From Yes on 420: A Deep Dive into Our Charter Change and Its Effects

Why are we asking for a small Charter change? Why alter the City’s “Constitution”? Are there unintended consequences? Does it handcuff the City Council? A group of experts, including former Preserve Commissioners and a panel of attorneys, gave these questions serious thought and vigorous debate for several weeks in November 2017. There was extensive research and dialog behind our ballot … 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

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

Guest Editorial: Mickey Mouse

By Scottsdale Pinetop Dubbed “the happiest place on earth,” Disneyland used to be a place for nearly everyone to enjoy. But today, with skyrocketing ticket prices, the long promoted place “made for you and me,” seems increasingly made for someone else. If we aren’t careful, McDowell Sonoran Preserve could become a desert Disneyland. Adding to their long list of half-truths, … Read More

Guest Editorial: How Dumb Are They?

By Scottsdale Jersey Boy So we know desperation is setting in with Desert Discovery Center sycophants in Scottsdale.  After all, they have renamed their project (Desert Edge), tapped the worst city manager in Scottsdale history to lead their new efforts and have deceitfully labeled their opposition campaign to Proposition 420 “Protect Your Preserve.”  Mind you, supporters of Proposition 420, the … Read More

A J.D. In BS

So a political action committee has formed to oppose the right of Scottsdale citizens to vote on new development in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve known as Proposition 420.  It will appear on Scottsdale’s November ballot.  Quite unbelievably, or fortuitously, it is being led by the worst city manager in the city’s history and a former zoning attorney.  We’re not making … Read More

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


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