Is A Blue Wave Coming To Scottsdale Council Elections?

Politically, Scottsdale is a red city, with the exception of bluer-collar neighborhoods in the south that tend to hue similarly. This is reflected on the Scottsdale City Council where some if not all City Councilmembers are usually Republican, and where a majority has long espoused pro-business policies, for lack of a better term. But business as usual could be in … Read More

Guest Editorial: Fire Season Is In Full Swing!

By Scottsdale Pinetop Every year White Mountain residents hold their breath when fire season rolls around. They pray for the snow and rains, but prepare their homes for the worst. And with the two major fires lurking around the edges of the White Mountains these past two weeks, it seems these preparations cannot come soon enough. This past winter was … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Power Of Dark Money In Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop Dark money is the dark curtain of American politics. Arizona and Scottsdale are not immune. Nor is Tempe. Recently, Tempe voters passed a ballot measure that would require any group spending over $1,000 towards a local election to be disclosed on campaign finance reports. This transparency measure was supported by 91 percent of the voters – a percentage any … Read More

Guest Editorial: Raising Sales Taxes Is Not The Best Option

By Virginia Korte Last night the majority of the City Council voted to place a proposal to increase the city’s sales tax rate on this November’s ballot.  Four councilmembers approved it, thinking it will be a way to resolve the cost of the serious need to repair the city’s deteriorating infrastructure. I opposed the move for several reasons, including the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Solving Scottsdale’s Parking Problems, One App At A Time

By Scottsdale Pinetop “There’s never anywhere to park!” How many times have we heard it? It’s a traditional complaint for any lively city and one that Old Town Scottsdale has been battling for years. As a new wave of people flood to Scottsdale to live, work and play, Scottsdale’s lack of parking spaces has caused headaches for businesses, residents and … Read More

Guest Editorial: Giants’ Training Program Move A Big Boost For Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop   Baseball has long been a staple of the greater downtown Scottsdale identity with Scottsdale Stadium and Indian School Park Complex being an integral part of that success. Home to one of the more popular Cactus League baseball teams, the San Francisco Giants have outgrown their current practice facility at Indian School Park and looking to move. … Read More

Hitting The Mark

Some may find it curious that a Town Councilman in Paradise Valley was just tapped to head the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.  But we think the organization was wise to tap Mark Stanton as its new top dog.  As a Saguaro High School graduate, long-time member of the Scottsdale Charros and former executive with a prominent Scottsdale-based advertising agency … Read More

Headaches and Head Scratching In Scottsdale

ike any community Scottsdale must maintain and upgrade infrastructure.  But unlike most communities voters have largely rejected recent efforts to do so.  It’s a bit confounding really why such a progressive city in areas like the arts and desert preservation is falling behind on the basics. Over the past year Scottsdale City Councilwoman Virginia Korte, in particular, led an important … Read More

Guest Editorial: Don’t Forget Arizona’s Rural Teachers?

By Scottsdale Pinetop It’s happening! Arizona teachers, parents and support staff have decided to take a step outside the classroom and fight against Arizona’s State Capitol for higher teacher pay and adequate school funding. Today, teachers are banding together in a state-wide walkout strike, leaving many Arizona lawmakers questioning what to do next. By now, Arizona’s first teacher walkout in … Read More