Good For Goodness Sake

There are few nicer people in Scottsdale than Kathy Littlefield.  Or as irascible as Bob Littlefield.  Scottsdale should not be their guinea pig and allow Bob to serve as Mayor (he’s a longshot candidate) while Kathy serves as a Councilwoman.  The plethora of open meeting law violation possibilities and other legal problems would likely be long while civic tempers grow … Read More

It’s The Critics Who’ve Had Too Much To Drink

Old people like to drink too.  That was manifested in Scottsdale for many years at a place called Chances Are.  There it sat on Miller Road, just south of Camelback and across from a lot of residences.  It became to septuagenarians in the area what Studio 54 once was to the Big Apple. Back then we didn’t hear many complaints … Read More

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Proposition 123

PHOENIX —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today endorsed Proposition 123 because it’s a conservative plan that invests in our teachers and students, and will ensure Arizona’s kids have the funding they need to receive a great education.  “We can make Arizona safer by better educating our kids,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. “We need to invest in our teachers … Read More

Scottsdale Silliness Sequels

We have opined before that one of Scottsdale’s great strengths over the years has been an enduring, mature governing majority. While Scottsdale’s political schizophrenia often yields a Littlefield or Zraket it doesn’t usually flush sanity or common sense when decisions come to the dais. This can be difficult when neighborhood unrest is significant. But it’s in those times having a … Read More

Why I support Prop 123 – and you should too!

By Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix City Council District 6 Dear friends, I wanted to pass along five reasons why I support Prop 123, the May 17 special election referendum to help fund Arizona’s public K-12 schools. 1) $3.5 billion – that’s BILLION – for schools without raising taxes! 2) We’re using the state land trust, which exists to support public schools! 3) The state … Read More

Now That’s A Good Fit

What the Thunderbirds are to the Waste Management Phoenix Open the Charros are to Scottsdale spring training. They put on great events and raise ridiculous sums of money for local charities.  They are civic service at their best.  That’s why we were pleased to read this story recently in the Scottsdale Independent about Dennis Robbins becoming the new executive director … Read More

Being Secretary of State isn't easy

By Ken Bennett I’m sure you’ve seen some of the news coverage regarding the presidential preference election on Tuesday. Numerous voters experienced long lines and waited hours to cast their vote, many staying at polling locations close to 11 PM. As Arizona election officials found out, conducting elections is a complicated and challenging task. Being Secretary of State isn’t easy. … Read More

South Scottsdale Gets More Good News Courtesy Of Mayor Jim Lane

As we have written about before there is much to be excited about if you’re living in or focused on south Scottsdale.  From exciting new redevelopments at 64th Street and McDowell to the success of Sky Song and even a relatively new microbrewery the marketplace is abuzz about this revitalizing area.  The location is superb, proximate to recreational and transportation … Read More

Surely They Teach Logic Better In Arizona Public Schools

We believe Arizona voters should pass Governor Ducey’s landmark Proposition 123 on May 17th to settle lawsuits over the state’s K-12 public education system.  It’s a $3.5 billion injection of new money without raising taxes.  The new revenues come from future sales of state land. The measure is an impressive, bi-partisan compromise. Yet, some who have jumped on board, primarily … Read More

Is Scottsdale Out Of Big, Bold Ideas?

Arizona State University is coming to downtown Mesa, after it already helped revitalize downtown Phoenix. A big new regional park is coming to Gilbert, following the resurgence of its downtown. The expansion and enhancement of Margaret Hance Park in Phoenix is impressive. It begs the question does Scottsdale still need big ideas of its own to move the community forward?  … Read More