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

Failure To Learn

Sean Noble’s recent take on the solar industry as outlined in his blog Noble Thinking in an entry entitled “Failure to Launch” represents a failure to learn on the part of the author. First a little background.  Nevada recently pulled the plug on “net metering” which requires utilities to pay the retail rate for the excess electricity rooftop solar customers send … Read More

Why the world is talking about ASU

By Michael Crow Dear friends of ASU, As we enter an exciting new year of excellence at Arizona State University, I want to call your attention to just how momentous 2015 was in the evolution of our New American University. We set milestones in research, accessibility and achievement throughout our learning enterprise, and for service to our local and global … Read More

Watch Out For Her

Not to channel Hillary Clinton but it does seem women often endure a double standard in the political arena.  Donald Trump’s campaign theatrics make him a “leader,” “entertaining,” and “commanding.”  Imagine if a woman acted so.  “Bitch” would be the most frequently used term.  Like it was when Christine Jones ran for Governor in 2014.  Others have avoided such labels … Read More

Scottsdale: It’s OK To Lend More Ear To The Loyal Opposition

The success of recent Scottsdale efforts to fund city improvements with new general obligation bonds isn’t great.  Indeed, a merry band of opponents defeated all of the bond requests several years back and only two passed during the latest effort in 2015. The campaigns in support of the requests were wayward, but something more fundamental was at play too.  Opponents … Read More

It’s Good To Be Scottsdale

Scottsdale is on a roll. While no community can expect a sunny headlines all the time, let’s just say these past few weeks have been very, very good to Scottsdale. The Phoenix Business Journal put out an article that says Scottsdale is one of the best places in the United States for a startup business. Reporter Haley Ringle wrote, “This … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State again reminded Arizonans what it’s like to have someone with a firm grip on the wheel.  His predecessor always made the public feel like a passenger to a driver’s permit. *It should be noted that McCain’s time in the U.S. Senate and Ducey’s time as Governor will both end in 2022.  Who knows … Read More

From the New York Times: North Korea Is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor

Not all content here needs to be political.  Nor should it.  Our job is to stir thought.  And that’s what this article does.  A businessman who runs as local rock legend Roger Clyne sings, “Counterclockwise.”  It’s a good read.  And a different way of getting ahead in business. From the New York Times: North Korea Is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil … Read More

An open letter to Scottsdale Schools

by Loyd Eskildson The Arizona Legislature took away SUSD’s near monopoly on students living within the district when it passed the 1994 law enabling charters. Since then SUSD has lost an ever increasing number of pupils and associated funding. The total number of pupils currently lost is estimated to be as high as 12,000. Using a conservative number of 10,000 pupils … Read More

Deservedly, No Buzz For New West Valley “Casino” (i.e. Bingo Hall)

Ever since a 2002 statewide vote Arizona tribes have had a monopoly on gambling. You remember the promises:  grant us this right and we’ll do good by it, help our people and keep gambling on our lands. Then along came the Tohono O’Odham tribe from Tucson.  Through clever lawyering, political chicanery and sleights of hand that would make any great … Read More