“I deserve affordable housing in Scottsdale”

July 12, 2019

I recently had an–interesting–social media conversation with a couple of keyboard warriors who are essentially demanding cheaper (“affordable”) housing in Scottsdale. It’s clear from the comments they made that, while cloaked in proletariat self-righteousness, their motivation is really more about self-interest and entitlement than the “working class.” The conversation started with an opinion piece posted […]

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Payson’s pipeline brings flood of challenges

July 12, 2019

The water levels in the network of town wells dropped 70 or 100 feet in many places before the town imposed tough water restrictions, shortly before the recession. Well levels stabilized about 10 years ago, still far below historic levels. Source: Payson’s pipeline brings flood of challenges | News | paysonroundup.com I spend a little […]

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The completely obvious problem with no-bid contracting

June 28, 2019

Later, it was revealed in a draft audit that the company had overcharged the government for fuel purchases by $61 million. Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract

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Bond Grifters

June 7, 2019

In a recent comment appended to an article in the Scottsdale Trough Feeders newsletter (aka the Scottsdale Independent), village idiot (and muni bond huckster) Mike Norton claimed (among other things) that the assertion that Scottsdale has the “Most Debt Per Capita” is a lie. I’m the only guy who’s been saying that, so I guess […]

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Phony Poll-ony

May 29, 2019

Jason Rose, who basically lies for a living, has put out a press release in which he claims, “Substantial and Deep Voter Support for November Bond Measures.” That presser bounces through many more hyperbolic adjectives and adverbs like, “strong” (several times), “sweeping,” “substantial” (again), and “diverse.” Hey, the more, the merrier, right? Reminds me of […]

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Before you vote to raise your taxes…

May 3, 2019

Until the last election, Scottsdale had a 100% “Republican” city council and mayor. I put “Republican” in quotes, because I always thought the party platform’s primary plank was fiscal responsibility. During the last decade, our elected officials (including Mayor Jim Lane, Virginia Korte, Suzanne Klapp, and even some who are supposedly populist politicians who are […]

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City’s apartment boom raises residents’ concerns | City News | scottsdale.org

April 29, 2019

City planning double-speak: Scottsdale Senior Planner Jeff Barnes said. “Although the land use is not in direct review as part of that process, there is focus on how the allowed land uses are applied to a site and conformance of that application with established code and policy parameters.” — Read on www.scottsdale.org/content/tncms/live/

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Scottsdale Police Still Classify Many Rapes as False or Baseless | Phoenix New Times

April 29, 2019

So typical of SPD administration, particularly Chief Rodbell, who never saw a statistic he couldn’t misuse. Many of these cases undoubtedly trace back to Scottsdale’s bar district, from where property owners and bar operators donate massively to the political campaigns of Mayor Jim Lane, and council members Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte, and Linda Milhaven. High […]

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How the South Won the Civil War | The New Yorker

April 5, 2019

Resilience and resistance are the same activity, seen at different moments in the struggle. A good, long read from Adam Gopnik. Source: How the South Won the Civil War | The New Yorker

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ASU gave away $37 million to a Texas billionaire in hotel deal, Arizona attorney general says

April 4, 2019

ASU gave away $37 million to a Texas billionaire in hotel deal, Arizona attorney general says — Read on amp.azcentral.com/amp/3366789002

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