Scottsdale’s Best Politician

It would be easy to recognize Mayor Jim Lane for such a distinction. Ethics. Reforms. Results. Well-regarded by his peers. An overwhelming favorite to be re-elected for a final term later this year. And there are others that could be duly considered. But the distinction goes to someone whose name identification isn’t as high but respect from all is never … Read More

Scottsdale’s Reinvestment Results

Driving through north Scottsdale these days can bring a twinge of sadness. The beloved site that once housed the city’s most enduring watering hole, Greasewood Flat, is now being bladed for new homes. The same fate is set for the acres once hosting Pinnacle Peak Patio. Sure, businesses come and they go. But the inability of these particular owners to … Read More

A Republican Guy?

Guy Phillips first ran for the Scottsdale City Council in 2010.  That was the year of the Tea Party.  With little money Phillips, a rock-ribbed Republican, rode the wave to a surprisingly strong finish, albeit unsuccessful. But he didn’t give up.  Two years later he won.  Now, Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips is up for re-election. During his first term … Read More

The Adult

When Doug Ducey was elected Governor of Arizona he pledged to bring more business acumen to the job.  What voters may not have anticipated was his adeptness for politics.  Surely some of that has to do with the skills of his Chief of Staff Kirk Adams and others nearby like Danny Seiden and Daniel Scarpinato, but even with those ear … Read More

The Dumbfounding David Smith

There are few more interesting municipal elected officials in Arizona today than Scottsdale City Councilman David Smith. Having served as the City Treasurer he was the ultimate insider.  Then as a candidate he ran as a quasi-outsider.  Smith is whip smart and no matter one’s view of him he cannot be questioned about his affinity for the community. Recently, however, … Read More

Toll Brothers 2 In Scottsdale

One of the worst city managers in Scottsdale history was Jan Dolan.  She intimidated staff and fought so much with Barrett-Jackson she almost forced them away.  Space, even online, does not permit her laundry list of errors.  But we would like to focus on one, for Scottsdale history may be repeating itself at great consequence to taxpayers. Following the landmark … Read More

C’mon South Scottsdale

Recently we noticed this letter in the Scottsdale Republic.  It reminded us of that irresistible curmudgeonly charm of some southern Scottsdale residents who sometimes seem like male virgins betrothed to Gisele Bundchen.  You just can’t make some people happy. From the Scottsdale Republic South Scottsdale Can’t Grow Like This By Maj. George Stafford, Scottsdale   I have lived in South … Read More

Helping Arizona See More Freedom

Arizona  Governor Doug Ducey is rightfully positioning Arizona for a better state of innovation, for the best possible business climate. As members of all parties consider whether our state is to be one of the past or one of the future more and more legislative issues are being viewed through the innovation prism.  Are you a dinosaur like the decision … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*A scandal is brewing for one elected official in the Northeast Valley *Downtown Scottsdale businessman and activist Bill Crawford has formed an exploratory committee to run for Scottsdale Mayor *Good news.  Scottsdale City Manager Fritz Behring has been on medical leave for months but has been visiting City Hall and events about town much more lately.  A date for his … Read More

A Way For Scottsdale To Stay Best In Class

Once upon a time a group of neighbors in McDowell Mountain Ranch and a terribly odd no-growth activist teamed up to oppose the Ice Den on Bell Road near WestWorld.  Proposed by the then Phoenix Coyotes 20 years ago it was meant to serve as a training facility for the franchise, and an incredible new amenity for kids and families.  … Read More