November Property Tax Increase Election Arguments

July 31, 2015

5 p.m. Wednesday 5 August is the deadline for “arguments” to be included in the election information pamphlet that will be mailed to the households of all registered voters prior to the start of early voting. This is a very effective way for you to influence our elections and taxes. Each argument cannot exceed 300 […]

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South Scottsdale Rent Escalation: Press Release Journalism

July 23, 2015

A couple of days ago a local media outlet put out a ‘story’ entitled, “Rents are jumping in downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale as Valley becomes more urban.” A closer reading of the text reveals that it’s nothing more than a regurgitated press release by a multi-family property broker who has a vested interest in […]

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“One of the Most Shocking Scams in Sports History”

July 11, 2015

A friend sent me a link to an article in the NY Daily News about the recent conviction of former Scottsdale resident Tommy Constantine for what the reporters called, “…one of the most shocking scams in sports history.” I only spoke with Constantine once, and he was (for what it’s worth) polite. And I think […]

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Watching Phoenix’s 104: “Propping Up” Light Rail

July 8, 2015

Tom Lane posted an interesting article on his SmartGrowthUSA website this morning about the impending Phoenix vote on Proposition 104, which asks Phoenix voters to tax themselves (along with everyone in Phoenix who doesn’t vote) to fund a $13 BILLION dollar expansion of Valley Metro Rail. The election is August 25th, about six weeks out. […]

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Sunshine Recorder

July 6, 2015

Elizabeth Preston posted a very interesting article last week on the Science Friday Facebook page and website, about the Campbell-Stokes “sunshine recorder” at the Blue Hill Observatory, in Milton, Massachusetts. If we had one of these in AZ right now, I think the chart would look like this:

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The last Vietnam vet on active duty?

June 29, 2015

Great story by James K. Sanborn in the Marine Corps Times yesterday about Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic, US Army, about to retire with 42 years in uniform; and service in Vietnam, Honduras, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Is this Green Beret the last Vietnam Vet on active duty?

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Arizona Beauty

June 29, 2015

One thing for which Arizona never lacks is beautiful scenery. Another is talented photographers to capture it and share with you. AZCentral tweeted this fantastic image this morning. Unfortunately their Arizona365 gallery to which it links does not contain a copy of it, so I can’t give credit to the deserving shooter. But don’t let […]

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City Council Revitalizes McDowell Road?

June 29, 2015

South Scottsdale resident Dana Close penned a letter that was published as a “Special for the Republic” column (also appearing on AZCentral online: “Could South Scottsdale be the next Arcadia?“) a couple of weeks ago in a Wednesday edition. In her column, Ms. Close praised the Scottsdale City Council for their role in “revitalizing” the […]

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Sell the Arena

June 12, 2015

I feel very fortunate that Scottsdale taxpayers can armchair quarterback the Glendale arena deal with the Arizona Coyotes. Scottsdale isn’t without similar bad deals, like millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies to the PGA, SkySong, the Scottsdale Cultural Council, WestWorld, the Museum of the West, the TPC and Sanctuary Golf Courses…but at least we don’t […]

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Coyotes On The Run

June 11, 2015

Last night Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and four other members of the Glendale City Council voided a two-year old contract with the Arizona Coyotes IceArizona organization to occupy and manage Glendale’s Gila River Arena. From Wikipedia: Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh and council members Jamie Aldama, Lauren Tolmachoff, and Bart Turner cited conflict […]

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