City Managers & Cy Youngs

City managers are a lot like baseball pitchers.  You’re not going to win every political and policy game. But if you go 21-5 during the course of a year on important decisions you are municipal Cy Young Award winner. And Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson, over the past many years, has helped Scottsdale win.  A lot. He’s earned the respect … Read More

Guest Editorial: Nordstrom Closures Hit Chandler

By Recker McDowell — Nordstrom is closing its store at Chandler Fashion Center permanently. The Chandler store is among 16 locations Nordstrom is shuttering. Other retailers will also be permanently closing stores with COVID-19 hastening the demise of some already struggling brands and locations. Nordstrom’s closure at Fashion Center is a blow to Chandler. The East Valley suburb has worked … Read More

Suzanne Klapp: Budget Deadline Looms Large

By Suzanne Klapp — The Scottsdale City Council is running out of time to address the severe economic impact we are witnessing now in our city revenues.  Each day we do not recognize and act on the dramatic drop in sales tax revenues, the budget hole for the city’s next fiscal year just gets deeper. I am increasingly uncomfortable and … Read More

That’s What We’re Talking About

We have not been shy about the city of Scottsdale’s sluggish response to its critical tourism industry, waylaid by a pandemic. It’s supposed to be a first among municipal equals when it comes to ingenuity.  Instead, it’s led from behind, performing as if concussed rather than with commitment and conviction. Fortunately, one of its wannabe leaders, Scottsdale City Council candidate … Read More

Ethics Panel Clears Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips

Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips has been cleared by the city’s independent ethics panel of any wrongdoing stemming from allegations he should have reported income received by a GoFundMe account, according to the Scottsdale Independent.  The inquiry looked at Phillips’ links to the group opposed to the Southbridge Two development in Old Town Scottsdale. You can read the Scottsdale Independent … Read More

Guest Editorial: Peoria Helps Small Businesses, Restaurants; COVID-19 Efforts Need To Be Sustained, Long-Term

By Recker McDowell — The city of Peoria is hosting a virtual Second Saturday event on May 9th to help promote small businesses as well as local restaurants, musicians, and artists. Residents and business owners can attend the event at www.facebook.com/Peorias2ndSaturdays. Local business and entrepreneurs are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the type of event all … Read More

The Sweet Lyrics of SkySong

Once upon a time it was the site of a beloved mall.  Then voters directed the City Council to create a next generation mixed-use development anchored by a sports arena.  When that was fumbled a less imaginative Walmart Supercenter-centric retail plan was put forth. But progress was not made at the southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads until a … Read More

Atta Boy

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And friends shouldn’t let friends govern by groupthink. Over the years Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane have been very close. Speeches at States of City.  Appearances at each other’s campaign fundraisers.  Ideological allies. So, it must have been difficult for Lane to criticize the Governor’s recent extension of his stay … Read More