Guest Editorial: Stop Taking The Children!

By Scottsdale Pinetop Since the announcement of President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, dozens of activists, elected officials and migrants-rights supporter have gathered in downtown Phoenix to fight to against the policy that has removed nearly 2,000 children from their families at the border. And supporters seem to be gaining by the day. President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy directs Border Patrol officials … Read More

Guest Editorial: It’s Time To Say Goodbye

By Scottsdale Pinetop In the West’s Most Western Town, we know a thing or two about horses. Scottsdale is home to a number of equestrian centers, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the Scottsdale Quarter Horse Show, to name a few. The city even installed a beautiful Ed Mell statue of a bucking horse with … Read More

Carolyn Mullany Jackson: A Great Scottsdale Corporate Citizen

Carolyn Mullany Jackson is setting the bar on what it means to be a good corporate citizen. She has her hands full as the Vice President of Brand Strategy for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. She oversees the company’s image here in Arizona and across the country as it conducts collector car auctions including June 20th in Connecticut and September 27th … Read More

Guest Editorial: Three Faces of Governor Ducey

By Scottsdale Pinetop As Governor Ducey ramps up for his re-election campaign, voters will be presented with three vastly different sides of his time as Arizona’s Governor. His campaign will depict him as Arizona’s conservative hero who champions for the state. His opponents will depict him as a traitor of the Trump administration. Finally, Democrats will depict him as an … Read More

Strengthening Scottsdale’s Economy For Taxpayers

By Virginia Korte At Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, I told a standing-room-only audience that the request to rezone some State Trust land to accommodate the Crossroads East project was one of the most complicated cases I have ever contemplated. Based on what several of my fellow councilmembers said during our vigorous discussion, I was not alone. After four hours … Read More

Guest Editorial: Teachers May Be Pushing Their Luck

By Scottsdale Pinetop After decades of tax cuts and underfunding of public education, thousands of teachers descended on the state Capitol in an effort to secure more funding and urging lawmakers to act. And to the surprise of many Arizonans, it worked. While the #RedforEd movement may be over, the debate of where the additional education funding will be coming … Read More

Tour De Force?

So many political campaigns are so full of pablum.  Hire a consultant.  Take a poll.  Send out mailers and missives that are the highlights of the poll.  Repeat. That’s why it’s refreshing when someone, anyone, breaks the mold.  Cue Anna Thomasson, businesswoman and first-time candidate for the Paradise Valley Town Council. We’re sure her campaign will feature all the typical stuff … Read More

Guest Editorial: Credit Where Credit Is Due

By Scottsdale Pinetop There’s no question that it has been a tough year for the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). With the dismissal of Superintendent Birdwell and other school administrators, school protests and rise of the “Red for Ed” movement, it’s easy to dismiss the progress made by SUSD –specifically the recent successes at Coronado High School. At a time … Read More

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 … 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