Realtors Vs Realtors

July 22, 2014

I’ve been a little busy this summer but will be posting election news and information shortly. Meanwhile, I still post occasional updates to the ScottsdaleTrails Facebook page and Twitter feed. I was just copied on this letter to the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, which is once again acting as a shill for the Scottsdale […]

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Recycling Bad Ideas

June 29, 2014

Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield had a good “My Turn” column in yesterdays’ Republic. It’s not yet online, at least not that I can see. The Republic’s strategy (or lack thereof) for coordinating print and online coverage is a complete mystery to me. So, I’ll reprint it here. However, you may also see similar discussion […]

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Quote of the Day: Knowing Your Enemy

June 28, 2014

  In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. A.E. Wiggin, fictional character from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card [Thanks KK]. I think in Scottsdale the rule is that when you understand your enemy well enough to […]

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100 Ounces of Beer, What Could Go Wrong?

June 27, 2014

The upcoming “Scottsdale Beer Palooza” at the “…premier, nationally recognized, user-friendly equestrian center and special events facility,” also known as WestWorld of Scottsdale promises VIP ticket buyers 25, 4-ounce samples of beer included with their admission.   It has been awhile since I exercised my higher-math skills, but I think 25 x 4 = 100 […]

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When Yes Becomes No

June 26, 2014

A recent AZCentral  “My Turn” column from local attorney (and Virginia Korte associate) Jim Derouin blasted outgoing Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield for having so …thunderously opposed the city bond referendum that, in the process, he also killed the school bond referendum that was on the same ballot. As I stated in my comment posted […]

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Scottsdale’s New View of Photo Enforcement

June 26, 2014

Sarah Blais reported recently via KTVK Channel 3′s website about Scottsdale’s newest photo speed enforcement tools: Low-profile (thus hard-to-see) portable “kiosks,” which contain more compact versions of the equipment in our infamous photo-enforcement vans and other, more permanently installed equipment. As I recall, the program was ‘sold’ by its vendor (American Traffic Systems, aka “ATS”)  […]

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Why Quality Public Education Matters

June 26, 2014

With all the ongoing name-calling and finger-pointing surrounding the failure of the Scottsdale Unified School district budget override last year, I’ll point you to an interesting article on AZCentral today. The Republic’s Eugene Scott reports statistics from a recent report presented to the Arizona Mayors Educational Roundtable (coordinated by WestEd Policy Center in San Francisco), […]

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COGS City Council Candidate Forum Tonight, Thur 26 June 2014

June 26, 2014

The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale held a city council candidate forum last night at Scottsdale’s Granite Reef Senior Center. The candidates continue to evolve as they jockey for votes. I’ll publish more when I have a moment. The evolution will continue tonight at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 Via Linda Drive (south of Shea […]

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Scottsdale Hotel Valet Negligence Kills 14-Year Old

June 25, 2014

ABC 15 reports that prosecution of a 2012 DUI incident has resulted in a second-degree murder conviction. A valet parking attendant at the Scottsdale W Hotel enabled a felon to take a joyride in someone else’s Porsche, which led to a crash that killed a young boy, according to the boy’s family. W Hotel owner […]

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Scottsdale’s Birthday

June 25, 2014

Scottsdale was incorporated today, June 25 in 1951. Now entering our 63rd year as a municipality, we aren’t without controversy. The folks who champion our quality of life and managed growth (via our widely-regarded General Plan) continue to be assaulted by those who wish to profit from that quality of life by selling it in […]

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