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Steller: Economic development policy core of Goldwater suit vs. Pima Space Ballooning | Latest Tim Steller columns | tucson.com

In 2015, for example, Scottsdale agreed to build $25 million hangars for Gemini Air Group, which is serving wealthy customers at Scottsdale Airpark. Gemini is paying back the construction cost via its lease, just as World View is scheduled to do with Pima County. I ask you to look at Goldwater’s history and point me […]

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General Plan Update: The Best Bad Idea We Have?

Our local “indy” newspaper printed a letter from Don Henninger a couple of days ago regarding the state of the local political climate, and Scottsdale’s aggravatingly-persistent General Plan Update. It reminded me of a scene from the Ben Affleck film, Argo, about the CIA rescue of the US Embassy hostages from Iran in 1981, under […]

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The most important government

SRP’s Trish Moeck posted a well-written article (which I’ve copied below) yesterday on the Scottsdale Leadership website, and I’d like to use as a jumping-off point for an expanded look at some of the topics Trish discussed. As you may know, Scottsdale Leadership is at its core a training program run by the Scottsdale Area […]

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Scottsdale Journalism, Jumbo Shrimp

“Scottsdale Journalism?” Is that even still a thing? I’m reminded of the George Carlin shtick about “jumbo shrimp,” “military intelligence,” and “business ethics.” More on that last phrase momentarily. Did you know that Carlin was a US Air Force veteran? He was also court-martialed three times. The USAF apparently doesn’t have a sense of humor. […]

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In pursuit of understanding the true cost of Scottsdale infrastructure needs | Scottsdale Independent

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/news/in-pursuit-of-understanding-the-true-cost-of-scottsdale-infrastructure-needs/ Infrastructure maintenance needs don’t happen overnight. Lane, Milhaven, Korte, Klapp, Smith, and their predecessors have shorted the capital improvement fund for more than a decade, while simultaneously giving away taxpayer money to their friends like Halloween candy: $20 mil to the PGA, $2 mil to Phil Mickelson, millions to the NFL, $4 mil EVERY […]

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Scottsdale jail employees demoted, police commander suspended after investigation | 12NEWS.com

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell seemed blindsided by the revelation that [former City of Mesa police lieutenant Rick] Van Galder [who had been convicted in Gilbert of super-extreme DUI and sentenced to three days in jail] was allowed out of his [Scottsdale] cell, had food delivered and his wife visit, and was even given a […]

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