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
By Sal DiCiccio
I’m writing today on behalf of Phil Lovas, who is running for the 8th Congressional District seat.
I’ve known Phil for years and truly believe he’s the best choice to send to Congress. I also believe he has the best chance to win the special primary election on Feb. 27. Phil is a smart, dedicated, family man who believes the best government is a small government. He is committed to draining the swamp in Washington and protecting America. Phil supports term limits, ending pensions for members of Congress and making Congress live by the same laws they pass for us. He is a secure border advocate who also believes in a strong defense.
Phil previously served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While there, he repeatedly voted to cut taxes and reduce the big hand of government. I’ve seen him in action defend small businesses from burdensome regulations while in the legislature and I have no doubt he will fight against big government as a member of Congress.Read more
By Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers
Last week I received a call from the media asking me to comment on Congressman Trent Franks’ pending resignation and wanted to know if I would be forming a committee to run for that office.
To say the least, I was stunned. But even more than that, I was forced to look at the possibility of going to Washington, D.C., and how that would affect the city, my family and friends. It made me look deep inside myself.
I was shocked at the hundreds of calls, e-mails, text messages, and the sheer number of folks stopping and asking; maybe asking isn’t the right word - pleading for me to run for Congressional District 8. My phone battery has been dying the last few days from lengthy calls from people wanting me to represent them in D.C. It’s been overwhelming to say the least. But maybe even more surprising to me are the folks who have been brutally honest with me, telling me NOT to go to D.C.
It’s been pointed out to me that just five years ago, our fine city had a BBB bond rating (basically junk bonds). It was also pointed out to me that five years ago, we had many pending lawsuits and less than zero dollars in our savings account. Staff was looking for employment in other cities, meaning we were losing talented and skilled people - what I have referred to as brain drain. We had an Interim Police Chief, Interim City Manager, library hours cut, parks not receiving water, leaving grass dying and no outlook for the future.
The Chamber of Commerce was kept at arm’s length. Millions and millions of dollars was being paid to fund professional hockey, and a professional football franchise that was being disrespected by city staff. Our roads were getting worse by not doing necessary preventative maintenance. We were the second-most financially strapped city in the United States, second to Detroit, Michigan, (and that city went bankrupt.) And there were other morale busters.
Fourth of July fireworks display – cancelled.
The Fire Parade—cancelled.
The city had done everything possible – except fix the problem.
That was then.
Most recently, our city received an AAA bond rating. This is the strongest sign that our city is back on track and headed in the right direction financially. It has not been easy, but we’ve made difficult decisions and the city has turned around.
In the area of quality of life, friends are telling me that with my leadership, we have a very successful Fourth of July fireworks display that is much larger, but not paid by the taxpayers. Yes, I restarted it, but not alone - by working with Jeff Teetsel, a principal at Westgate.
We just had the Fifth Annual Hometown Christmas Parade. Yes, I started that, also. Now, it has large sponsors, such as our own Sanderson Ford, and a committee of nearly 35 members. It’s not a city event, but the city has become a big partner in helping it succeed for our residents. It is the largest parade in Arizona.
I’m reminded that five years ago, we had no program for our veterans. This past September, we held our Fifth Annual Glendale Stand Up for Veterans event. I started that, recognizing that someone who signs a paper saying that they will give their life for their country deserves the full attention of all, to ensure that they are not forgotten and looked after.
One very good friend of mine told me that I’m the only person he knows that can take a problem for some, and turn it into a fun event that helps so many.Read more
Nothing beats sitting at a ballpark on a sunny day, watching your favorite team with a hot dog and ice cold beer in hand. This has become a symbolic scene in American culture and a tradition Peoria Sports Complex celebrates as it kicks off its 25th year.
In 1994, Peoria Sports Complex became the first dual-team spring training facility in the country and with it an economic surge for the West Valley.
According to recent statistics, 67% of tourists stated spring training as their primary reason for visiting Arizona, according to a study conducted by the Cactus League Baseball Association. Arizona welcomed over 1.7 million fans last year alone. And, the economic impact to Arizona in 2015 alone was $809 million.Read more
While U.S. Rep Martha McSally has not formally announced her campaign for the Senate seat, being vacated by Jeff Flake, another strong indication of her pending candidacy came last Thursday when a fellow Republican announced she is launching a campaign for The Congressional District 2 House seat.
Lea Marquez-Peterson’s long speculated campaign for Congress is a go. And that’s a great thing for the Arizona GOP.
Since redistricting, District 2 has been a top target for both Republicans and Democrats. In the past two decades, being a moderate has been the key to winning in McSally’s district, often flipping back and forth between the two major parties.
Marquez-Peterson is the next formidable candidate to shake up the 2018 election.
She’s called southern Arizona home for about 40 years and she’s been a Republican all of her adult life.
She has a high profile in the Latino community serving as CEO and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She offers a combination of conservative ideals while giving a voice to minority communities. That combination will play well in District 2, and is a direction we hope the Republican Party will head more in general as opposed to the nationalist tilt of late.
Over the years, Marquez-Peterson has become a close ally of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and some speculate she’ll have support from GOP power players such as car dealer Jim Click.Read more
by Team Ducey
Arizona public schools are helping students make real educational gains.
A recent New York Times article analyzed school districts across the country to determine whose students were learning the most between 3rd and 8th grades. They found three of the top 20 public school districts in the nation are in Arizona.
Students in the Chandler, Peoria, and Washington Elementary School Districts are showing more than 5 years' educational growth between 3rd and 8th grades, with #2 ranked Chandler students gaining nearly six years of learning in 5 years' time.
We're making real, measurable progress in education, closing gaps and bringing students up to grade level.
Want to see how your district stacks up? Read the article.
There's still plenty of work to do improving our Arizona schools, and Governor Ducey is committed to doing it. But things are moving in the right direction for our students, parents, teachers, and principals to ensure that every child has the opportunity for an excellent public education in our state.
If you think people ought to know about the progress we're making, post this story on Facebook, tweet it out, or simply forward this email to a friend.