Scottsdale Museum of the West management agreement amendment

Shades of the Scottsdale Cultural Council…let’s throw good taxpayer money after bad. The Museum of the West, Inc., got the City Council to give it free land and over $11 million in taxpayer money for the purpose-built structure…mind you, that’s BORROWED money, for which we (the taxpayers) are on-the-hook. Plus, we gave them a $400,000 […]

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One-Way Civility

I had an interesting exchange last night with Virginia Korte toadie Jim Derouin, who butted into a Facebook conversation between me and another acquaintance which never really got started. The other fellow asked me how I felt about Korte and Linda Milhaven abandoning their efforts for an LGBT anti-discrimination city ordinance. The other fellow didn’t […]

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I’m not talking to YOU anymore!

It’s possible that the vagaries of email have resulted in a mis-delivery or non-delivery of the weekly-ish “Voice of Scottsdale” to my inbox. But for the sake of having a little fun, I’m going to assume the more likely and more fun alternative: My stinging criticism and continuing attribution of those writings to Virginia Korte […]

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The ongoing obituary of the Scottsdale Cultural Council

“Instead of a city of arts and culture, we are a city of entertainment,” [Agnese] Udinotti says. “It’s a party city now.” But Scottsdale’s arts scene has ebbed and flowed in the past. There’s a chance at another comeback, right? She’s cutting with her opinion.”It doesn’t come back.” Becky Bartkowski has penned a hard-hitting piece […]

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Thank You For Your Support

As you can imagine, I was very disappointed in the primary election results. Not only for me, but more for everyone who supported me, contributed hard-earned dollars, and invested so much volunteer time in the hope of renewed faith in city government. I’m very appreciative of that support, and am equally dismayed by Tuesday night’s […]

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Crony Capitalism

The Phoenix New Times ran a story dated Friday 24 August entitled, That’s So Scottsdale Scottsdale Mayor Voted to Give Taxpayer Coin to His Campaign Consultant, Jason Rose, for Polo Tournament Run by… Jason Rose It’s no surprise to me that crony capitalism is alive and well at the Scottsdale City Hall Kiva. I registered […]

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The Cost of a Bad Hire, Take 2

Here we go again. I just wrote about this last week. I don’t understand how Mayor Lane and Councilwoman Klapp could possibly think rushing to hire a new city manager is a good idea, let alone politically smart. Here’s the latest from Councilman Bob Littlefield on this subject: Dear Friends: This morning the Scottsdale Republic […]

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