With the ongoing protests against providing temporary housing within an otherwise-empty Scottsdale hotel property (which I’d think would be good for the local economy), for legal asylum seekers complying with federal law, a news item about US Army Private Marcelino Serna, caught my eye today. I wrote about Serna a couple of years ago, in […]
Lake Mead is currently 16 feet below where it was this time last year and the reservoir is only 37% full, while Lake Powell is down 35 feet from last year and sits at just 34% of the lake’s total capacity.
Mark Liebner on SUSD’s Tonalea campus lease to Phoenix Rising Football Club [I attended the first part of this meeting, and I can vouch that there was outright hostility from some of the neighbors toward Phoenix Rising’s proposal, and toward SUSD administrators’ poor handling of it. Mr. Liebner does a good job of covering most […]
A neighbor of mine has been plagued for years by an adjoining AirBnB (aka “transient,” or less than 30-day) rental, which has now turned into an interminable demolition/remodel nuisance. He has carefully documented many of the zoning code violations, and contacted the city dozens of times at all levels from code enforcement (which is where […]
Tammy Caputi’s recent opinion piece in the so-called “Independent” demonstrates exactly the reason I recommended against her for city council in last year’s election. I’ve reproduced her letter below my comments. It is full of half-truths and outright dishonesty, with one goal in mind: Usurping the very purpose of the General Plan and our zoning […]
If you are visiting ScottsdaleCitizen for the first time because you received my letter, welcome! The information below is all in the letter, but forwarding this article to your Scottsdale friends is a great way to leverage it out to a larger audience of voters. And I’ve included convenient hyperlinks to the websites of the […]
I received an entertaining, late-night email from Otis Norton in my inbox this morning, in which he threatened me for mentioning one of his friends in a social media post. I’ve been around and involved long enough to have been threatened by a few folks. So, while I always take threats seriously, this one mostly […]
The downgrade of Scottsdale’s IDR [Issuer Default Rating] to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ is due to concern that the city’s financial resilience cushion, combined with its constrained independent revenue-raising ability, increase its vulnerability to periodic downturns given the heavy dependence on economically sensitive revenues… — Read on www.fitchratings.com/research/us-public-finance/fitch-downgrades-scottsdale-az-idr-excise-tax-revs-to-aa-from-aaa-gos-affirmed-at-aaa-13-05-2020
In the past, I’ve been critical of former Republic columnist John Talton’s loose cannon, anti-automobile ranting. I haven’t seen much from him lately, but his older piece, Phoenix 101: What killed downtown, Part II, recently came to my attention, and contains a nugget worth noting. Hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in […]
You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1927-2003, political scholar, US Ambassador to India, and US Senator from New York.