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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Mayoral Forums

Politics is not for the feint of heart and this week proved that in spades!  The first part of the double header took place in the lovely and historic neighborhood of Villa Monterey.  This is truly a treasure representative of the best of Scottsdale where neighbors are neighbors, and most importantly, they care deeply about […]

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Petition Roundup

I am very gratified and humbled by all the volunteer support on getting petitions. There are people all over the city talking to their neighbors on behalf of OUR campaign, and the sheets are coming in a few every day. We are getting very close to our minimum number. As soon as we surpass it […]

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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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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

An AZCentral article this morning describes last week’s presentation of the Public Art master plan by the Scottsdale Cultural Council. As you know, I am not fond of the Cultural Council’s no-bid, sole source, 20-year, $4 million/year contract that has no objective performance measures or deliverables. Here is my take on splitting off their Public […]

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Selling Out

From an AZCentral article this morning: Jim Lane made headlines in 2008 when he defeated incumbent Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross, marking the first time in city history a sitting mayor lost a re-election bid. Now, Lane is seeking to retain the top seat for another four years. The retired accountant says he has kept his […]

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Promises

Someone recently dug out and emailed me one of Jim Lane’s 2008 campaign mailers. Here’s what it says: Ten Reasons to Vote for Jim Lane: More openness at City Hall. Fewer secret meetings and behind-closed-door decision-making. Better protection of taxpayers’ money. No more Toll Brothers or Hualapai or other mistakes that have cost us so […]

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Revolution?

AZCentral published an article yesterday headlined “Korte leads Scottsdale council hopefuls in fundraising.” One of the comments posted at the end of the article said, “Looks like the Korte Campaign’s positive messages are resonating.” Now, I don’t know if that comment was intended to be facetious or serious, but it prompted me to post this […]

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