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

Cracking Down in Old Town

Photo Credit: YourValley.net Due to a recent uptick in violent and gun-related crime in Old Town Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Police Department recently released new proposed rules aimed at attempting to reverse this crime increase. The problem stems from past attempts to tackle crime inside of and around nightclubs after the 2013 stabbing death of an Old Town bouncer. Attempts to … 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

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Needs to Make Inclusionary Housing Decisions

By Larry Kush In an article published by the Wall Street Journal less than two months ago, the WSJ said that the United States is millions of housing units behind current demand. In Arizona, this translates to a pre-pandemic need of 230,000 new units – roughly 50,600 in Scottsdale alone. When a spokesman for the Arizona Multihousing Association presented this … Read More

Big Win for Scottsdale: Pac-12 Baseball Tournament Coming to Town

In a significant win for Scottsdale, the Pac-12 collegiate conference announced that it would form a baseball tournament to decide the conference winner, and it will host this new tournament in Scottsdale. The first tournament will take place in May 2022, featuring the top 8 teams of the conference at Scottsdale Stadium, spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. … Read More

Guest Editorial: Let’s make downtown Scottsdale great again!

By James Derouin Mayor Ortega wraps himself in virtue when speaking about Scottsdale’s downtown. His motives, interests and alliances, however, need to be understood. Read more here –> https://www.yourvalley.net/stories/derouin-lets-make-downtown-scottsdale-great-again,254664

The Genius of Van Gogh Coming to Scottsdale

A frequent knock on the Valley is that its cultural scene is much like its climate: a desert. In another example of how this dated cliche is showing its age once again, Scottsdalians will be privy to a rare treat starting August 26th: a fully immersive exhibit of post-impressionist legend Vincent Van Gogh. This exhibit will attempt to draw you … Read More