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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Scottsdale Independent “likes” plagiarism

I guess the sellout is complete. The editor of the new Chamber of Commerce newsletter “likes” the anti-rhetoric rhetoric of incumbent mayor Jim Lane. So much for neutrality of the media. A recent Facebook post from incumbent Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane plagiarized the campaign slogan of challenger (and three-term former council member) Bob Littlefield, by […]

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“Media Buy” has a whole new meaning in Scottsdale

About a month ago, I published additional details in the ongoing saga of former-fake mayoral candidate Bill Crawford and his phantom nominating petition signatures, including Crawford’s cowardly attempt to bully me into silence with an empty threat of a lawsuit over comments his lawyer mistakenly said I posted on AZCentral. Thinking (foolishly, as it turns […]

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Some truths about Phoenix’s property tax deals

I don’t think this appeared in the Republic’s online AZCentral site, but it was clipped and forwarded to me by a sharp-eyed ScottsdaleCitizen reader who knows I have been highly critical of GPLET abatements for private developers. Thanks MK. While I do not believe the GPLET mechanism has been used directly in Scottsdale, the principle […]

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Infrastructure investment lags even as borrowing costs remain near historic low | Brookings Institution

Why did this failure occur? One reason is that policy makers were too optimistic when the financial crisis took place back in 2008. Most public and private forecasts at the time understated the severity of the economic fallout from the bank meltdown. Decision makers in Congress and the Administration may have believed infrastructure investment would […]

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Pay-To-Play News

It has been coming for sometime [ScottsdaleTrails: Shrinking Republic], but the Arizona Republic has just announced it will institute a paywall system for AZCentral.com in September 2012. Euphemistically called, “Full Access,” and priced at $10 per month, it will allow non-subscribers to view a few articles. After that, subscription is required. Republic Media CEO John […]

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