Guest Editorial: Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 1

By Mayor Jim Lane, Vice Mayor Guy Philips and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp Editorial in Arizona Republic  Please join us in supporting Question 1 on Scottsdale’s November ballot to keep our fair share of county transportation taxes. Question 1 approves a small and temporary transportation sales tax increase in Scottsdale. The increase amounts to one-tenth of 1 percent (0.10 percent), or … Read More

More Disarray

Over the past year the goings on with the former Chinese Cultural Center near Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport have been parts amusing, sickening, surprising and confounding. And there’s a new wrinkle we’ll get to in a moment.  We’ve written on the issue before but here’s a quick refresher. A development arm of the Chinese government sold the failed center to … Read More

Guest Editorial: Calling All Mavericks to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Vote

Dear Friends, As you know, my husband dedicated his life to serving a cause greater than himself. That’s why I’m so proud to let you know about the McCain Institute’s new initiative: #MavericksNeeded. Through this effort, we’re calling all Mavericks to stand up, speak out, and vote on November 6th. Longer-term, our initiative aims to inspire people to join the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Show Me The Money

By Scottsdale Pinetop Political fundraising. It might not be the most glamorous or alluring aspect of political campaigns, but it does play a crucial role in getting a candidate elected into office or helping pass important city initiatives. And as we enter into the finals days of Scottsdale’s 2018 elections, the recent results of campaign finance reports help provide some … Read More

Balancing the Best of Scottsdale While Planning for the Future

By Milhaven for Scottsdale Scottsdale is an amazing city that we can be proud to call home. Citizen surveys reveal that Scottsdale residents are extremely satisfied with the quality of city services. Independent rating agencies give us a AAA bond rating for our financial health. We enjoy some of the lowest sales and property tax rates in the region. We have a beautiful city! … Read More


Our opinions are generally pro-business.  And they can be quite lengthy, depending on the subject.  But sometimes proposals are just so gross they deserve a quick no and escort to the door. An example this week was a letter from City of Scottsdale Planning Department staff back to AMA Builders, LLC about a rezoning proposal in north Scottsdale at 118th … Read More

No Hail To The Jarson Hypocrites

We love Scottsdale.  We are unabashed enthusiasts for “the best city in America” as Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane likes to say. That’s why we are aggressive and frequent voices towards those trying to run it down. Like Scott and Debbie Jarson of Jarson & Jarson Real Estate, who are actually Paradise Valley residents. They are wrongly and hypocritically opposing a landmark … Read More

The Truth, The Whole Truth And Anything But The Truth

If someone comes before the Scottsdale City Council and while making public remarks flat out misleads (to put it mildly) the community’s governing body, can they be trusted further?  Should they?  In matters big or small?  In matters with the City Council or staff? That’s a fair question to ask in the case of Mr. Joseph Zemaitis. He heads a … Read More

ScottSpite Not Scottsdale: Why Museum Square Makes Sense Not Scott Jarson

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Scott Jarson is a local realtor. He’s one half of Jarson & Jarson Real Estate. The first line of his bio says that he was named “Scott” after “Scottsdale.”  Well, based on his recent actions, that’s where his supposed affinity for the community ends. You see, Jarson, who actually lives in Paradise Valley, … Read More