Scottsdale’s San Andreas

Once upon a time Scottsdale power brokers used to sit around a place called Mag’s Ham Bun and largely decide who was going to rule the city’s roost. How times have changed. Last night a grassroots movement spawned with laptops and shoe leather reinvented Scottsdale’s political landscape.  It was an earthquake. Proposition 420, a determined drumbeat of citizens to defeat … Read More


As Scottsdale voters contemplate Question 1 on the November 6th ballot, a measure that would generate new funds to repair, improve and expand local roadways, we have a question to ask of our readers.  Normally we opine. This time we seek input. We have written previously of the spiteful opposition engineered by local realtor Scott Jarson to a notable and … Read More

In Defense Of Virginia Korte

It might seem odd for us to opine about the leader of opposition to a Scottsdale measure we enthusiastically support.  But not all opponents are or should be considered untoward, especially if their heritage outflanks most everyone involved in the debate. We speak of Proposition 420, as we have many times.  It deserves support for all the reasons we, and  … Read More

Next Mann Up

The cast of characters associated with opposing the revitalization of the former Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix not only has a sketchy relationship with reality, they have a sketchy relationship with the law.   You may remember the group’s spokesman Tom Simon. He had a long list of felonies to his name and did prison time before he was hired by … Read More

Guest Editorial: Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 1

By Mayor Jim Lane, Vice Mayor Guy Philips and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp Editorial in Arizona Republic  Please join us in supporting Question 1 on Scottsdale’s November ballot to keep our fair share of county transportation taxes. Question 1 approves a small and temporary transportation sales tax increase in Scottsdale. The increase amounts to one-tenth of 1 percent (0.10 percent), or … Read More

More Disarray

Over the past year the goings on with the former Chinese Cultural Center near Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport have been parts amusing, sickening, surprising and confounding. And there’s a new wrinkle we’ll get to in a moment.  We’ve written on the issue before but here’s a quick refresher. A development arm of the Chinese government sold the failed center to … Read More

Guest Editorial: Calling All Mavericks to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Vote

Dear Friends, As you know, my husband dedicated his life to serving a cause greater than himself. That’s why I’m so proud to let you know about the McCain Institute’s new initiative: #MavericksNeeded. Through this effort, we’re calling all Mavericks to stand up, speak out, and vote on November 6th. Longer-term, our initiative aims to inspire people to join the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Show Me The Money

By Scottsdale Pinetop Political fundraising. It might not be the most glamorous or alluring aspect of political campaigns, but it does play a crucial role in getting a candidate elected into office or helping pass important city initiatives. And as we enter into the finals days of Scottsdale’s 2018 elections, the recent results of campaign finance reports help provide some … Read More


Our opinions are generally pro-business.  And they can be quite lengthy, depending on the subject.  But sometimes proposals are just so gross they deserve a quick no and escort to the door. An example this week was a letter from City of Scottsdale Planning Department staff back to AMA Builders, LLC about a rezoning proposal in north Scottsdale at 118th … Read More

No Hail To The Jarson Hypocrites

We love Scottsdale.  We are unabashed enthusiasts for “the best city in America” as Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane likes to say. That’s why we are aggressive and frequent voices towards those trying to run it down. Like Scott and Debbie Jarson of Jarson & Jarson Real Estate, who are actually Paradise Valley residents. They are wrongly and hypocritically opposing a landmark … Read More