Is Scottsdale’s Long-Discussed Desert Discovery Center Necessary?

Whenever someone talks about a renewed commitment to impressive vision in Scottsdale the proposed Desert Discovery Center for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve usually comes up. As envisioned it would further enlighten preserve visitors and hikers, and aid Scottsdale tourism efforts. There is such a thing as an idea whose time has come. There are also those ideas whose time has … Read More

Tipping (Over) Point For State Rep. John Kavanagh?

Other titans of Arizona’s illegal immigration wars have fallen. Andrew Thomas. Russell Pearce. Even Sheriff Arpaio’s last election was close. And although lesser known the smart, affable State Rep. John Kavanagh is likely next on the target list. Word is that determined moderate Republican and former Scottsdale Planning Commissioner Jeff Schwartz is set to challenge the House Appropriations Chairman as … Read More

Demise of SB1062. Return Rise Of Sheriff Paul Babeu

He was one of the brightest Republican stars in Arizona history before the Phoenix New Times unveiled his whole new meaning of “Jose, Can You See?” He is Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Once the darling of Fox News and Arizona Republican Party voters alike. Just several years ago most anything was politically possible for Babeu. Then came the troubles. … Read More

These Cottonwoods Not Looking So Good For Paradise Valley Despite The Spring

Amazing. Just amazing. Following the Paradise Valley Planning Commission’s rejection of a plan to supersize the unremarkable Cottonwoods Hotel in town, backers are now saying they can magically reduce the rejected plan’s proposed density by thirty five percent. It’s amazing what can happen when you just say no. We opined about the flawed Cottonwoods proposal back in October. Here is … Read More

No Miracle In West Mesa

The 1988 Democratic nominee for President Michael Dukakis talked a lot about the “Massachusetts Miracle,” touting his perceived Bay State successes. But by the time the campaign ended voters weren’t looking so kindly on such claims. It’s a lesson that could play out this year in the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign, either by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith’s GOP opponents, or … Read More

Southern Scottsdale Should Be A Political Stepchild No More

Proximity to Sky Harbor, freeways, a great downtown, the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, the Indian Bend Wash. “South Scottsdale” should be a prideful label, not a derogatory one. Maybe the two strip clubs in the area advance the negative connotation. Or the automobile dealer departures along McDowell Road. Or maybe the big talk but little action from both public … Read More

Norma Alvarez: A Liberal, Glendale Voice For Good

With the exception of Bill de Blasio’s New York City where the mayor there is declaring war on charter schools, educational choice is gaining more acceptance across the country to the constant displeasure of teacher’s unions. They can block for a time but not forever the tide of history. This is the lesson of all civil rights, of which school … Read More

Perhaps Gilbert Mayor John Lewis Should Be Running For Governor & Not Mesa Mayor Smith

As the narrative goes Mesa Mayor Scott Smith single-handedly willed a backward East Valley behemoth into America’s most progressive city. That’s a slight exaggeration and there’s no doubt Mayor Smith has done a commendable job getting results. Additionally, he is an engaging fellow that’s got a little Chris Christie without bridges while being a tad more cherubic. But if the … Read More

Scottsdale Is Amazing Not In Atrophy

Recently an article in the Scottsdale Independent queried whether Scottsdale was losing its luster. It cited the election losses of the General Plan, a Scottsdale School District bond and the recent city bond package. But that’s a little like saying Kate Upton doesn’t like as good in a red bikini as blue. She still looks good. No matter what. So … Read More

Not So Super Bowl, Glendale Star Says

You don’t see this every day. And that’s the hometown newspaper of a Super Bowl host city harshly criticizing the costs of the event, as well as the local NFL team that makes landing the third largest sporting event in the world (behind the Olympics and World Cup) possible. But that’s what the Glendale Star, the long-timer paper of record … Read More