTSDALE) The greatest achievement in Scottsdale’s history is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It was made possible by leadership and sacrifice. And now one of the loudest voices that tried to stand in the way is running for Mayor. In 2004, David Ortega, running for Mayor for the first time in a race he would eventually lose in a landslide, led … Read More

Campaign Signs Pointing Out Scottsdale Mayoral Candidate David Ortega’s Opposition To The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Vanish Just Days After They Were Placed

(SCOTTSDALE) In order to prevent the pristine desert in northern Scottsdale from disappearing, the City of Scottsdale created the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Now, campaign signs that point out Scottsdale Mayoral Candidate David Ortega opposed the Preserve are disappearing. Numerous signs which read “He Opposed the Preserve” were placed next to David Ortega road signs throughout Scottsdale. Several days later more … Read More

Disqualifying David Ortega For Mayor

The Scottsdale Charlatan Led The Opposition To The McDowell Sonoran Preserve In 2004. There aren’t many things nearly everyone in Scottsdale can agree on.  Good weather.  The Indian Bend Wash.  And the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  The Preserve came about because of a courageous vision in the 1990s to increase the city sales tax to set aside the city’s most beautiful … Read More

Good Guy & Charlatan Ortega

Councilman Guy Phillips has often surprised the Scottsdale electorate with plucky campaigns.  His re-election campaign this year is no exception. Scottsdale restaurants, in particular, have been devastated financially by the pandemic.  They lost the months most critical to their annual survival. But even when allowed by Governor Doug Ducey to re-open on May 11th, a combination of strict rules and … Read More

Social Media Post Of The Day

Our Social Media Post of the Day  comes from Scottsdale resident and activist  Mike Norton who fact checked a video on Mayoral candidate David Ortega. Here is a link to the video. And here is Mike’s commentary: Let me Fact Check this ad attacking David Ortega. For those who don’t want to read all of this – yes – I … Read More

Special Feature: Most Read Stories From This Week

Staff Report  – A recap of the top three stories on Arizona Progress & Gazette from the past week. Stockdale Capital Partners Continuing Major Scottsdale Investments Despite Pandemic Challenges While the effects of the pandemic have brought a halt to various developments and investments throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Stockdale Capital Partners LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm with … Read More

In The Scottsdale Mayor’s Race It Will Likely Come Down To This

We have not been advocates for Dave Ortega as Scottsdale’s next Mayor.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t recognize the smart, effective campaign he’s run to date. Ortega, whether it was during a successful run for City Council previously or in a losing bid for Mayor in 2004, has always had a base of support in southern Scottsdale.  But leading … Read More


The Scottsdale Independent is an invaluable source of local news.  And so it was again with a recent posting of an opinion piece by the former First Gentleman of Scottsdale, Larry Manross.  His wife, Mary, served as Scottsdale Mayor from 2000-2008. Click here to read the full opinion piece. It wasn’t much of a surprise that Larry declared his support … Read More