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

Old Things, New Ways

It’s up for debate that it is impossible to teach an old dog new tricks because of all the established companies who are mixing things up. Businesses across the nation are finding that they can indeed learn new tricks and even put their own spin on it. Starbucks is constantly working to keep as up to date as possible with … Read More

Gallego’s Phoenix Plan To Go From Good To Great

Canals have a rich history in Arizona. Used for transporting water along the desert landscape, canals have been bringing new life to the area for hundreds of years. Now, the Grand Canal has the opportunity to restore this feeling of new life throughout Phoenix and make the canal another reason to enjoy the state’s largest city. A $10.3 million grant … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*How poorly was a political campaign run? One can usually tell by how long it takes to get campaign signs down post-election.  One MONTH after four of the six Scottsdale bond proposals failed “YES” signs are still up.  To those who ran the campaign show some respect to those you tried, and failed, to persuade. *The number of photo radar … Read More

Convoluted In Paradise Valley

The good news is that after heavy revisions to a flawed Ritz-Carlton resort and residences plan introduced earlier this year it’s now in a positive place, and nearing approval.  Anecdotal and polling information all demonstrates overwhelming support for the project.  And there appears to be a solid majority of supporters on the Paradise Valley Town Council two weeks before a … Read More

From The Wall Street Journal: Reforming Immigration One State At A Time

By Shikah Dalmia Senior Analyst at the Reason Foundation With Congress stuck among the contradictory demands of labor, business and talk-radio restrictionists, neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama has been able to move the needle on immigration reform. Meanwhile, as the economy gathers steam, states face a tight labor market at all skill levels. There might be a way … Read More

A new Scottsdale tourist attraction it may not yet realize

An early morning jog on a neighborhood canal is one of the oldest and most common forms of exercise in Arizona. Imagine if that jog could span from Scottsdale to Tempe to Phoenix. Starting in early 2016, using the canals to get around the city will be a reality. The Canal Multiuse Path Improvement project, predominately in Scottsdale, is reaching … Read More