As the joint Phoenix-Paradise Valley improvements impressively conclude soon at Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon it sparks a new idea: hiking access to Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain.
Scottsdale is opening trailheads in its spectacular McDowell Sonoran Preserve daily, it seems. Demand for hikes in and around Paradise Valley at Piestewa Peak, Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon aren't subsiding any time soon.
So why not think of ways to create public access to another town landmark? Clearly, such an endeavor would need to avoid the negative impacts other trailheads have and can cause for neighborhoods. But the small trailhead along Tatum heading north into Phoenix accessing that mountain preserve has never been a problem. And with Paradise Valley officials having already thought through creative solutions in dealing with Echo Canyon demand, such as shuttling from Town Hall, perhaps such an initiative could be non-intrusive. Perhaps. Or not. But it’s a notion worth looking at.Read more
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio certainly contradicts the notion in this headline. And he has been an exceptionally important voice railing against many excesses in Phoenix city government. But ultimately is a city best off with five, seven or nine Sal's?
Pardon the detour.
It would seem a consistent conservative message would go something like this. The federal government is furthest away from the individual, the neighborhood, the need and therefore should spend the least. And defer to the state. The state then likewise should defer to counties, cities and towns as those governments are the ones closest to the people. And it is there people want money spent. On roads. On the arts. On kids programs. On parks. On police and fire.Read more
A beautiful evening on the patio at Camelback Back Inn’s restaurant called Rita’s. The views at Sanctuary. The charm of The Hermosa Inn. The social conscience of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The increasing charm of Montelucia.
When one thinks of and experiences Paradise Valley’s grand resorts The Cottonwoods’ hotel property along Scottsdale Road doesn’t come to mind. Most don’t even know it’s in Paradise Valley. And based on its blandness, it shouldn’t be.
Yet, its owners are now seeking significant new densities. But for what, besides themselves?
The recent approvals for Mountain Shadows were necessary to ensure the open space of a golf course, a quality new neighbor for adjacent neighbors who have experienced Beirut for far too long, and to remove legal vulnerabilitiesRead more
We dislike politicians because we think they're hypocritical. We think they're takers and that there is always a hidden motive behind their actions.
But what is the motive behind fighting against equality and then being serviced in a public bathroom by a Craigslist secret lover? Later, going home to your wife and children and complaining that your wife, along with the meatloaf, are dry.
Does the gay community really inspire such rage within your heart, or are you feigning disgustRead more
What do Republican primary voters think of House Speaker John Boehner and why might it matter in next year’s CD1 Primary here in Arizona? Let’s call it “a Speaker thing”.
Activists in the GOP are largely disappointed with Speaker Boehner and his leadership and they are critical of what they see as his lack of conservative resolve. They don’t trust him to lead his caucus in a conservative direction if that means taking on established interests. They expect him to be weak and to cave at the end of each legislative battle.Read more
While the divisive fight over Medicaid Expansion was widely expected to produce primary challenges to the small number of Republicans who joined with the Democrats to pass it, early indications are that conservatives who voted against the expansion are increasingly finding themselves targeted by left-leaning Republicans who believe that crossing the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation ought to be a primary goal. Whether or not these challengers are successful will make a big difference to whether or not Arizona's Legislature remains solidly conservative.
In the West Valley, Litchfield Park City Councilwoman Diane Landis is challenging State Representatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell, who are two of the most conservative legislators in the State House. Both voted against the Medicaid Expansion and Landis'Read more
The Arizona Republic recently announced it was abandoning local editorials and opinion pages. What a shame.
In years past the Republic, Phoenix Gazette and Scottsdale Progress joined the likes of the Glendale Star, West Valley View and many others to provide robust commentary on matters of local import.
The Arizona Progress & Gazette has been launched with names from the past to lead in the future. With energetic commentary and great debate.
A healthy Arizona Republic is a community imperative, no matter its opinion. From investigative journalism to a forum for ferocious disagreement it is an undeniable public benefit.
Yet, its leftward editorial tilt in recent years combined with its abandonment of community opinion provides an opportunity. From the center-right.
You will see our commentaries featuredRead more
Watch TV news, read newspapers, and listen to any liberal politician or consultant, and they will tell you that Arizona's growing Hispanic population is turning Arizona from red to purple and will eventually turn it blue. They believe it is inevitable because their liberal ideology presumes that demographics determines ideology and voters will vote in a manner that can be predicted based on their race, gender, orientation, etc. And left-wing groups have generated tremendous news coverage from their liberal allies in the media, all focused on their voter registration efforts.
But submit their assumptions to a fact check and consider the following:
For the first time since statehood, Republicans now control every statewide office. In spite of a hijacked mapping process and the Democrats getting the bestpossible district lines, Republicans still hold large majorities in both the State House and State Senate. But the voter registration numbers tell the real story. By Election Day in 2008, Republicans held a voter registration advantage of 96,335 voters. By Election Day in 2010, that advantage had grown to 128,865 voters. By Election Day in 2012, after all the hype, media attention, and after the vaunted Obama machine's focus on registering Hispanics, that advantage had grown to 168,067.
And it isn't the case where Democrat gains have been outpaced by Republicans and/or Independents. Democrat registration from 2008 until 2012 actually fell by 70,000 voters. So Arizona's population continues to grow, the Hispanic population continues to grow, but the Democrat Party continues to shrink.
So here is a message to politicians - Message Matters! Stand for something!
Hispanics largely favor school choice, are pro-life and pro-marriage, and distrust large governments who want to control their daily lives. Those are conservative positions. So go get that vote by talking to voters about our positions on the issues, have more Hispanic candidates who can help to deliver conservative messages to the entire state, and never take assume you can tell a voter's ideology just by looking at them. That's what liberals do and, judging by their results here in Arizona, they are wrong.Read more
It's not "cool vintage" like your Billy Idol cassette tape. It reminds me of milk that has expired. Or wearing white heels after Labor Day.
And although the Coexist bumper sticker makes you look like a Whole Foods shopping hippie, what REALLY grinds my gears... is when I see a member of the Conservative community utilizing their Chevy Tahoe as ad space for their political crusade. I'm not just talking one... I'm talking five to ten. If you have more than two bumper stickers on your vehicle, you look
insane. Please don't represent us in that way.
Can this person be cited at the scene of an accident for having a diatribeRead more