Political Potpourri

*Paradise Valley’s Mayor & Town Council have a crush on relatively new Town Manager Jill Keimach. So much so that it is redefining municipal honeymoon. *Did former Scottsdale City Councilman David Ortega vote for the Scottsdale Waterfront towers? If so, his opposition to the recent Southbridge II redevelopment approval across from the Waterfront, which includes similar heights, is also a … Read More

Scottsdale City Council Unanimously Approves New Bicycle Tourism Project, Innovative Redevelopment Connecting Old Town Scottsdale and Indian Bend Wash

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of aging apartment complexes at the southwest corner of Camelback Road and the Indian Bend Wash into Arizona’s first bike-centric, arts-focused sustainable mixed-use development. The Scottsdale Council voted 7-0 at its Tuesday meeting to approve zoning and development plans for Gentry on the Green. Gentry on the Green is … Read More

What Is He Thinking?

Let us first say if Councilwoman and mayoral aspirant Virgina Korte’s long-time political consultant is not involved with the “Voice of Scottsdale” blog we will stand corrected and will provide all the space he wants right here for him to correct so. But we’re not holding our breath. Earlier today, and for the second time in a month, this person … Read More

Alliance Metals USA Addresses Inaccuracies, Falsehoods, Biases From Arizona Republic

(LA PAZ COUNTY, ARIZONA) — Alliance Metals USA would like to address inaccuracies and biases in the Arizona Republic’s November 29, 2019 story “Arizona environmental regulators grant permit for aluminum plant in La Paz County”. The story — which centers on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality granting an air quality permit to Alliance Metals USA — states the company … Read More

Guest Editorial: Experiences And Recreation Increasingly Driving Scottsdale Tourism

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale saw 10.8 million tourists last year with visitors enjoying the city’s shopping, restaurants and bars, hiking trails, arts and culture and golf courses. What all those tourists have in common is that they are coming to Scottsdale for experiences. That is true for visitors everywhere whether it’s Key West, Florida or Juneau, Alaska. And recreation … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Ritz-Carlton Is Rising And It’s Getting Very Exciting

By Jini Simpson and Dan Schweiker — Wow. That’s all one can say once you witness the breadth and depth of construction and progress now taking shape at the new Ritz-Carlton project in Paradise Valley. Over the years we have been two of the project’s staunchest supporters.  Both of us served on the Paradise Valley Town Council in the past. … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Positive Lessons For 2020 From The Scottsdale Bond Campaign

By Recker McDowell — The Scottsdale City Council has certified the November bond election where voters overwhelmingly passed Questions 1, 2 and 3. It is the first major bond program passed by Scottsdale voters in 19 years. Now, the political focus in Scottsdale, statewide and nationally turns to the 2020 elections. Scottsdale will be electing a new mayor and council … Read More

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Can Parlay International Tourism Into Economic Development Gains

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale hosted 1.7 million international tourists last year, according to a new tourism impact study released by the city earlier this month. Those international travelers account for 15.7 percent of the 10.8 million of Scottsdale’s visitors in 2018. This is the first study where Scottsdale tracked international visitors and their $443.9 million spending here. That spending … Read More