The Scottsdale Unified School District Board Election: What Should You Know?

As is the case every election, the bright and shiny objects of federal- or state-level races or other big ticket campaigns draw the mass media’s attention, but there are still always a number of very down ballot races that are critically important but often fly under the radar. In this case, the two open seats for the Scottsdale Unified School … Read More

An Important Inflection Point In Paradise Valley

Beneath Paradise Valley, one of the greatest small towns in America, lies political acrimony.  It’s surprising.  In a community where so many are happy with its direction those who serve and help make it so are often at each other’s throats. Much of this in recent times was caused by council cancer Paul Dembow.  He had a terrible relationship with Councilman  Mark Stanton, was … Read More

And Then There Were Two: How is the Scottsdale City Council Run-Off Looking?

Back in August, the majority of the contested Scottsdale City Council seats were sealed up then and there, as both Kathy Littlefield and Solange Whitehead secured enough votes to earn re-election and not need to head to November’s run-off. One seat remains however: Barry Graham and Pamela Carter will square off to replace Linda Milhaven. So how did we get … Read More

The Perils of an Unregulated STR Industry Rears its Ugly Head

We are not afraid to confront the short-term rental (STR) crisis here in Arizona. After the industry lobbied the state government heavily, the legislature essentially took away any local control and left municipalities toothless in their ability to fight back, After extensive public outcry, a partial reversal of those laws passed this past legislative session, which then prompted both Scottsdale … Read More

Pressure Mounts for the Need to Build More Apartments Now

The nearly absurd rise in housing prices which has led nearly directly to a rental crisis in Arizona is a major pressing issue that we have been on top of here at the Arizona Progress Gazette. Recent interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve have served the purpose of pumping the brakes on the economy, raising interest rates, and halting … Read More