The Conservative's Corner
There may be no better road house – cowboy centric or otherwise – than the watering hole in north Scottsdale known as Greasewood Flat.
And after “losing” Rawhide, as well as a public relations battle with the spunky Town of Cave Creek about which community is more chaps than chatter, the thought of a sunset for the most western bar in the “West’s Most Western Town” is downright depressing.
But just as sunsets always yield to sunrises so too may be the case for the beloved Greasewood.
No matter who came up with the idea of expanding the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in such a way that enriches Scottsdale’s greatest achievement along with providing breathing room for a family that was forced to sell Greasewood Flat in order to pay estate taxes, it’s worth a “cheers” or three.Read more
What is this?
You’re not alone if confused. It’s a proposed design for a new Chinese restaurant in north Scottsdale. The photo has not been manipulated. It is not a joke.
On November 21st the Scottsdale Design Review Board will decide whether this type of exotic, foreign design is appropriate for the area, or as it has at previous meetings tell the authors of the absurd to keep trying.
Some perspective. Thanks to the dogged efforts of many over the past two decades in the northern part of Scottsdale the area is uniquely somewhere. A celebration of the desert with notable design standards.
By what logic does this design advance such an achievement? It disrespects it. If the Design Review Board does not do what it should the Scottsdale City Council should intervene.Read more
Upton Sinclair once wrote a captivating American novel called The Jungle. Far more recently others have written about the municipal jungle known in Paradise Valley as Mountain Shadows.
It seemed to be to this community’s Los Arcos, a property always top of mind but without solution. But just as Scottsdale eventually lanced its boil, Paradise Valley may have more elegantly done so.
We have already written of the extraordinary challenge, followed by the extraordinary redevelopment approval engineered by the Town, property owner and neighbors, albeit the latter mostly kicking and screaming.
But now we learn this local jungle may have a neighborly new Lyon. As in the co-owner of the award-winning Sanctuary Resort, just across the street from Mountain Shadows, as well as the Valley Ho in the southern part of Scottsdale.
We could dwell on the interesting design and reputed operations of both properties. But in this case the most important ethic they offer is creating superb resorts within or adjacent to active neighborhoods. This is particularly encouraging for neighbors who have waited a very long time for good news.Read more
Political malpractice. That’s a kind term to describe the decision to place both a City of Scottsdale bond package on the ballot as the same time as more money for the school district. At a time when the stock market is high but the economy is not.
Dueling taxing propositions was an effort needing to defy the gods. Rare are those able to do so. The City of Tempe did it in 2010 when they enacted a city sales tax increase on the same ballot as Governor Brewer’s successful push to increase the state sales tax.
But Scottsdale wasn’t so successful last night.
So which way Scottsdale now?
Do something Washington never seems to do. Talk to opponents. They won. Big. So go smaller. Don’t let ego get in the way. They are local patriots too.
Discuss what their priorities are. Find common ground. Then proceed as a team for the city, or its schools. In November, 2014. As was pointed out by proponents many parts of Scottsdale do need a tune up. And maybe next time get more Republicans involved with an effort whose inner circle was all Democratic. Scottsdale is overwhelmingly Republican after all.
A more successful effort can be achieved. John Boehner, Harry Reid and Barack Obama might even learn a thing or two from you along the way.
As the joint Phoenix-Paradise Valley improvements impressively conclude soon at Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon it sparks a new idea: hiking access to Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain.
Scottsdale is opening trailheads in its spectacular McDowell Sonoran Preserve daily, it seems. Demand for hikes in and around Paradise Valley at Piestewa Peak, Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon aren't subsiding any time soon.
So why not think of ways to create public access to another town landmark? Clearly, such an endeavor would need to avoid the negative impacts other trailheads have and can cause for neighborhoods. But the small trailhead along Tatum heading north into Phoenix accessing that mountain preserve has never been a problem. And with Paradise Valley officials having already thought through creative solutions in dealing with Echo Canyon demand, such as shuttling from Town Hall, perhaps such an initiative could be non-intrusive. Perhaps. Or not. But it’s a notion worth looking at.Read more
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio certainly contradicts the notion in this headline. And he has been an exceptionally important voice railing against many excesses in Phoenix city government. But ultimately is a city best off with five, seven or nine Sal's?
Pardon the detour.
It would seem a consistent conservative message would go something like this. The federal government is furthest away from the individual, the neighborhood, the need and therefore should spend the least. And defer to the state. The state then likewise should defer to counties, cities and towns as those governments are the ones closest to the people. And it is there people want money spent. On roads. On the arts. On kids programs. On parks. On police and fire.Read more
A beautiful evening on the patio at Camelback Back Inn’s restaurant called Rita’s. The views at Sanctuary. The charm of The Hermosa Inn. The social conscience of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The increasing charm of Montelucia.
When one thinks of and experiences Paradise Valley’s grand resorts The Cottonwoods’ hotel property along Scottsdale Road doesn’t come to mind. Most don’t even know it’s in Paradise Valley. And based on its blandness, it shouldn’t be.
Yet, its owners are now seeking significant new densities. But for what, besides themselves?
The recent approvals for Mountain Shadows were necessary to ensure the open space of a golf course, a quality new neighbor for adjacent neighbors who have experienced Beirut for far too long, and to remove legal vulnerabilitiesRead more
The Arizona Republic recently announced it was abandoning local editorials and opinion pages. What a shame.
In years past the Republic, Phoenix Gazette and Scottsdale Progress joined the likes of the Glendale Star, West Valley View and many others to provide robust commentary on matters of local import.
The Arizona Progress & Gazette has been launched with names from the past to lead in the future. With energetic commentary and great debate.
A healthy Arizona Republic is a community imperative, no matter its opinion. From investigative journalism to a forum for ferocious disagreement it is an undeniable public benefit.
Yet, its leftward editorial tilt in recent years combined with its abandonment of community opinion provides an opportunity. From the center-right.
You will see our commentaries featuredRead more
In 2014 three seats on the Scottsdale City Council will be up for grabs, those of incumbents Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven and that of the loquacious voice of yesteryear, Bob Littlefield.
Littlefield is term-limited, and considering a run for the Arizona State Legislature.
We can dispense with the need for interviews and candidate debates when it comes to endorsements for two of these seats. Now. About a year before these elections take place.
Because Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven are Scottsdale.
Robbins is a small businessman, family man and lawyer. He was a good addition to help lead the city out of recession three years ago and he will be the right person to help Scottsdale advantage its recovery.
Robbins’ experience is also invaluable. HeRead more
Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of current Arizona Corporation Commissioner and former Arizona Senate President Brenda Burns. Commissioner Burns remarked:
“During my 16 years in the Arizona State Legislature, I often fought the overreach of the federal government. As an elected member of the Corporation Commission, I have seen how federal government policies have raised rates for water and electricity in Arizona. We need an Attorney General that will protect our state's rights. Mark Brnovich will stand up to the burdensome EPA. He did a great job as Director of the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, an organization that I consider to be a valuable voice in Arizona.”
“Mark's experience as an Army JAG, Maricopa County prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney make him eminently qualified to be Arizona's Attorney General. I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy."Read more
I’m excited to announce, thanks to your continued support, we were able to launch our first television commercial of the campaign. It couldn’t come at a better time as we head into the final stretches of the race.
As you know, I am the one candidate with the experience necessary to lead the Secretary of State’s office. There are two main responsibilities the Secretary of State has – overseeing elections and business filings. I have fought against special interests and voter fraud, championed free and fair elections, and making sure only citizens are allowed to vote. Plus, I am a former small business owner who knows how to reduce the regulatory burden mom and pop shops encounter.
A special thank you to Governor Jan Brewer for agreeing to appear in the commercial and helping Team Reagan across the finish line.Read more
Scott Smith and Christine Jones have spent considerable time and resources attempting to smear the business transaction involving my partner's and my sale of Cold Stone Creamery to Kahala Corp, but their allegations are simply not true. The fact is that both parties were pleased with the transaction and I continue to enjoy an outstanding relationship with both Cold Stone Creamery and Kahala Corp. today.
Former Kahala Corp. CEO Kevin Blackwell led the purchase of Cold Stone Creamery from my partner and me in 2007. He released the following statement in light of these recent unscrupulous attacks on the transaction between Kahala Corp. and Cold Stone Creamery:
“As the CEO of Kahala, I was the lead negotiator on Kahala’s purchase of Cold Stone Creamery in 2007. In that transaction Doug Ducey and his partner sold their ownership in Cold Stone Creamery to Kahala. The recession arrived shortly after Kahala’s purchase, adversely impacting the business and leading to a renegotiation of some of the terms of the deal. Such things sometimes occur in complex business transactions and I can happily say that our negotiations were resolved to the complete satisfaction of both parties. Cold Stone was, and is, a terrific company and I was, and am, proud to have been associated with the Cold Stone brand. While Doug and I had our differences during ‘the heat of the moment,’ Doug built Cold Stone into a great company and would make a great Governor for Arizona.”
Cold Stone Creamery has been a model franchisor, including being ranked #1 franchisor by Phoenix Business Journal and receiving the W.P. Carey School of Business' Spirit of Enterprise Award, Arizona’s premier recognition of entrepreneurial excellence. I was also honored to be inducted into Arizona State University’s Business School Hall of Fame.Read more
Hugh Hallman is building momentum in the polls and with Republican supporters across Arizona!
While one of Hugh's opponents today is citing a poll that's almost a month old, The Arizona Republic today reported on a poll taken in the past week that shows Hugh Hallman with a clear lead in the State Treasurer's race.
And conservative leaders such as former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr., Congressman Matt Salmon, Congressman John Shadegg, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan and others are continuing to lend their support to the campaign. You can see our full list of endorsers — from across the state of Arizona — on our web site at www.HughHallman.com/endorsements.Read more
From Tom Horne
I am the only statewide candidate endorsed by the NRA. It's also highly unusual for them to endorse any AG candidate in a primary. They know that it is imperative that we keep the Arizona Attorney General Republican and they also know that I have been a fierce advocate of protecting gun rights and preserving the Second Amendment during my administration.
Since becoming Attorney General, I’ve signed on to three Amicus briefs in support of the Second Amendment, issued an opinion finding that the city of Tucson would violate state law if they destroyed guns acquired during a “gun buy back,” and I have pushed for new state legislation that would allow school officials to have access to firearms in education institutions so that we can better protect our children from those that would seek to do them harm.
I’m honored that the NRA has given me their endorsement. It’s also exciting that I am the only statewide candidate in Arizona that the NRA has chosen to support for the Primary Election.Read more
2 multimillion-dollar foreclosures, 2 settled class action lawsuits, $78,000 in unpaid tax liens
PHOENIX (August 4) – Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith wants to make business records an issue in the Arizona governor’s race, but refuses to address questions about his business background. Today, The S Files looks into his record as a homebuilder, including two multimillion-dollar foreclosures and two settled class action lawsuits.
“Scott Smith and his campaign keep underscoring that he ‘pays his debts’ and ‘keeps his promises,’ but, with two multimillion-dollar foreclosures, two settled class action lawsuits and $78,000 in outstanding tax liens, his record shows that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Melissa DeLaney, spokesperson for the Ducey campaign. “If his plan to “Build a Better Arizona” is anything like his background as a homebuilder, it’s bound to be equally as defective. Arizona voters deserve better.”
SOLCITO LANE INVESTORS LLC
In January 2010, a $4.2 million note was called by a bank with regards to the development of a property by Solcito Lane Investors LLC. Scott Smith is co-owner of Solcito Lane Investors and he personally guaranteed the loan. The property sold at auction in April 2010 for $3.5 million – resulting in a $700,000 loss to the lender.
GW INVESTORS I, LLC
In May 2009, a $5.54 million note was called by a bank with regards to the development of properties by GW Investors I, LLC. Scott Smith again personally guaranteed the loan. The property sold at auction for $2.5 million, resulting in a $3 million loss to the lender.
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