Far Right Seems To Have Strangely Hijacked Failed Effort To Block Renovation Of Former Chinese Cultural Center

The floundering effort to prevent the revitalization of the former Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix has taken on an odd ally, Patriot Movement AZ.  The organization recently promoted a protest at Phoenix City Hall concerning the former Chinese Cultural Center. The Facebook announcement bashed former Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilmember Kate Gallego, and Democrats in general. Here is a link https://www.facebook.com/events/264864164084341/ … Read More

Guest Editorial: A Good Financial Forecast

By Virginia Korte I hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday with time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day with your family and friends. As the end of the City of Scottsdale’s 2017-2018 fiscal year approaches, I have good news: the city’s General Fund revenues are exceeding projections. In addition, operating costs for the same period are … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Year of Women – It’s Their Time

By Scottsdale Pinetop Regardless of which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, one thing is for certain – this is the time for women in politics.  For the first time since 1992, a record number of women are tossing in their names for federal and statewide offices in the 2018 midterm elections. And Arizona is no exception. Arizona … Read More

Guest Editorial: DDC Dividing Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop Whether it’s the current Trump administration or local city councils, those who have become disenfranchised by their government all share a common denominator: passionate advocacy. It’s that passion that has fueled new grassroots movements like Red for Ed and March for Our Lives. Unfortunately, for Scottsdale, it’s the passion behind the Desert Discovery Center that is the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Tempe’s Timely Template For Bike Share Regulations

By Scottsdale Pinetop Litter or Luxury? The debate rages on. By now, many Scottsdale and Paradise Valley residents have noticed the colorful dockless bikes left along the streets, parks, sidewalks and at times in the canal. While these bike-share programs offer visitors and locals an efficient way of getting around the city, the de-regulation of these dockless bikes have left … Read More

Chinese Civil War: Convicted Felon Raves About Attorneys Dennis and Jack Wilenchik

We’ve always wondered why the most visible mouthpiece for critics of the revitalization of the failed former Chinese Cultural Center site in Phoenix was an Anglo, and a convicted felon.  There is more info on that here. Tom Simon’s failures in this case and felonious behavior previously could be the reason notable sympathizers like former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, respected … Read More

Is A Blue Wave Coming To Scottsdale Council Elections?

Politically, Scottsdale is a red city, with the exception of bluer-collar neighborhoods in the south that tend to hue similarly. This is reflected on the Scottsdale City Council where some if not all City Councilmembers are usually Republican, and where a majority has long espoused pro-business policies, for lack of a better term. But business as usual could be in … Read More

Guest Editorial: Fire Season Is In Full Swing!

By Scottsdale Pinetop Every year White Mountain residents hold their breath when fire season rolls around. They pray for the snow and rains, but prepare their homes for the worst. And with the two major fires lurking around the edges of the White Mountains these past two weeks, it seems these preparations cannot come soon enough. This past winter was … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Power Of Dark Money In Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop Dark money is the dark curtain of American politics. Arizona and Scottsdale are not immune. Nor is Tempe. Recently, Tempe voters passed a ballot measure that would require any group spending over $1,000 towards a local election to be disclosed on campaign finance reports. This transparency measure was supported by 91 percent of the voters – a percentage any … Read More