Scottsdale’s Impact Of Activism

        While Scottsdale has always had an engaged electorate, what happened in 2018 supercharged it.  The ramifications are now becoming clearer, importantly and insightfully. Three years ago about this time the “Desert Discovery Center” proposed for the Gateway in the city’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve was on its way to a landslide defeat at the ballot box.  Years of wrangling … Read More

Guest Editorial: Old Town Becomes a Battle Zone

By Alexander Lomax           One of the first real battles of David Ortega’s time as Mayor has now come, and to the surprise of few, it comes in the form of development disagreements. Ortega campaigned strongly on the message of quality growth, a message that numerous city council candidates also pursued in their successful campaigns. Recently … Read More

A Liquor-Fueled Fight: Old Town Liquor Store Voted Down by City Council

In a unanimous 7-0 vote last week, the Scottsdale City Council voted down the application by liquor store owner and operator Samir Yono in his attempt to bring a liquor store to Old Town. This follows the defeated attempt to bring a marijuana dispensary to Old Town, further cementing the preservation of Old Town as a place to play, not … Read More