Water Headache

May 20, 2015

There’s been a lot of good ink devoted lately to the subject of the drought and water crisis in the West. I’ve posted several links and articles in months past, especially by Brandon Loomis at the Republic. I just read a really good new piece by David Owen in The New Yorker that made my […]

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Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Program

May 19, 2015

Lisa Sampson just sent out a note about an “Eats-n-Arts” fundraising event that her non-profit Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP) is having at Malee’s on Main Saturday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Mention “I support SNAP” to your server in order to donate 20% of your bill to SNAP…and hear a live cool jazz combo while […]

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COGS on SUSD

May 18, 2015

This analysis comes to ScottsdaleTrails courtesy of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale. While I have disagreed (sometimes vigorously) with COGS, and in particular the author (former city council candidate Copper Phillips), this appears to be a well-crafted perspective on the current problems within SUSD. However, in my humble opinion, the fourth bullet–declining enrollment–is the most […]

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David Peterson Gets Sent to the Principal’s Office…Yet Again

May 15, 2015

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent David Peterson and his cheerleader-board members (Bonnie Sneed, George Jackson, and recently-elected member Kim Hartmann) have some explaining to do, in light of a report from the Arizona Auditor General released today. That report says, in part: Costs not accurately reported In fiscal year 2012, the District did not always […]

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I Met Denise McCluggage Once

May 10, 2015

Denise McCluggage (January 20, 1927 – May 6, 2015) was an American auto racing driver, journalist, author and photographer. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports and in journalism…and is the only journalist to have been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame Wikipedia   Maximus: You knew […]

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Quote of the Day: Fanatacism

May 9, 2015

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. George Santayana 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher.

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Super Bowl Tax Boost? Not Buying It

May 8, 2015

Peter Corbett’s front page article in today’s Arizona Republic on Super Bowl tax impact is a perfect example of how reading critically can reveal a completely different picture than the headline might suggest. ’15 Super Bowl visitors boosted tax revenue by double digits Sorry, Peter, I’m not buying it. And you gave a really good […]

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The South Side of the Camel

May 5, 2015

One of my favorite road bike rides used to start by heading west on Lafayette, through Arcadia a ways, then north up 56th Street across Camelback Road and up the south side of Camelback Mountain. But that was a while (and a few pounds) ago. I was feeling good today and wanted to do something […]

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Goodbye, Dr. Rodgers…and Good Luck

May 5, 2015

It only took five short days for at least one of the Scottsdale Cultural Council rumors to be borne out: Tim Rodgers, director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (a Cultural Council division), is moving on to greener pastures…which would be about anywhere other than the Scottsdale Cultural Council. I’m surprised that Tim (who […]

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More Cultural Pandering

May 1, 2015

I received an anonymous letter today that reads: What’s up at the Scottsdale Cultural Council? Noises from the community are echoing similar concerns heard before the last CEO left. New CEO plans include dissolving the division advisory boards, demoting division VPs, and remodeling current offices to include his own plush quarters with windows overlooking the […]

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