#LocalBuzz: Highs, Lows and In-Betweens

By Scottsdale Pinetop The Highs *Anna Thomasson, Ellen Andeen and Councilman Paul Dembow were elected to the Paradise Valley Town Council in the Aug. 28 election. *Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield congratulated volunteers who collected 37K signatures to put Prop. 420 on the November ballot at a Volunteer Celebration dinner this past Wednesday August 29th. The Lows   *Paradise Valley resident James … Read More

Guest Editorial: Mickey Mouse

By Scottsdale Pinetop Dubbed “the happiest place on earth,” Disneyland used to be a place for nearly everyone to enjoy. But today, with skyrocketing ticket prices, the long promoted place “made for you and me,” seems increasingly made for someone else. If we aren’t careful, McDowell Sonoran Preserve could become a desert Disneyland. Adding to their long list of half-truths, … Read More

Wake Up Call For Dembow

There were a lot of interesting election results Tuesday night throughout Arizona.  But also in the Town of Paradise Valley.  There, after running a superb race, Anna Thomasson was rightfully rewarded as the top vote getter.  Ellen Andeen finished an impressive second. But it was who got the bronze medal that was noteworthy:  2-term incumbent councilman Paul Dembow.  Not only … Read More

Guest Editorial: More Than Just a Hiccup

By Scottsdale Pinetop Maricopa County officials can’t seem to get it right when it comes to our voting system. In 2016, it was the lack of polling locations that left over 100,000 voters from casting their ballots. Then in February, it was a misprinted insert in early-voting ballots for the 8th Congressional District’s special election that left more than 30,000 … Read More

Guest Editorial: How Dumb Are They?

By Scottsdale Jersey Boy So we know desperation is setting in with Desert Discovery Center sycophants in Scottsdale.  After all, they have renamed their project (Desert Edge), tapped the worst city manager in Scottsdale history to lead their new efforts and have deceitfully labeled their opposition campaign to Proposition 420 “Protect Your Preserve.”  Mind you, supporters of Proposition 420, the … Read More

Head Scratcher In Phoenix’s 85331: The Best Option Is Still In Store(age)

Zoning applicants and neighbors.  From Buckeye to Scottsdale they can get along swimmingly, or not much at all. Such is the situation to date for a head-scratching case currently ongoing in north Phoenix.  There, near Tatum and Dynamite, is a self-storage proposal that by all accounts resembles what is probably the nicest one in the Valley, that near the Estancia … Read More

#LocalBuzz: Highs, Lows and In-Betweens

By Scottsdale Pinetop The Highs *Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield has been endorsed by Arizona Conference of Police and Sherriffs and the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. *Former Councilman Daniel Valenzuela has given back to the Phoenix community by volunteering with United Phoenix Firefighters to provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need.

Guest Editorial: The Maverick Mural

By Scottsdale Pinetop A war-hero patriot, an Arizona Senator and a presidential candidate. The legacy and political career of Senator John McCain has become a staple of Arizona’s pioneering identity. And now as he continues his fight with brain cancer and President Trump’s tweets, local Arizona residents are attempting to honor Sen. McCain’s legacy and Arizona’s history.  An architect, a developer … Read More

A J.D. In BS

So a political action committee has formed to oppose the right of Scottsdale citizens to vote on new development in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve known as Proposition 420.  It will appear on Scottsdale’s November ballot.  Quite unbelievably, or fortuitously, it is being led by the worst city manager in the city’s history and a former zoning attorney.  We’re not making … Read More

Jerry & Jim

When a proposal emerged many years ago to turn Scottsdale’s old Los Arcos Mall site into an Arizona State University-led innovation center that later became SkySong, then Councilman Jim Lane voted against it.  He thought the city’s assistance too great for what was effectively a private sector development.  But his voice was in the minority on that council.  Yet, after … Read More