Dirty Little Secret In Surprise, Arizona

The All American Rejects have 38 million hits on YouTube for their video of “Dirty Little Secret.”  The City of Surprise, Arizona may see a few hits of its own, especially directed by taxpayers, if they continue their quixotic request to seize property from the largest property owner in its downtown.  The Arizona Republic reported on the story awhile back. … Read More

A New Low In Scottsdale

Imagine this:  A City of Scottsdale employee perhaps not enjoying a request or opinion from a citizen decides to choke them, in public and resulting in a police investigation. How long do you think City Manager Fritz Behring would keep them around?  The pink slip likely wouldn’t take as much time as the choke. Yet, if developers asking for special … Read More

Uber is Here to Stay. Thank You, Arizona!

You spoke, and your leaders listened. With the stroke of a pen, Arizona became the latest in a growing list of states to embrace smart ridesharing regulations that support innovation, expand economic opportunity, and put consumer choice and safety first. We’ve been proud to play a role in strengthening Arizona’s economy while making it easier, safer and more affordable for … Read More

The Republic’s Wrong Vision For The Wright House. And Political Nescience

We are fans of the Arizona Republic. We also came into being due to their retreat from robust, community-oriented editorial content.  Today, the Arizona Republic’s editorialists awoke from their frequent hibernation on matters local, reminding us how they can be wrong, not Wright. Essentially, the Republic chastised the Arcadia neighborhood for its substantial opposition to a developer’s plan to commercialize … Read More

Keeping Scottsdale Special: Special Treatment For Special Places

About a decade ago far north Scottsdale saw Rawhide relocate to the Gila River Indian Community.  The property now houses a Sprouts, strip center and nursing home. The venerable Scottsdale watering hole Greasewood Flat is set to be replaced this year with houses, as is Pinnacle Peak Patio. And while its special nature can be questioned The Borgata was certainly … Read More

The Political Con Job In Paradise Valley

It would be far more forthright for developer Jerry Ayoub, who wants to build a dense subdivision in Paradise Valley that happens to include a Ritz-Carlton hotel, to level with the good people in town rather than his current silly rhetoric. It would go like this:  I paid way too much for the large property at Scottsdale and Indian Bend … Read More

Saluting The Spring Training Hall of Famers

Today, Hall of Fame funny man Will Ferrell is creatively making his way around the Cactus League to showcase a great cause. That he is here at all, able to move so conveniently from one stadium to another, reminds us all of one of the Valley’s most notable achievements. The economic impact from spring training is staggering.  Just ask most … Read More

Arizona Democrats Have A New Slogan: You’re Too Dumb

A Philosophy Enshrined In Opposition To Financial, School & Healthcare Choice Prospective 2016 GOP nominees for President get asked it a lot.  What does your party stand for?  Ronald Reagan Redux.  Freedom.  American exceptionalism.  Liberty.  Those are a few of the familiar refrains. It’s not quite clear what Hillary Clinton and the Democrats stand for.  But here in Arizona it … Read More

A Better Fate For South Scottsdale

Since the closing of Los Arcos Mall some 15 years ago and a number of automobile dealerships more recently, Scottsdale’s primary political sport has been hand wringing about the future of McDowell Road. An arena for the Phoenix Coyotes, SkySong, large new apartment projects, light rail, a New York City-like “High-Line” trail.  There has been no shortage of ideas big … Read More