I read with interest earlier this week that we have yet another candidate–Eric Luoma–filing to organize a campaign committee for the City Council election this fall. As with several other filings we’ve had so far, it was a name I’d never even heard before and I immediately asked, “Who Are You?” Which brought to mind a song from The Who:
I woke up in a Soho doorway
The policeman knew my name
He said, “You can go sleep at home tonight
If you can get up and walk away”
I staggered back to the underground [think light rail]
The breeze blew back my hair
I remembered throwing punches around
And preachin’ from my chair
So tell me, “Who are you? Who, Who?”
Sounds like a theme song for the downtown Scottsdale “Entertainment District,” which is appropriate considering the current controversy about a Scottsdale City Judge ruling that our city ordinance regarding drunk and disorderly conduct is unenforceable. I should also insert a tangential note about Scottsdale’s fire chief decision to not renew the PMT Ambulance contract, and contrast that against PMT executives’ rather staggering contributions to Mayor Jim Lane’s re-election campaign. But, I digress…
Mr. Luoma looks to be a resident of one of the Waterfront towers, and I have been told he owns the Cactus Flower chain of floral shops. Beyond that, I know nothing of him. He certainly hasn’t spent much time at City Hall.
A couple of other notes on the upcoming campaigns. I saw an campaign ad from Debra K. in the Scottsdale Republic last week in which she advocates CUTTING city council salaries. Wow. Talk about out of touch. She also implies police and fire endorsement. Hmmm.
And then I saw a half-page ad from the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Yes, in the Scottsdale Republic. Another hmmmm. I wonder if we can expect PCoC to be participating in our election campaigns?