Diamond Green Backs

In an article I posted last week (Bookshelf Intellectualism) about the utter failure of the Scottsdale Planning Commission to live up to it’s mission of serving the citizens of Scottsdale, I referenced a letter-to-the editor by political entrepreneur, Jim Bruner. You may also remember that Bruner was a driving force in bringing taxpayer-funded professional baseball to […]

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Bookshelf Intellectualism

In a column that ran recently in “the other so-called newspaper” in Scottsdale, the editor regurgitated nonsensical remarks by Jim Bruner, which Bruner had delivered at a reception for city board and commission volunteer appointees. Scottsdale’s boards and commissions are SUPPOSED to vet issues and provide citizen-oriented recommendations to the mayor and City Council when […]

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Public meetings and the First Amendment

At a city council meeting in February, Scottsdale citizen Mark Stuart was arrested for–in essence–exercising his First Amendment rights, and rights proscribed by the Arizona State Constitution and Scottsdale City Charter and policies, during time reserved for such “public comment,” at that meeting. Stuart’s topic was a petition opposing the Desert Discovery Center. Stuart’s removal […]

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What does Scottsdale get for $150K Final Four funding?

[Scottsdale] City officials say the sponsorship will help fill local hotels and restaurants while bringing more national exposure to Scottsdale, a community known for its resorts, golf courses and major events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction. Help fill local hotels? Since when does Scottsdale have a problem with empty […]

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Scottsdale activist arrested at council meeting after free-speech showdown

California attorney David Snyder, executive director for the First Amendment Coalition, said a city can dictate the amount of time given to each public speaker but must keep subject-matter restrictions very narrow. “The idea that a citizen is not permitted to talk about election issues at a public forum runs counter to pretty basic First […]

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Scottsdale Citizen-Advocate Silenced and Arrested at City Council Meeting

It was reported to me last night that at the direction of Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane, fellow resident advocate Mark Stuart was cut off during remarks to the city council about the proposed multi-million dollar “Desert Discovery Center,” during the “public comment” period of last night’s council meeting. The live broadcast of the city council […]

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Civil Dialog Doesn’t Apply to Senility?

Scottsdale city council member Virginia Korte has really stepped in it this time. In her anonymous “Voice of Scottsdale” alternative facts blog she accuses the senior statesman of North Scottsdale, Howard Myers, of being senile. Wow. She’s angling for induction into the Jason Rose Hoof-In-Mouth Hall of Fame. You may recall one of Jason’s periodic […]

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Infrastructure needs, prospect of DDC vote top list of priorities for Scottsdale elected officials

“The clear, transparent and accountable path to the funding of the capitalization and recapitalization of the city’s capital infrastructure projects with voter-approved general obligation bonds,” would be [Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane’s] top priority he said during an interview Dec. 20. Well, if we are being “clear, transparent and accountable”… During Lane’s term on council and […]

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