Sam Campana: Scottsdale’s First Woman Mayor

By Scottsdale Pinetop Known for her dedication and passion for the arts and environment, Sam Campana has been a leader in many quality of life issues in Arizona and a trailblazer for Scottsdale women in politics. She served on the Scottsdale City Council for 12 years and Mayor from 1996-2000, becoming the first female Mayor in Scottsdale history. She previously … Read More

Good & Faithful Servant 

Working in government these days can be difficult, whether it’s in Washington, D.C. or closer to home in Arizona. It seems there is a scandal a day seeking to besmirch decent, public servants – all because of political games or, in this world we now live in, where one mistake is treated as a kiss of death. Fortunately, there is … Read More

Warning Signs

The mantra of Scottsdale’s slow growth and no growth advocates (and there is a difference) goes something like this.  Scottsdale should curtail the energetic recruitment of new business and corporate headquarters like Axon, Nationwide and others because they can foster height and growth that intrudes on the character of the city.  Likewise, new development or redevelopment should be smallish, no … Read More

Guest Editorial: Political Joke Gone Too Far?

By ScottsdaleBlogger With cancel culture as cutthroat as it is, many people need to be even more concerned about the things they may have said in the past. Arizona Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly is continually under the spotlight as a political figure and nevertheless made this mistake. Two years ago, Mark Kelly was speaking at the Boy Scouts … 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.  #LocalBuzz: Q & A With Scottsdale City Council Candidate Betty Janik Betty Janik gathered 30,753 votes in the August 4th primary election, which made her the top vote-getter among all city council candidates and will move on to the November 3rd … Read More

For A More Perfect City

There’s no doubt Scottsdale is a warm, inviting community. But this should no longer be a continuing excuse not to adopt a more compelling city non-discrimination ordinance.  Indeed, it’s the very reason it should.  Be a beacon, a leader.  It would be like America failing to proselytize about the benefits of democracy.   For many years this goal has been … 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

Guest Editorial: Local Influencer Uses Platform for Awareness

By Gilbert Guru Holland Smith, an up and coming Instagram Influencer based in Chandler, has recently used her growing following to spread a positive message in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent college graduate was contacted by Arizona Department of Health Sciences (ADHS) to utilize her following to promote its #MaskUpAZ initiative. Holland Smith, who typically uses her … Read More

Howard Myers: There Are Things Worth Preserving

By Shea Lincoln Howard Myers moved to North Scottsdale in 1996 and quickly got involved in local politics. He was a vocal and tireless supporter of the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve but corrected us when asked if he was a pioneer of the effort. He says that honor belongs to a long list of advocates . They include … Read More

#LocalBuzz: Q & A With Scottsdale City Council Candidate Betty Janik

By Scottsdale Pinetop Betty Janik and her husband have lived in Scottsdale for over 16 years. She was the co-founder of the Protect Our Preserve PAC, the citizen led committee behind Proposition 420. She served as the President for the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) and a member of the 2019 of For The Best Scottsdale PAC, the campaign that … Read More