The Tempe Tax Santa Claus

December 18, 2014

Thanks to ScottsdaleTrails reader MK for bringing to my attention a couple of recent Tempe Republic stories about pre-Christmas tax abatement gifts to developers. I guess it isn’t enough to give them mere zoning concessions. The first, a column by Robert Robb, refers to a property tax abatement for development on the site of Monti’s restaurant […]

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City Favored Developers Over Residents?

December 17, 2014

Nah, can’t be true! Can it? Scottsdale citizens, does any of this sound familiar? “Character area” plans were meant to reflect a community’s vision for their neighborhoods. But some…residents are saying their feedback on high density and apartments was ignored. I can’t imagine that! Not in Scottsdale! Obviously, if you’ve ever read anything on ScottsdaleTrails […]

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KJZZ Hides Information from IRS, Donors

December 16, 2014

In a follow-up attack piece yesterday on the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA) and the POSA Outreach programs, KJZZ’s Kristena Hansen (ASU Cronkite School grad and former AZ Republic reporter) posted under the salacious headline, “Scottsdale Police Union Defends Big Payouts to Telemarketer“: Instead, the question is really about ethics, said Sandra Miniutti, a […]

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Sonoran Desert Fauna

December 7, 2014

I just stumbled across an old post by Sue Norwood at that is an excellent primer on the fauna of the Sonoran Desert. Since more of us are out enjoying the desert in the cooler weather, I thought this would be a good thing to share. Happy Hiking! (Or trail running, if that’s your […]

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Arizona: The Most Corrupt State in America

December 6, 2014

Matthew Hendley covered  this topic in his recent Phoenix New Times article, “Arizona’s the Most Corrupt State in America, According to Survey.” The survey of reporters was conducted by researchers Oguzhan Dincer and Michael Johnston working under the mantle of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. What Hendley fails to mention is that […]

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Gentrification and Tax Breaks

December 4, 2014

A couple of interesting segments on NPR’s “Marketplace” broadcast yesterday seem to have some applicability to Scottsdale issues: The “York and Fig” story line about gentrification of an older Los Angeles neighborhood strikes a chord. In addition, the story, “Why temporary tax breaks remain temporary,” says of year-end corporate tax break renewals voted on by […]

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City Council Election: Seismic Sniffle

November 20, 2014

“Voice of Scottsdale” reported recently that …the seismic shift in how candidates finished in the Primary Election compared to the General Election was unheralded.  It was like a game of political musical chairs. Jennifer Peterson fell from second to fifth place.  David Smith jumped from fourth to second.  Kathy Little moved from fifth to third.  […]

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Super-Priced Super Bust

November 17, 2014

Two recent articles in the Arizona Republic ponder An inside look at how Arizona won the right to host Super Bowl and How big is the Super Bowl payoff? The answer to the first seems to be (if you read the article) a lot of fancy footwork by the Super Bowl host committee. I think […]

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More Bar District Mayhem

November 16, 2014 relayed this from the Scottsdale Fire Department public information office about an injury incident last night/this morning: Scottsdale Fire paramedics treated and then transported to a trauma facility 2 females that were struck by at least one vehicle while crossing Camelback road around midnight last night. No other injuries to report and a great reminder […]

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The Best That We Can Do? Diane Douglass

November 12, 2014

Is this the best that ‘my’ Republican Party (and Republican voters) can do? From the Phoenix New Times (because the Arizona Republic apparently can’t do any better either): After ducking out on participating in more than a dozen political debates or public forums, Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, was […]

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