Scottsdale schools superintendent under fire after contentious changes, charges of nepotism

June 23, 2017

How much of this criticism should also be directed at Barbara Perleberg and the rest of the SUSD Governing Board, to whom Birdwell is accountable.

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Hawks get their $142.5m in tax money, Atlanta mayor says public doesn’t appreciate his “heart” | Field of Schemes

June 20, 2017

Georgia State University student Tim Franzen said he didn’t understand the city’s love of stadiums. “It’s insane,” he said. “We are not in a crisis of resources. We are in a crisis of moral authority.”

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Diamond Green Backs

June 6, 2017

In an article I posted last week (Bookshelf Intellectualism) about the utter failure of the Scottsdale Planning Commission to live up to it’s mission of serving the citizens of Scottsdale, I referenced a letter-to-the editor by political entrepreneur, Jim Bruner. You may also remember that Bruner was a driving force in bringing taxpayer-funded professional baseball to […]

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Bookshelf Intellectualism

May 31, 2017

In a column that ran recently in “the other so-called newspaper” in Scottsdale, the editor regurgitated nonsensical remarks by Jim Bruner, which Bruner had delivered at a reception for city board and commission volunteer appointees. Scottsdale’s boards and commissions are SUPPOSED to vet issues and provide citizen-oriented recommendations to the mayor and City Council when […]

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Public meetings and the First Amendment

April 19, 2017

At a city council meeting in February, Scottsdale citizen Mark Stuart was arrested for–in essence–exercising his First Amendment rights, and rights proscribed by the Arizona State Constitution and Scottsdale City Charter and policies, during time reserved for such “public comment,” at that meeting. Stuart’s topic was a petition opposing the Desert Discovery Center. Stuart’s removal […]

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Check out this article from azcentral:

April 18, 2017

Theranos reaches $4.65 million fraud settlement with Arizona Arizona served as the main testing grounds for Theranos in 2013 when it began to roll out its unproven technology at Walgreens stores across metro Phoenix. The company opened 40 Theranos Wellness Centers in the Valley, and operated a laboratory at Arizona State University’s SkySong office complex […]

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No one should be treated like that

April 12, 2017

“He can’t be [at fault]. He was a paying passenger sitting on our seat in our aircraft, and no one should be treated like that. Period.” United Airlines Chief Dumbass Officer Oscar Munoz, who initially said the passenger’s “belligerence” was to blame for his being beaten, bloodied, and dragged off a United flight.

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“Well, that’s just not true,” Ducey shot back when asked about what the teachers said. “I think you’re taking words out of context.”

April 12, 2017

AZ governor Doug Ducey, stumping for a job as United Airlines CEO.

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Roberts: Dark money group got what it paid for: universal vouchers

April 10, 2017

“I don’t support [taxpayer-funded ESA private school voucher] expansion without more oversight and accountability,” [Mary Hamway, former state representative from Paradise Valley]  said, at the time. She wasn’t targeted because she opposed ESA expansion; it was because she wanted “oversight and accountability.” Source: Roberts: Dark money group got what it paid for: universal vouchers

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Cul-de-sac living comes to the city | AZ Big Media

April 10, 2017

[The objective is] to create a replica of the cul-de-sac sized living experience that [the developer] and his family currently enjoy, but in a vertical, urban, mixed-use setting with a “resort” feel. The article goes on to quote: “These units definitely take the concept of indoor-outdoor Arizona living to the next level,” says Bob Nathan […]

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