Agendas and Budgets

Last night, 5 June 2012, the Scottsdale City Council considered several items that were of great interest to me. If you review the meeting video, you can see “public comment” from me at time index 0:16:00 on how the council and staff set and modify the meeting agendas, as well as the issue of city […]

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Subsidies

At the City Council meeting on 22 May I delivered public comments relating to taxpayer subsidies being handed out by Mayor Lane and the City Council for the benefit of private companies involved in golf, cultural events, and polo. I support all three activities, and I believe they are good for Scottsdale. However, I do […]

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Scottsdale’s Economic Forecast

Last Thursday, 24 May, the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Scottsdale City Council (Mayor Lane, Vice Mayor Milhaven, and Councilman Robbins) held an open study session and heard presentations from Elliot Pollack, RL Brown, and Professor Dennis Hoffman from ASU. The topic of this discussion was an “Economic Forecast” for Scottsdale, primarily regarding real estate […]

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Posturing

Three articles and a “My Turn” column ran in the Scottsdale Republic this week that are very telling. In the first (and I’ll cover the rest in additional posts here and on ScottsdaleTrails), an editorial entitled, “Pre-election posturing takes over the Kiva,” the editorial staff (presumably Robert Leger and Mike Ryan) said, “A Scottsdale city […]

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Knowing Your Friends

After the Scottsdale City Council meeting Tuesday night, we the citizens got a great lesson on knowing who our friends are. Mayor Jim Lane is not among them. As is his custom, Lane allowed applicants and zoning attorneys to drone on far past their allotted presentation time, but when it was time for residents to […]

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Voice of Scottsdale

This week’s “Alert” from the Voice of Scottsdale blog offers perspective on Tuesday night’s city council discussion about next steps in the process of updating Scottsdale’s General Plan: New Mayoral Candidate Already Intimidating Incumbent. The suspense is over.  At least for those who believed Councilman Bob Littlefield ever really intended to challenge incumbent Jim Lane […]

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