School District Endorsement?

October 23, 2014

I have yet to see the Jennifer Petersen (Scottsdale City Council candidate) campaign mailer supposedly proclaiming her to be endorsed by the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board, and including the SUSD logo across the bottom. An inquiring citizen’s main concern: I don’t want to have the district called into question at the moment as we are trying to […]

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The Economic Development Lie

October 23, 2014

The Republic’s Robert Robb penned a great article recently in which he said: While these two high-visibility projects [First Solar in Mesa, and Apple/GT Advanced Technologies at the same location as First Solar] were going bust, there were 124,000 jobs added in the Valley. Virtually all of them were created by companies you’ve never heard […]

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Three Best Trails in North Scottsdale

October 23, 2014

Michael Clancy recently posted an article on AZCentral listing the Three Best Trails in North Scottsdale: Granite Mountain Loop, Brown’s Mountain Trail (just opened in 2013), and Cholla Loop.

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Dark Money Dishonesty

October 22, 2014

It’s one thing for out-of-state corporations to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to elect their cronies (banker Linda Milhaven, good ole boy Dennis Robbins, and opportunist Jennifer Petersen) to Scottsdale City Council, by saturating our mailboxes and television programming with hysterical, hyperbolic portrayals of the good guys. But it’s something else entirely when […]

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The David Smith Problem

October 22, 2014

First let me say that personally I find Scottsdale city council candidate David Smith to be pleasant and even likable. Second, politically he is probably not much worse than the three Chamber of Commerce candidates: Banker Linda Milhaven; Good ole boy Dennis Robbins; and opportunist Jennifer Petersen. But that’s not saying much. And it should go […]

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Tonalea Community Renewal Meeting

October 21, 2014

Tonalea Community Renewal Meeting! Annual GAIN Neighborhood Watch gathering 6•8 PM THIS SAT. OCT. 25TH Let’s revitalize our wonderful Neighborhood. Make a PIT STOP! Look for the fire pit in Tonalea’s east parking lot for hot coffee, dessert & conversation. Meet & support your neighbors. Learn how Holiday Luminarias will continue & expect City Council members, candidates & […]

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Crazy Weather Pix

October 20, 2014

We had a tiny bit of crazy weather yesterday evening. Here are some photos shot from South Scottsdale.  

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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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