Guest Editorial: Scottsdale’s White Rabbit

By Scottsdale Pinetop The first thing many of us think of is the iconic white rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  It’s surprising, bold and serves as a channel for imagination. That’s exactly the kind of character Scottsdale’s art district has and needs more of. And it’s thanks to the efforts of councilwoman Linda Milhaven and the Scottsdale City … Read More

Johnny Bench, Part II

Yesterday we wrote about Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson’s impression of Hall of Fame Catcher Johnny Bench preventing a wild pitch from harming Scottsdale taxpayers.  You can see it below or CLICK HERE. There’s even more to the story, reinforcing Thompson’s sagaciousness.  It turns out Tempe and Phoenix, the city in which the Desert Botanical Garden is located,  were planning … Read More

Johnny Bench

Without a good catcher in baseball too many wild pitches can find their way to the backstop, helping the other team win and wreaking havoc on your own. That’s a lot like the job of a City Manager, including Jim Thompson’s in Scottsdale. Thank goodness the city had its own version of Johnny Bench for a recent, near fiasco. Scottsdale … Read More

Guest Editorial: Professor Without A Plan

By Scottsdale Pinetop What’s David Garcia’s education plan for the state? Who knows. With Invest in Ed off the November ballot, the fight over K-12 education funding moves to the governor’s race. Most voters know where Governor Ducey stands on education funding, highlighted mostly during the teacher walk-outs in April, where he found a solution called “20 by 2020” which … Read More

#LocalBuzz: Highs, Lows and In-Betweens

By Scottsdale Pinetop The Highs *Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced his endorsement for Bill Crawford for Scottsdale City Council. Read the Mayor’s endorsement here. *Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced her endorsement for former councilwoman Kate Gallego for Phoenix Mayor. *Former Councilman Daniel Valenzuela has been endorsed by The Honorable Ed Pastor, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, Phoenix State … Read More

Dewey The Dick

So a noble group of people want to put a mural on Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale to commemorate the late Senator John McCain.  Here’s a link to an story about the effort. Seems pretty simple.  And a big win for Scottsdale as local residents honor McCain in a way that aids a struggling arts street. Keep in … Read More

Guest Editorial: Down But Not Out

By Scottsdale Pinetop In the final match in Rocky, Balboa remains convinced that it’s impossible for him to beat Apollo. But rather than give up, he decides to go the distance and take on the champion for the full 15 rounds – a task no fighter had ever done before. And while Balboa may have lost the fight, the underdog … Read More

#LocalBuzz: Highs, Lows and In-Betweens

By Scottsdale Pinetop The Highs *Former councilman Daniel Valenzuela has been endorsed by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433, the Communication Workers of America – Arizona State Council, Sheet Metal Works Union, Local 359, UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Arizona Federation of Teachers 8002. *Barry Goldwater Jr. announced his endorsement of Nicholas Sarwark for Phoenix Mayor. The Lows No … Read More

Leap. No Faith.

Near the end of The Last Crusade,  Indiana Jones stood on the side of an abyss, not knowing how he was going to get to the other side.  He necessarily relied on the higher power above and Jones’ leap of faith was rewarded. The other side, the “No” side, in Scottsdale’s Proposition 420 debate, that being the one to rightfully … Read More


Earlier this year the Scottsdale City Council had a rambunctious debate on funding the community’s substantial infrastructure needs.  One group advocated for a more comprehensive bond approach, backed by property taxes, while the other suggested a smaller ball sales tax increase concentrating on transportation needs.  Both sides of this aisle made persuasive arguments but the latter gained majority status.  They cited the … Read More