The most important government

February 21, 2018

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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Conflict of Interest: What’s the Big Deal?

February 12, 2018

A number of folks who I know to be educated (and presumably intelligent) have been astonishingly dismissive of recent findings that Laura Smith, the chief financial officer of our Scottsdale Unified School District lied about the degree of a conflict of interest between her role as steward of taxpayer money budgeted for schools, and her […]

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Quote of the Day: Ethical standards matter

January 25, 2018

“We expect our children to learn that ethical standards matter.” Rose Finocchiaro Smith, long-time Scottsdale Unified School District employee and parent, speaking on the ethics crisis in SUSD administration; via KTVK interview.

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Schools Superintendent charged with perjury

January 23, 2018

Preview of things to come for SUSD? Former Baltimore County Schools Superintendent, Dallas Dance, charged with perjury –

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Our roots as a suburban, low density community.

January 23, 2018

“I would ask that we return to our roots as a suburban, low density community that draws residents and tourists looking for a low-density, scenic experience.” Matt Metz, Scottsdale citizen and longtime city volunteer; via the Scottsdale Independent.

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Quote of the Day: Malice vs Stupidity

December 20, 2017

In honor of the superintendent and governing board of the Scottsdale Unified School District… “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. But don’t rule out malice.” Via John Groseclose and Wikipedia. Commonly known as “Hanlon’s Razor,” or “Heinlein’s Razor,” the expression is attributed in parts to science fiction writer Robert […]

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More than $100 million in taxes lost to a taxpayer-subsidized office complex

December 18, 2017

This isn’t the first time ASU has been involved in a tax scam involving use of taxpayer-owned land to build a taxpayer-subsidized office complex. See “SkySong”: Source: Arizona’s largest office complex pays no property taxes (but we do)

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Scam School

December 12, 2017

If there was a school to teach the art of scamming, it might look at lot like the present-day Scottsdale Unified School District. Before I delve into the more delicious details… SUSD is a political subdivision of the State of Arizona, and the tenth largest school district in the state. SUSD has massive taxing authority. […]

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A Simple Yet Powerful Question for SUSD

November 6, 2017

What is the board doing to reduce teacher/pupil ratio? This question was posed by Barbara Veltri in a recent letter-to-the-editor of the Scottsdale Independent. She was responding to a dissembling opinion piece by current Scottsdale Unified School District governing board president, Barbara Perleberg. This one simple question gets to the heart of the problem in […]

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Scottsdale Journalism, Jumbo Shrimp

October 26, 2017

“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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