Not Playing With A Full Deck

51. That’s the number of ballot statements opponents of allowing people to vote on development in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve submitted to the Scottsdale City Clerk. The vote will take place in November and is now known as Proposition 420. 51. That’s also the miniscule number of people that may actually vote against the measure at the ballot box in … Read More

Backbone

Once upon a time one of us involved with this blog had an opportunity to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a small setting.  A pretty boring guy who reminded us more of a Republican Michael Dukakis he nevertheless piqued our interested when talking about how and why certain voters in his state voted for him, but then opted … Read More

Guest Editorial: It’s Official! It’s On The Ballot.

By Scottsdale Pinetop   It has been a long time coming, but finally it looks like the end is in sight. This week, the Scottsdale City Clerk announced that the Protect Our Preserve initiative has more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Voters will see it on their ballot as Proposition 420. This means that the … Read More

Nattering Nabobs Of Nonsense

Excuse us if we borrow and take license with the “nattering nabobs of negativism” phrase patented by Vice President Spiro Agnew in his critique of media. We invoke a related phrase now because the recent missive from the “Desert Edge Advocates” in their “Views” eblast earlier this week demands it.   To a small extent we feel sorry for the … Read More

Irascible vs. Intuition

Bob Littlefield meet Kathy Littlefield. The former served for many years on the Scottsdale City Council before term limits prompted him to run for the Arizona State Legislature.  But he lost in the 2014 Republican primary to Jay Lawrence.  And then Bob decided he wanted to become Mayor, running against popular incumbent Jim Lane while his wife, Kathy, served on … Read More

Alexander The Great

Carla.  Jane Rau.  Nancy Cantor.  Hannah Goldstein.  Bob Mayhew.  Mike Merrill.  Lida Stewart.  Bob Vairo.  Linda Whitehead.  Alan Kaufman.  Sonnie Kirtley.  Mike Norton.  Barbara Espinosa.  Howard Meyers. Scottsdale has a rich history of civic activism over its many years, ranging from fighting hockey arenas to fighting for what became the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Some activists famously impacted noble pursuits in … Read More

Guest Editorial: It’s Time To Say Goodbye

By Scottsdale Pinetop In the West’s Most Western Town, we know a thing or two about horses. Scottsdale is home to a number of equestrian centers, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the Scottsdale Quarter Horse Show, to name a few. The city even installed a beautiful Ed Mell statue of a bucking horse with … Read More

Guest Editorial: DDC Dividing Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop Whether it’s the current Trump administration or local city councils, those who have become disenfranchised by their government all share a common denominator: passionate advocacy. It’s that passion that has fueled new grassroots movements like Red for Ed and March for Our Lives. Unfortunately, for Scottsdale, it’s the passion behind the Desert Discovery Center that is the … Read More

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

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