Taxpayers Subsidizing the Super Bowl

October 20, 2014

From AZCentral today: Did you know that Scottsdale taxpayers have footed a bill in the range of a million dollars to the Super Bowl 2015 ‘host committee?’ This money is supposed to pay for a big party (obviously no one would be partying in Scottsdale during the Super Bowl), and to encourage attendees to stay […]

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Scottsdale Election 2014 Recommendations

October 20, 2014

Most of you who are on the Permanent Early Voting List have received your early ballots by now. If you have not yet marked them, or if you prefer to vote on Election Day, here are my recommendations. Regular readers of ScottsdaleTrails know my well-researched positions on the local candidates, but I’ve added some ‘Cliff’s […]

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Another Clever Tax Break Scheme

October 19, 2014

The Phoenix Business Journal’s Mike Sunnucks reported a few days ago on the latest news regarding a tax break for developers that is in the news after some absence. It’s called “Government Property Lease Excise Tax,” or “GPLET,” for short. This is how it works: Such breaks entail local governments owning and then leasing public […]

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Civil Hypocrisy

October 7, 2014

This “Our View” column appeared in Saturday’s Scottsdale Republic. Back up the rhetoric In your article about the recent Scottsdale City Council candidate forum hosted by Scottsdale Leadership, you reported a lament by incumbent council candidate Linda Milhaven that the so-called “civility pledge” adopted by the City Council last summer did not pass unanimously. I […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture

October 7, 2014

Civil asset forfeiture is a scary thing. I support law enforcement, but any tool can be abused and this one is ripe for abuse. According to the Institute for Justice, In…civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize and keep cash and property that was allegedly involved in criminal activity—without ever proving a crime was actually […]

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LD23: Pennypacker v. Kavanagh

October 7, 2014

From Michael Clancy in Saturday’s Scottsdale Republic. LD 23 Senate debate spotlights contrasts MICHAEL CLANCY | THE REPUBLIC | AZCENTRAL.COM Paula Pennypacker was determined to point out the differences between her and state Rep. John Kavanagh during their Clean Elections debate for the Senate seat in Legislative District 23. Kavanagh remained calm at the Oct. […]

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Apartment Construction Headed for Classic Overshoot

October 7, 2014

The Phoenix Business Journal’s Mike Sunnucks reported a few weeks ago that the apartment construction trend which has been riding a wave of favorable rezoning has crested. Some in Scottsdale have bandied around a number in the 10,000 range for units in the pipeline (approved or under construction) which appears to be about one-third of […]

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AZ 6th Worst for Teachers

October 7, 2014

Arizona is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher. The Phoenix Business Journal shares a report by WalletHub.com which found …the average starting salary for teachers, listed as $31,874 for 2012-13 school year by the National Education Association, is the 44th lowest of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The […]

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Quote of the Day: Creativity and Innovation

September 27, 2014

    Creativity is doing something different than others; Innovation is defined as doing something better. Eric Ahlstrom

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Quote of the Day: Death of Democracy

September 26, 2014

  Democracies don’t go out with a bang. They die from a thousand untreated paper cuts. Tuyo Realmente

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