Scottsdale Journalism, Jumbo Shrimp

“Scottsdale Journalism?” Is that even still a thing? I’m reminded of the George Carlin shtick about “jumbo shrimp,” “military intelligence,” and “business ethics.” More on that last phrase momentarily. Did you know that Carlin was a US Air Force veteran? He was also court-martialed three times. The USAF apparently doesn’t have a sense of humor. […]

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Scottsdale Parking Solution? Quit Causing Parking Problems!

According to Daniel Davis, who wrote a letter-to-the-editor on the subject of parking that was recently published: Overlying our parking woes is something called “parking minimums.” Parking minimums are laws requiring developers to build specified amounts of free parking spots. These parking minimums are often totally arbitrary and inflate the costs of building housing and […]

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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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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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Smart vs Brilliant

Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe. Robert Orben, (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional observational comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. Thanks to Calvin Peel […]

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Arizona Drought

NOAA’s weekly drought monitor map shows most of Arizona still suffering under drought conditions. Fortunately, our plight is less severe than that of south-central California or the Atlanta area in northern Georgia. Thanks to Jen Wahl at 12 News for retweeting this for all to see.  

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Virginia Korte: Horse Troughs and Horse Hockey

In a recent example of press release journalism in the Scottsdale “Independent,” Virginia Korte is quoted: “Putting horse troughs in front of downtown stores is not going to keep Scottsdale the ‘West’s Most Western Town.’” That one dishonest statement sums up Korte’s sincerity about the so-called “Community Conversation” about the future of Scottsdale she’s proposing. […]

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Glendale’s Pro Sports Bill May Hit $21 Million This Year | KJZZ

“I don’t know to say if it’s an equal value,” [Glendale city manager Kevin] Phelps said. “But I think it certainly presents a compelling case to be in that market.” If you don’t KNOW that you are getting your money’s worth, then there is nothing “compelling” about such a case. This uncharacteristically disjointed article by […]

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