A Simple Yet Powerful Question for SUSD

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 Darts

The latest edition of the “Voice of Scottsdale” (aka, “voice of Virginia Korte”) threw a dart at Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as the Scottsdale Cultural Council) this morning. I’ve reprinted the column below, but I’ll give you a little background first: Scottsdale Arts is a private business that contracts with the city, ostensibly to manage […]

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“Too Jewish”

There isn’t much I disdain as much as racism. One of those things is false claims of racism. Another is sanitizing the record in order to hide either of those. “Respect Our Scottsdale Students” (aka “ROSS”) is a Facebook group which describes its mission thusly: “Regaining the trust of the Voter and the Legislator requires […]

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Roberts: A $225 million subsidy for Coyotes? Really?

Moron of the Month, AZ State Senator Bob Worsley, Republican (supposedly) from Mesa. Take away the rainbows and roses and you are left with a project that commits $170 million in future state funds and $55 million in city funds to another hockey arena. This, in a state that can’t adequately fund its schools. “Fundamentally, […]

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Jim Lane’s perpetual polo pandering

I got an invitation via email this afternoon to join Scottsdale’s embattled incumbent mayor Jim “Shady” Lane at the “Polo Party” at WestWorld next weekend. Funny, there’s not a single mention in the invitation that you and I, the taxpayers of Scottsdale, chipped in to promote this “event.” Nor does it mention that the promoter […]

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Desert Discovery Center and a Venetian Blind | Phoenix New Times

Someone mentioned the “Canals of Scottsdale” project in a Facebook comment this morning pertaining to the Desert Discovery Center controversy. Boy, did that kick off a little trip down memory lane. I moved to Scottsdale shortly after a grass roots effort had crushed this silly “Venice in the Desert” idea at the ballot. Here’s a little […]

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More Lane Lies

Hold the Presses! The Scottsdale Independent prints yet another campaign PR puff piece for Scottsdale’s incumbent mayor Jim Lane, with no editorial challenge whatsoever to Lane’s lies. Shocking! Here’s the first paragraph: Recently I sent an e-mail highlighting why I think Scottsdale is the best city in which to live. Our economy is strong. Our […]

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A mile is not always a mile in Scottsdale

As a pilot, I’m familiar with the small (15%) difference between a “statute” mile (the common use) and a “nautical” mile (used for marine navigation–obviously–but also aerial navigation). Pilots almost always talk in nautical miles, and in nautical miles per hour (aka “knots”). At the Scottsdale mayoral debate last week, I heard one of the […]

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