August 26th, 2012
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The Scottsdale Activist
We may not be here every
week or even every month, But we have our eyes and ears open for
everything important to the City of Scottsdale residents!!
We have watched our city being led to the proverbial wolves by a
we trusted and fully supported in the last election to take us away from
the mess Mary Manross left us which he promised to do.
along with the
notorious Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
have destroyed the downtown area as we long time residents knew it,
loved it, and we were proud to show it off....
Let's have No more under
Mayor Lane, the
Downtown is nothing more then a bunch of dens
of iniquity, drunks, money changers, hoodlums, gang bangers, and n'er do
wells who don't live or pay taxes in Scottsdale.
The presence of those bar patrons cost the taxpayers of Scottsdale
millions of dollars in clean up and police, fire, and ambulance action
related costs annually.......
This edition will address those items and the overwhelming need to
out of office
by electing those who have been publicly involved and given to the city
for years to keep the "Scottsdale Brand" family oriented and a safe
place to grow up and live!!!
John has been
involved with the city and it's destination for decades and is the best
choice for Mayor in this Primary Election.
Chose 3 of the 4
well qualified, very involved, unencumbered citizens for council seats:
Totally disregard and eliminate
others on the ballot because, in the opinions of many, they all either
have personal agendas, huge self-fed egos, no history of community
involvement, are tied tightly to the notorious Scottsdale Area Chamber
of Commerce, or have been coerced into running to divide the electorate
and to allow Jim Lane and his Cronies to maintain the stranglehold
they have on OUR city!
Table of Contents
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this Table of
you wish to read,
As the owner and publisher of the
Scottsdale Activist which is a solely owned and operated website for
those who care about the city of Scottsdale, it needs to be restated
that we are not sponsored by anyone nor take any money or donations to
keep this website alive. We have a volunteer staff that works on the
Activist as we have time and the availability of solid information.
We have been very lucky to have many
sources deep within the city who give us the "Nitty Gritty" on what's
going on much to the chagrin of the likes of Lane, Richert, Eberhardt,
Padian and others who want everything their way. We write and post this
site at the pleasure and information of our readers which cannot be
found in any publication available in today's screwed up world of bought
and paid for media.
Information we are trying to get more
verifiable information on:
Which city council member reportedly
was involved in a hit and run, was seen and reported by witnesses,
was arrested a short time later for extreme DUI but apparently had
that record expunged and never had to go to court or answer the
Why did David Richert resign? Was it a
personal reason or was there something that went on within the city
that could have got him in dire straits with some others?
What do David Richert, Cindi Eberhardt,
How many on any staff within the
city have been arrested for DUI and have also had their records
Why doesn't City Attorney Bruce
Washburn retire and save the citizens the need to start an
investigation into all of the above by the State or Federal Attorneys
From the words coming from deep inside,
there has been some "hanky panky" going on within a number of
departments and management types and all we have to do is get to the
right people to fully expose the crimes and who supported or suppressed
said crimes if they in fact occurred which we're told they did.
The Scottsdale Leadership program started out as a tool
to educate citizens about how the city runs and to get heavy citizen
involvement. Mayor Herb Drinkwater wanted ALL citizens to have input and
made it his goal to reduce the city input into the process and to allow
the citizens to guide the staff and elected officials. Herb was ALWAYS
available to talk and listen to the citizens whether he agreed with us
Under Mayor Mary Manross, things changed to the degree
that she listened but rarely took any advice she was offered.
Under the secretive Jim Lane Regime, The citizens have
been cut out of the process except the "anointed" few Lane trusts to get
him re-elected or can do something for him, like get him elected to a
County or State office. Lane WILL NOT sit down and discuss anything with
what he apparently regards as "know nothing" citizens who have lived in
the city for decades.
Lane has no real interest in the City of Scottsdale nor
it's citizen but certainly listens to those who want to build bars and
ruin what's left of the downtown area, especially those that can help
him get to a higher County or State office.
Now, Scottsdale Leadership is nothing more then a
taxpayer funded indoctrination by Mayoral, Scottsdale Area Chamber of
Commerce, or other city official
personal invitations to those who own businesses in the bar district, the
Power Brokers, people in power who want to step up to replace those whom
are either fired, term limited out or asked to leave.
Many local hotels warn their international and out of
town visitors that the downtown area isn't the safest place after 6 or 7
in the evening because of the bar owners and patrons who couldn't care
less about the city of it's residents.
It's time Scottsdale Leadership was
defunded, defrocked, and taken out of the hands of the power hungry elected PooBahs
who think they know everything (citizens be damned) and have control be returned to the
citizens to be handled as Mayor Drinkwater intended for it to be!!
A special note to Jim Lane
from a former resident of Scottsdale recently returned from the Middle East.................
I supported you when you ran for
Council and then reluctantly supported you when you ran for mayor. Like
a lot of other GIs I’ve seen the results of the way you have conducted
the city’s business in the Middle East. No, I won’t give you my name, in fact I am not
allowed to for security reasons, but these thoughts have crossed my mind
while I’ve been away and watching what is happening at every level of
government back home.
Activities of a Mayor when you are an Elected Mayor:
~ You set the tone for the conduct of daily business. You don't bandy
about the term "transparency" then close the community out of
~ You don’t hole up in your office and expect the world to come to
you. You communicate; you go to the people your talk to everyone
citizens and city employees.
~ You do your own homework and don’t rely on administrative
assistants to interpret concerns and solutions.
~ You don’t forget the citizens who elected you and only listen to
those who contribute big bucks to your “next” campaign and offer you
copious photo ops.
~ You make sure staff listens and respects the
~ You remember that the buck stops at your office. You don't get
huffy when people disagree with you and you don't shut the door when
there are questions you can't answer immediately. You find the answers
~ You make sure that you communicate with all citizens and
businesses, no matter how small, no matter where they live, no matter
what the issue.
~ You make sure that all of your boards and commissions are aware
of and committed to the General Plan, city charter, or whatever document
directs the daily function of government and serving the best interest
of all of the residents.
understand the need to build consensus, not shove things down the
throats of tax payers without so much as a nod to their concerns.
~ You lead,
not your administrative staff or your political advisers, and not just
for photo ops at fundraisers.
Mr. Lane,If you can’t do
all of the above, then you don’t deserve to be elected to the office of Mayor
McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Desert Discovery Center.
We all want it finished, but how are we going to pay as much as $2
billion for it?
We are still working on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and we did
purchase some more land, but there is still more land to be acquired.
And we are nowhere near agreement on where and what and how the Desert
Discovery Center is going to be, what it will look like or even whether
it will be built. Building consensus is not a concern for Mayor Lane.
He has taken no hand in trying to bring all interested parties
together. This was an important point for Lane when he ran in 2008.
*Common sense and affordable traffic solutions.
Lanes lame answer? Build more roundabouts.... now on heavily
traveled roads? Really??
*Synchronized traffic lights, pull-out lanes for trolleys and buses,
right turn lanes at busy intersections.
he sure fell in love with "roundabouts." And while at it, the city shut
down the underused Loloma transit center and they still can’t figure out
what to do as the property sits abandoned. We will finally get a transit
station at SkySong, but how is that to serve the East West Valley Metro
routes on Camelback, Indian
School and Thomas Roads? Apparently, folks coming into Scottsdale to
work on those routes can just stand in the sun or in the "artsy" bus
shelters that don't do much to block the sun in the afternoon...but hey,
they are Public Art.
*Positive and fair business environment.
No. If you
are a big business or a developer the door is always open. If you are a
small business owner, particularly in the southern part of Scottsdale,
there has been no attempt to help promote your businesses or promote the
area as a good place to live and do business. There is no attempt to
reach out to small business owners when they apply for permits and
The City has refused to provide the matching funds program to
small business that they provided for the Downtown businesses for many
years. Those funds helped to improve store fronts improving curb appeal,
help do minor building repairs, and those funds helped to provide advice
on how to promote the business and increase community awareness.
And the "redevelopment area" designation has not been removed from
the area that cast a negative light on the economic viability of the
area. But they will let the businesses unite themselves into and tax
themselves to create improvements. Equity does not exist between Southern
Scottsdale and the Downtown in the minds of the city administrators.
The city closed the Downtown Office that effectively did outreach to
businesses and property owners in the Downtown, Fifth Avenue and Old
Town areas to assist in promotion of the area and special events and
also brought quick response to problems that arose due to code
violations, safety, marketing and tourism and transportation. Is it any
wonder that the entertainment business grew every which way without
tape and bureaucratic roadblocks to business owners, treat businesses
large and small equally and fairly.
deny that "red tape" and so called "bureaucratic roadblocks" were cut
for some businesses. In the Downtown those "cuts" and "roadblocks" were
what helped give us the mess we have today. Some in City Hall tell us
that all of those bars just sort of happened.
When a city decides to fast track businesses and ignore the
policies and procedures that exist as checks and balances which are in
place to protect the whole community, it creates more problems and
increased costs for the whole city.
administrators ignore their responsibilities to review and update
policies and procedures, especially when they are brought home to rest
as profoundly as they have been in the Downtown, they open the door wide
for abuse of public codes and ordinances.
Those reviews and updates should have immediately taken place for
our Liquor License Application Policy and Procedures as things evolved
in the Downtown. Those policies haven’t been reviewed in over 10 years
and oddly enough the Mayor didn't think it warranted review after the
Omnibus Liquor Law Updates in 2010.
There wasn't even a public discussion with the City Attorney's
office on the impact of that Legislation on our city's codes and
ordinances. When citizens requested a discussion they were told it
term "Entertainment District" was brought to the table by the Downtown
Task Force in 2010 city planning staff did not know what the business
owners on the Task Force were talking about or where that "Entertainment
District" was located.
The fact is that the Downtown Plan has no definition for, or
description of what an "Entertainment District" is, or how guidelines
for its development.
revisiting the Downtown Plan to correct that problem the Mayor took on
the little issues, litter, public urination, and noise abatement in
closed door meetings with the individuals involved and never brought
recommended changes to the public hearing process for discussion and
Policies and procedures were ignored and now there is nothing to
provide oversight of the changes made, ordinances amended or programs
proposed. Nothing was put into place to provide opportunities to update
any of the changes to make sure concerns were addressed.
In fact, by bypassing the city's legal boards and commissions
Mayor Lane has left the city vulnerable to legal challenges and
increased liability on the things that have been instituted without due
Appeasement of the bar owners and developers was the main focus of
attention, while giving residents the feeling that they were being
heard. There is a vast difference between hearing and understanding and
the Mayor doesn't get it.
*Again start including residents in the decision-making process as in
There is an
adage "Promises are made to be broken." So it goes full bore with Mayor
Lane. On the one hand we have his efforts in the Downtown, bandages for
the real problem, but, yes, the appearance is that "residents" were
Fact is those residents were hand-selected and even they weren't
allowed to effect real change in the way things have been handled for
redevelopment and economic revitalization either in the Downtown
Character Area, or the surrounding Southern Scottsdale Character Area.
Those two areas will rely on one another for infill development. No
mechanism for resident dialogue has been created. No process of
No person, board, commission, or policies are in place that would
provide for efficient and timely communications with residents and with
developers and business owners.
*Revitalize our Citizen Boards and Commissions, include everyone and
exclude no one.
government requires doing "general housekeeping" and that includes
reviewing whether boards, commission, programs and policies are
functioning today as they were intended to function when they were
created. City Council ordered an audit of the boards and commissions
which was helpful. But it pretty much stopped there. Other than making
sure that all of the boards and commissions held to the same working
policies (terms of service, by laws, liaisons, postings, forms of
agendas and minutes) it is still business as usual.
Two bodies were merged to form the new Neighborhood Advisory
Commission, but some of the most important changes that sworn board and
commission members sighted as important were ignored.
The most important of these was/is better communications between
the boards and commissions and council; and boards and commissions
communication with one another. All boards and commissions serve in
advisory capacity to Council key to that is communications.
The Mayor and Council provide boards and commissions with next to know
dialogue. In years past under Drinkwater and Campana, mayor and council
members held dialogues at least once a year on topics of concern to the
community, now there is nothing. It is safe to say that individual board
and commission members meet with, call and email council individually,
but there is no opportunity for a formal group discussion of concerns
from either side.
What is more, there is no opportunity for boards and commissions to
discuss concerns when things overlap. Infill development and the infill
incentive district for example impact several areas of policy:
housing, transportation, neighborhood revitalization (site planning,
pedestrian friendly, landscaping, etc.) and neighborhood safety and
character area development to name a few.
There is no chance for the Planning Commission to dialogue with the
Transportation Commission, the Development Review Board, the
Neighborhood Advisory Commission or the Environmental Quality Advisory
Board to make sure that all of the tenets of the General Plan and the
Character area plans are scrutinized and employed to retain the quality
of life for all residents. This leaves us without implementation for all
of the elements of the General Plan which of course makes it easier for
developers to get zoning amendments.
Board and commission members asked to have such opportunities
included in the work plans created after the Audit. The Mayor said,
during discussion at a City Council meeting, that he only wanted the
boards and commissions to talk to him.
*Actual, written long-term planning and leadership.
If we are
to have "real long-term planning" then the idea of allowing endless
zoning amendments to take place needs to stop. And the attitude of
"cutting through red tape" needs to change. If you have a real, valid,
thoughtful General Plan that lays the guidelines for future development
then you cannot waive those requirements for the whim of every developer
who decides they want to color outside of the lines on the
basics. Developers do have people creative enough to know how to make a
project in compliance.
Our General Plan needs to be citizen driven and leadership must
accept that fact while conducting the business of the people.
Spot development has created costly problems that will take a long
time solve and it does not lend itself to long term economic
*Stop being completely reactive and start creating the future we all
want, not what the privileged few ask for or pay for.
Everything that this Mayor has done has been reactive. There has been no
attempt to provide an orderly process or policies to address the future.
The most glaring things are the creation of the Infill Incentive
District and the failure of the General Plan Update.
Both processes were heavily flawed because the citizen voice was
stifled. No thought was given to a vision of the future. When the voters
defeated the General Plan Update, leadership did not know what to do or
how to do it. And so we wait on the Mayor to figure it out.
*Stop waste, redundancy, and inefficiency in city government.
waste we have seen was the buy-out of employees seeking to retire as the
city downsized staff. Not that those employees weren't due their fair
share, but the exorbitant packages that some walked away with when we
have been in a serious budget crunch, have hurt the city's ability to
compensate current long time employees appropriately.
Loosing numerous long time department heads and middle managers means
that experience and history working in and with the community in an
efficient manner. Every department has seen problems arise that are
repeats of old problems. Problems that this growing community had met
and solved, but now must figure out how to address efficiently and
effectively again with fewer people with experience.
One would think that with the financial mess of 2008 that the
mayor would have had a comprehensive plan in place to guide all
departments and city programs rather than the "Big Budget Bust-up" that
goes on for months every year and gives little idea of what the heck to
*Rigorous, regular and open reviews of all city programs, departments
and top employees including the Mayor’s Office.
words, but this has not happened and won't happen without the previously
Scottsdale brand is determined by ALL of the citizens and protecting it
is the responsibility of ALL citizens.
interest group or individual should be allowed to alter that brand and
the vision that created. These are things established by the community
Vision set forth in the General Plan. Every decision that the Mayor and
individual council members make should, and must, be based upon
comprehension of the brand and the General Plan and the Visioning
process that created it.
Not SoSco, as suggested by the Notorious Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. How insulting
and stupid is that?
It is not so hard to do. Just read the document.
*Open, honest government; widespread citizen involvement; fair business
rules and practices; strong guardian of taxpayers’ hard-earned money;
respect for every resident; unify competing interests for the benefit of
Words, noble and politically correct, but there is little to show
of solid worth, for the last four years of Mayor Lane's leadership(?).
The Downtown problems haven't been solved for the long term. The
redevelopment has not been addressed. Big residential projects are good,
but there is nothing else to show following the McDowell Corridor Task
No neighborhood revitalization efforts, infrastructure upgrades are
incomplete (some hanging fire since the 2000 bond), no help for small
businesses that have struggled and remained opened for almost 10 years,
no efforts to promote the neighborhoods around SkySong as a good place
to live and do business, no outreach to residents to address their
neighborhood concerns and ideas for improvement.
What we have is a Mayor who has turned his back
on the people who worked so hard to elect him.
A Mayor who has totally ignored his promises to
make sure that the citizen voice was heard as an important part of
redevelopment and economic revitalization.
What we have is a Mayor who has stepped away from
the people and the promises he made for transparency in government.
A Mayor who has capitulated to special interests
and quick fix schemes.
can and MUST do better for the "Scottsdale Brand"!!!
city-wide organization advocating for smart land use, the Coalition of
I have been a small business owner in the
McDowell/Scottsdale Road corridors for over 20 years and this guy Luoma
had never been on the radar. Just because his mom and dad own a florist
shop in north Scottsdale and
he was a member of the Scottsdale Leadership program run by
the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce does not endear him to those of us
who have worked just as hard as his parents to keep our businesses and
the city going.
Besides that, there isn't one of my neighbors who has had him knock
on the door and talk about what concerns they have and find out how he
is willing to protect our mature neighborhoods.
None of the things that he has been involved in or speaks out about
have anything to do with neighborhoods, quality housing, workforce
housing, the City's Housing Strategy, the
Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan, the Downtown Character Area Plan, the
Airpark Character Area Plan, the General Plan or the long term economic
revitalization of the McDowell/ Scottsdale Road Corridors.
But hey, he is a Charro and he sits on the Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club
(for whatever that’s worth to the residents and taxpayers)
Except for his love of the "infill incentive district" that is
allowing taller and more massive buildings to built on our borders with
the Downtown and his love for the “entertainment district” that is
defined no where in city planning language. Yep this guy is following in
lock step with the Chamber of Commerce, the developers, Kidder, and
Korte and all those who take direction from the Chamber Executive Board.
Oh, and he claims to advocate for City of Scottsdale Fire & EMS
Committee (Is he one of those who let that fire station on our northern
border sit there for two or three years in a mobile building infested
with rats that the County Health Department said had to shut down? The
same station where fire trucks have no garage and sit in the sun and the
dust storms and equipment has to be replaced long before the normal due
dates? Way to advocate Mr. Luoma.)
He has served on the Greater Phoenix Boys & Girls Club Executive
Council. Does he know that Scottsdale does
have the Greater Scottsdale Boys
& Girls Club and they can sure use volunteers, too?
Where is Louma's support for the Scottsdale home grown Boys and Girls
Mr. Louma, come down to our southern neighborhoods and get to know
us. We aren't as fancy as the neighborhood you grew up in, but we are
real people working every day and trying to help our neighborhoods stay
safe and our help our fellow businessmen and women continue to function.
We are not
the first ones to say it, but dang do we kinda miss Mary Manross just a
little tiny bit. Did we really just say that???
The sense of loss set in almost as soon as Lane finished taking the
oath of office.
When we elected Jim Lane
we didn’t realize that we installed the ORANGE Coalition and the
Goldwater Institute in the Mayor’s, office too.
The Goldwater Institute is fairly well known, but what is the
ORANGE Coalition? Well this is taken from their website:
To protect the rights of private property owners, including commercial,
residential and business property owners as well as farmers, ranchers
and other land owners.
To proactively promote public policies and laws that support protection
of private property rights through education and advocacy.
(Especially the rights of developers)
The ORANGE Coalition will engage the public when local government
encroaches on private property rights, including misuse of eminent
domain. The Coalition will inform and educate citizens to:
Oppose Abusive Condemnation Practices
(except when it pertains to Scottsdale's mature single family
Advance the Public Interest
(as defined by the Chamber Commerce and the development community)
Protect Private Property Rights
(again, as determined by the development community and the Office of
You may see Mayor Lane with his handlers Ray Torres (the Orange Coalition)
and Steve Twist (a founder of the Goldwater Institute and Vice President
and General Counsel for Services Group of America,
privately-held corporation with industry-leading companies in
food-service, real estate and other services) and (yep, his son is the
Mayor's administrative assistant) close at hand.
This gives you an idea as to how the Downtown problems were allowed
to grow and grow and grow......and this is how Scottsdale
has lost its vision and direction and respect for the quality of life of
all of it’s residents.
Don’t be fooled by all of the talk about economic recovery. There
has been a lot of dirt bought and sold in this city, but we are still
waiting to see bricks and mortar.
Scottsdale Healthcare, Osborn or Shea, nothing yet.
odd that the owner of the property actually picked it up at auction
when his lenders foreclosed and auctioned it off.
your eyes peeled for another round of "Lets move the SRP Sub-station
and build a high-rise luxury condo project. That project started out
to include workforce housing options but we are seeing that
commitment drift away according to a recent article written by Brian
Kearney, a strong supporter of Mayor Jim Lane and former executive
director of the Chamber of Commerce Virginia Korte.
Mr. Brian Kearney, of the development company that has proposed
BlueSky wrote a truly mean spirited article casting Baby Boomers as
As we see it, Mr. Kearney reminds us of the 3 monkeys.
Even more important is that he is now casting this project, that
was approved by the Planning Commission and City Council as having
"workforce family" options that could accommodate "fire fighters,
teachers, secretary's, medical workers and police officers". And as
having "monthly rents that are exceeding that of a typical mortgage
payment, (for folks who will have) income levels that will undoubtedly
exceed median or average income levels in the community) states that his
apartments are geared for "Gen Y" members, who are more involved in the
community than anytime since the 1940's."
Well, please produce those Gen Y'ers right now. Those that
volunteer where needed, not those who volunteer where it is politically
expedient and a good way to promote their businesses. Scottsdale
Leadership trains many of those folks and they are geared to
volunteering as a way to promote their businesses and to change the city
to the way the Power Brokers want it, Gee, does greed and selfishness
ring a bell here???
Oh, and by the way Mayor Lane, you lied to the Housing Board during
two presentation in 2010 and 2011 because we asked and you assured us
that there would be affordable workforce housing options available at
BlueSky. You even promised to provide funding for a period of 15 years
for housing programs such as emergency repairs and senior housing
adaptations for low income seniors living on fixed incomes. Apparently
the Planning Commission and the Council majority thought Public Art was
more important because that is where the money went.
These are not the folks who know all Scottsdale,
understand all of Scottsdale's neighborhoods and all of the needs of the community. They don't
get down and dirty building, cleaning up or offering a helping hand to
someone who needs food right now, a bath and clean clothes, or just
plain water on a very hot day.
If Mr. Kearney's intent was to promote apartment living then he
should take a look at the subject of "aging in place." That of course
would mean that he would have to understand the Character Area Planning
of Scottsdale and the needs of the Boomer generation he so denigrates in
his Scottsdale Republic article of August 11, 2012.
Don't look for the article on line, because they don't publish "My Turn"
Small businesses popping up in our Downtown continue to be bars. We
tear down bars to build.... more bars. I refer you to the new Triyar
project at Indian
Plaza. Les Corieri and Shawn Yari tore down Myst and Suede to build the
Beach Club. They assemble that whole area parcel by parcel buying some
up by paying the outstanding taxes. It is legal. Is it ethical or is it
being a civic mined Gen Y’er citizen with the best interest of all
residents at heart? We think not: Again, outright greed and selfishness
This is not long term revitalization....bars last a couple of years
and then they need a new concept, something new to draw the crowd
because the crowds and their money, drugs, and gang bangers move on
Our art galleries in the downtown are suffering thanks to the bars,
and no effort being put into how the two could be compatible in the
future. Our arts district has been treated like the red headed stepchild
when it was the art district that was the primary draw for decades.
There have been zoning amendments that have gone with the buying
and selling of the dirt. What one developer has proposed doesn’t mean a
new owner will has to build it. The project may meet the zoning
requirements, but have a different site plan, more intense massing of
buildings, different landscaping and different use.
Remember that Mayor Lane
had a chance to protect our quality of life and approve an ordinance
stating that "zoning goes with the project and not the dirt" and if the
developer did not start construction with in two years the zoning
reverted back to the original designation. If the developer sold the
property the zoning amendments did not automatically go to the new
owner. The new owner would have to reapply with his proposed project.
Mayor Jim Lane
flatly refused to do even consider that language.
Lane then underscored his disregard for neighborhoods and the
Downtown and Southern
Scottsdale Character Area Plans by enthusiastically supporting the
Infill Incentive District zoning that was rammed through Council in July
This Infill Incentive District is apt to happen in the Bell Road
Corridor, the Shea Corridor and the McDowell/Scottsdale Road Corridors.
There is nothing on the books to disallow it and in fact one rezoning
has already take place outside of the Downtown Planning Area where the
IID was to have been confined.
REFUSES to entertain language that would keep the IID from being used
The Planning Commission? What is up with that?
If any of the boards and commissions should be scrutinized
carefully it is the Planning Commission and lately that seems to be more
Commissioners Erik Filsinger (the commissioner who said the
citizens voting to defeat the General Plan Update did not know what they
were doing) and Chairman of the Planning Commission, Michael D'Andrea,
have had to recuse themselves from deliberations on projects before the
Planning Commission because "they work for the developer."
Yes good people of Scottsdale,
this is why many question the wisdom of having only architects,
engineers, builders and developers on the Planning Commission. It never
used to be that way until we got into this "spot development" situation.
late Mayor Herb Drinkwater's oft spoken words and his choices for
appointment, you know that the voice of the people is very important on
the Planning Commission.
This is why he worked on creating a commission to deal with all
things pertaining to neighborhoods, from code enforcement and property
maintenance and rehab and remodels, to impacts of infill development on
mature neighborhoods throughout the city.
For the last 8 years we have had Councils that completely ignore
these things and the voice of the neighbors. This is not just impacting
southern Scottsdale and
the far north but it will be coming to an area close to McCormick Ranch
Thanks to the current Mayor everything is a crap shoot. Instant economic
recovery (which isn't happening) is all he cares about. He does not
care about your quality of life or long range economic vitality.
the requirements to serve on the Planning Commission are not addressed
with more equanimity residents and neighborhoods can kiss it all
including the "Scottsdale Brand" good-bye.
got a little aggravated at me at the North Scottsdale Chamber
of Commerce debate Wednesday at Grayhawk. His hot button is apparently
the budget. He’s a former CPA, so it SHOULD be a hot button for him.
constantly about bringing a more business-like approach to city
government. Ironically, I got dressed down by one of his supporters last
week for saying something just like that, and this fellow said,
Anyone who says they
want to run the city like a business would soon find themselves in jail.
biggest objection seems to be my observation that we have an $8 million
deficit. Jim has never actually SAID we don’t have a deficit. He has
SAID we have a “balanced budget.” More on that choice of words in a
Deficits occur when a
government’s expenditures exceed the revenue that it generates.
budget presentation by the City Treasurer on June 5, the difference
between planned expenditures ($250.3 million) and projected revenue
($242 million) is about $8 million. I happen to believe the revenue
projections are irresponsibly optimistic and the actual deficit will
wind up being larger, but that’s another subject.
also taken me to task for my concerns about the city’s debt. He doesn’t
disagree with the number, but he says that most of the debt is from
voter-approved bonds. Does that make it any less of a debt?
definition (again from Wikipedia) of debt also brings to light another
The meaning of
‘deficit’ differs from that of ‘debt’, which is an accumulation of
“Accumulation of yearly deficits,” has an ominous ring to it. And at the
Wednesday night forum hosted by the Scottsdale Area
Association of Realtors, Jim actually said, “We don’t have a sustainable
budget.” I’m not sure how he reconciles that against his previous
statements that we don’t have a deficit, however.
point of “Deficit” vs. “Balanced Budget,” I believe that there’s been
some nuance applied to this argument. We have “balanced” the budget by
transferring money out of reserves and into the General Fund account to
cover the deficit. However, that does NOT mean we do NOT have a deficit!
keep this up until we run out of reserves, we are eventually going to
have to increase revenue (not likely in the near future), borrow to make
up the difference, raise taxes, and/or cut services.
line: This year’s budget is $7 million more than last year, and it
includes an $8 million deficit which will add to a $1.3 billion debt.
Editors Note: John Washington is the ONLY viable candidate
for Mayor in the opinion of many!
We have been pummeled by emails and phone calls
asking why we hadn’t been putting out the Scottsdale Activist for a
The answer(s) is really very simple:
Because of some of our staff have moved out of the
city because of their total disappointment in the totally wrong
direction of Scottsdale city government, or took jobs elsewhere to
better support their families, our staff has diminished accordingly. A
few of us are still working 40 and 50 hour weeks to keep our heads above
water economically which makes it hard to put in another 40 to 100 hours
for every edition that we put out for you to get caught up with the
closed door decisions.
For others, because of a demanded necessity for far
more involvement (voluntary) in the city to try to stop the train wreck
brought on by Mary Manross and now doubly troubling problems, very
questionable changes, and erroneous decisions by Mayor Jim Lane where he
has turned 180o away from his campaign promises, they are
very busy too. Biggest problem is Mayor Jim Lane and his majority
cohorts on the city council controlled by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of
Commerce, plus a city management staff that has zero knowledge or caring
for our rich city history. So, for personal reasons, we had to allocate
our time differently.
With the city now in the throes of a possible
dictatorship by a group seen as an uncontrollable few with ulterior
motives, it became necessary to bring the Scottsdale Activist back as
often as we can but with no particular schedule. Also the now desperate
need to expose the far less then open city government Mayor Jim Lane
promised, and the total takeover and rolling over of the city laws and
ordinances without a public vote by our city council, city management
team(?), and city legal department, we need to be back in the fight to
save the city of Scottsdale from those that would destroy Scottsdale as
we know it if at all possible.
Some of you may not like the harsh tenor the Activist
will now take but someone has to do something to stop the inevitable
train wreck we see looming in the immediate future if we and the
voters don’t make the changes necessary to stop the raping,
pillaging, and destruction of the city.
We also would like to point out other on-line
publications that have seen the problems and deserve attention too. When
you have this many in opposition to the Mayor and city government,
something has gone terribly wrong with the system.
The new mayor has to be someone we as everyday
residents and property owners can openly relate to and have access to
any time it be deemed necessary to do so by us.
We need to make sure that money doesn’t buy the
office of Mayor this time under any condition by watching closely who
makes the contributions. Many of Jim Lanes contributions have apparently
come from city commercial property owners or those with an interest in
coming city ordinances which if passed will help fill their financial
That person needs to be honest, not self-serving, and
must care more about the city then the office he/she holds. No one will
ever be another Herb Drinkwater, but they must encompass his ideals.
That person needs to be divorced from any and all
developers, and all campaign contributions need to be vetted to make
sure there is no conflict of interest from those with money who can be
"helped" by the contribution; i.e. someone owning property on McDowell
or Scottsdale Road, or the owner of a privately owned public service
utility, emergency organization, or companies making a major donation to
a separate PAC or the candidate to gain favor with the candidates.
He must be someone who understands that there is
always an open invitation to, and therefore attends all citizen
organization meetings possible, discusses city issues honestly when
asked, and is open to give direct answers to questions from attendees at
Have you ever seen former Mayor Mary Manross or
current Mayor Jim Lane regularly attend citizen meetings unless there is
an election coming or a pet project they wanted supported? Rarely if
Mayor Herb Drinkwater certainly did and reveled in
working with peers and constituents alike. Herb would meet you at the
drop of a hat any time anywhere and the city is not that much larger
then it was then, so Mayor Lane has no excuse. Drinkwater met with the
resident property owners, not the power brokers.
How many council members have you ever seen regularly
attend citizen meetings unless there is an election coming or a pet
project they want supported? Rarely if ever with one exception - Bob
Whether it’s a meeting of the Scottsdale Coalition,
The Community Council of Scottsdale, or COGS (Council Of Greater
Scottsdale), and some northern citizen groups, the ONLY elected person
who can be found at any and all meetings of these groups is
Councilman Bob Littlefield!!
The ONLY Mayoral candidate whom you have seen often at city
council meetings and all community citizen meetings and deeply involved
as a citizen in city workings is John Washington.
Let’s face it folks, we are now under the total
control of an out of control Rogue Scottsdale City Council controlled by
council members who are either members of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of
Commerce, totally support the Chamber, or seem to be in bed with
developers and political advisors who advocate for developers. The city
management team Cow-Tows to that same rouge council and mayor, so they
need to be fired immediately after we elect a new council and Mayor.
We also need to make sure we contribute to the
campaigns of Chris Schaffner, Guy Phillips, Joanne "Copper"
Phillips, and Bill Crawford for City
Council (vote for 3 of the 4), and John Washington for Mayor. All five (5) follow the philosophy that Scottsdale needs to return
to being the city we all moved here to raise our children with a
respectable Downtown that caters to families and family businesses.
are against light rail and want to force a full crackdown on the
expansion of density and illegal bar activity in the downtown as well as
the stopping the expansion of commercial areas to North Scottsdale as well as many
other issues the current Rogue Council fails to care about.
All other candidates
are totally tied to the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce or special
interest groups with the appearance of trying to make sure Jim Lane is
re-elected and we cannot allow that to happen!!
.....who made the downtown the "bar district" and the Hell
Hole it has become as directed by Lane, the city council and city legal
department acting like the 3 monkeys; See no Evil, Hear no Evil, and
Speak no Evil? (In the Western world, the above phrase is often used
to refer to those who deal with impropriety by looking the other way,
refusing to acknowledge it, or feigning ignorance.)
......who have allowed the developers and Power Brokers to
trump the neighborhoods and family businesses surrounding the downtown
area by bringing in unwanted and uncontrolled crime, gang bangers,
filth, graffiti, unbearable noise along with the continuing destruction
of what tourists formerly visited Scottsdale to enjoy?
asked City Prosecutors to explain why so many citations for urinating in
public are being waived or dismissed in City Court (they used to be
enforced until recently)?
Since when is the area where the bars are located
called the "Entertainment District" when that area has never been given
that designation in the General Plan or the Downtown Character Area
......who have destroyed the Downtown retail and Gallery
District piece by piece where the tourists formerly stayed in local
hotels and spend their money instead of having gang bangers and unruly
boozers coming from outside the city to party and in the process
denigrate the city, then leave a mess in their wake?
......who chose the addition of a plethora of bars over family
oriented business knowing full well that the life of a bar is 5 years at
the most, while family businesses when supported by the city and tourism
live far longer with some lasting as long as 30 to 40 years?
Why hasn’t Mayor Lane
ordered a review of our liquor license application policies and
procedures for updates since the process has been updated in over 15
What will Mayor Lane
and his cohorts do when there is a shooting in the bar district as
happened in Tempe? ……..Or a murder which must be in the foreseeable
future per many law enforcement agencies because of the way the Bar
District is attracting the most undesirable of humans, who are
deteriorating the ambiance and family oriented attitude of the Downtown
......who blindly(?) allowed City Manager Richert to reduce
the payroll and budget for the Police Department that has now lost over
17 officers with more to leave due to a very unsatisfactory and possibly
unsafe employment situation while Richert hired 5 new people with
questionable qualifications for a total of about a $1,000,000 per year
to a totally unnecessary department in this economy?
......who have allowed City Manager Richert and his
unqualified(?) or under qualified puppet Connie Padian to run roughshod
over the historically in-place northern city zoning and building rules,
stiff NAOS regulations, and allowable tree, shrub, and plant ordinances?
......who have literally used City Attorney Bruce Washburn and
the city legal department to totally disregard and dodge many city laws
and ordinances through bogus or unique "legal opinions"?
Wasn’t it Mayor Jim Lane
who campaigned and won by a slim margin (a little over 400 ballots) on
the theme that Mayor Manross was destroying the city and that he would
reverse those actions and bring back the family oriented and
internationally renowned Scottsdale of Mayor Herb Drinkwater?
that Mayor Jim Lane has totally slammed a nonsensical hammer over the
head of, and then slapped the faces of those who supported him in a very
minuscule victory over Mary Manross doesn’t it?
Do we really want to have this Turn-Coat and his
for yet another disastrous 4 tax ridden years?
We thought it was very interesting and
extremely enlightening to find who the co-chairs for the Jim Lane for
Mayor Election Committee were and what they own or who they are
associated with in the city, city government, the Scottsdale Area
Chamber of Commerce, or Rick Kidder and Virginia Korte, don’t you?
Could it be that many individuals and
companies below are possibly members of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of
Commerce which Councilman Jim Lane railed heavily and often against
before he drank the Kool Aid after being elected Mayor?
It would be very interesting to see how
many people of companies below have contributed to Lane’s current $130,000
dollar election war chest wouldn’t it?
Wouldn’t it also be interesting to know how
many listed below contributed to only Lane’s campaign or how many might
get political favors or zoning preferences for donating based upon their
How many conflicts of interest could one
surmise could possibly exist based upon the list below?
We won’t know unless Lane gets re-elected
will we? Of course and unless that happens before the election? Or if
Lane doesn’t get elected? We may then never know will we?
Here is a supposed
list of the Lane for Re-Election Co-Chairs as we were told exist of
Co-founder and managing partner of The
Molera Alvarez Group (MAG) a business development and consulting
firm specializing in government affairs, public relations and
community outreach. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Developer based in Scottsdale: Desert
Highland's; Desert Mountain; Superstition Mountain; and The Reserve:
Eco Resort; and other developments in New Mexico and Hawaii as well
as Loch Loman Golf Club in Scotland which ran into financial
difficulties and they divested. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Owner Upperdeck Sports Bar and Grill;
owner Club Tropican (Papago Plaza McDowell and Scottsdale Rds.- Type
(genre):Bar, Dance Club, Live Music, Outdoors / Patio, Special
Events. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Music: Latin, Reggaeton, Bachata,
Merengue, Rock en Espanol, Salsa
Inside Info: Status: Open
Restaurant broker for 3 DOWNTOWN
Scottsdale restaurants with liquor licenses. Scottsdale Area Chamber
Development & Acquisition P.B. Bell has
developed over 2,500 apartment units in 15 communities in the
greater Phoenix area. Four P.B. Bell communities including
Reflections at Gila Springs, High Desert Village, Desert Parks Vista
at DC Ranch and most recently Ashton Pointe have won Arizona
Multi-housing awards for best development project over a multi-year
period. In addition, High Desert Village won the prestigious NAA
Paragon award for best garden style community developed nationwide
in 2001. Chuparosas Luxury Apartments was the recipient of The City
of Chandler's architectural award in 2007.
Led by CEO Philip Bell and President
Chapin Bell, the development and acquisition division directs all
service as it pertains to these two areas. Philip and Chapin oversee
the planning and execution of all acquisitions, new development and
rehabilitation projects. Their vast array of services includes
market analysis, pro forma development, financial analysis, project
design, entitlement process coordination and project construction
P.B. Bell's continued success in
development led to the birth of sister company MT Builders, formed
in 1995 with Michael Tarver and Philip Bell as principals. CEO Mike
Tarver and many of the staff members have more than 30 years of
experience in the Arizona construction industry and have completed
over $500 million of construction work. MT Builders
provides exceptional general contracting, construction management,
and design-build services for multi-family and senior living
communities, retail centers, churches, schools, and
MT Builders is recognized as one of
Arizona's top contracting companies. They have been included
multiple times in the Phoenix Business Journal's list of top
commercial contractors, the ACE Awards for the largest privately
owned companies in Arizona, and Ranking Arizona's list for best
multi-family builders. In addition, several of the projects they
have built are recipients of local and national awards. Scottsdale
Area Chamber member?
Speaks for itself. Pres. AZ Cardinals
and Immediate Past Pres. of Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Executive Director, Arizona-New Mexico
Cable Communications Association, owner of Technical Solutions
public relations consulting who has worked closely with many
businesses, builders and land owners in the Bar district and the
downtown Scottsdale area. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Owner Diamondback Drugs and candidate
for state Legislature, Dist. 8
Co-founder of the BASIS Scottsdale and
BASIS Tucson charter schools.
President of Sun West Holdings, father
of Todd Borowsky (Bar district bar owner) and Scottsdale City
Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky.
Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Pres. and CEO of the Greater Phoenix
Founder and chairman of the board, DMB
master planned community developers: One Scottsdale, Silverleaf, DC
Ranch, Center Pointe on Mill, Superstition Springs, Verrado, Power
Ranch. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Founding partner Titus, Brueckner &
Levine, PLC; several positions on Board of Scottsdale Chamber of
Exec. VP of Mutual of Omaha Bank,
founding member Museum of the West. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Founder and CEO of Growth Nation,
international marketing, Scottsdale Sister Cities, World Affairs
Council, Scottsdale Cultural Council. Scottsdale Area Chamber
Stock broker with UBS Global Asset
Management - Swiss Global financial service company, Basel and
Zurich home offices.
Kelly and Charlie Byxbee,
Principals in McDowell Windgate Holding
LLC recently purchased at auction state trust land at Bell Road and
Thompson Peak Parkway to complete development of Windgate Crossing
area. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Former Scottsdale Mayor
Owns and/or co-owns Axis Cigar Bar,
Myst, Suede, RnR, The Mint. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Susan and Don Cogman,
Chairman of PulsePoint Group, public
affairs and crisis issues management; vice chair Scottsdale Cultural
Council. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Investor at Global Cabling Concepts
(venture capital & private equity)
President and managing director of
Scottsdale Plaza Resort, LLC.
Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Arizona Foothills Magazine, President
President of Mario E. Diaz &
Associates, full-service government and public relations firm that
serves a client base of political candidates, government entities,
corporations, non-profit and labor organizations
Intergovernmental rep Salt River
Co-founded Olley Trolley. Scottsdale
Area Chamber member?
Olley Trolley owner. Scottsdale Area
Invested in many investment considered
failures of many to the best of our knowledge, Skysong, Westgate,
Coyotes and others.
Maricopa County Finance Manager
President of Integrated Web Strategies
Real estate development, investments,
(bought Scott Toyota property got rezoning; done nothing yet)
Glasser owns properties up and down
McDowell Road (and the downtown area, too).
Gets rezoning and then sits on the
Properties owned: Scott Toyota site at
6850 E. McDowell Rd.; old El Camino Theatre site on Scottsdale Rd.
and others. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Commercial real estate management and
development Scottsdale.ax Fose, Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Attorney, Tucson, Arizona
Barry Goldwater, Jr.,
Chairman of the Board Studio One Media,
Inc. general entertainment
Swiss Consul for Arizona, real estate
Chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies
(developers[?] of SkySong). Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
President and CEO, Jim Hayden &
Associates; past positions Regional Vice President at Rural/Metro
Corporation; Regional vice President Southwest Ambulance.
Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Executive Vice President Arizona
Retired lawyer (resident of Paradise
City councilwoman, owner of frame shop
in Scottsdale, member of the Scottsdale Area Chamber?
CEO of Phoenix Woman Magazine
Mayor of the Town of Paradise Valley
Owner of Paradise Valley Property
Retired Vice President of Johnson Bank
and Treasurer for Lanes 2008 election campaign.
Attorney; member of Scottsdale
Silverado Golf Club, a public/private partnership with the City of
Scottsdale. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Cora and Paul Messinger,
owner Messinger's Mortuary. Scottsdale
Area Chamber member?
Vice President of Sales for Powerchalk
Former state School Superintendent,
found member of Alvarez Molera (see first name on list)
Former chief of staff for John Shadegg
Associate partner at Kyle Moyer &
Company, corporate and political consultants. Scottsdale Area
Chairman and CEO Mesa Air Group, Inc.
President Riesen & Company,
investments. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Scottsdale City councilman, owner of
Midas Muffler shops, and Scottsdale Area Chamber member
Attorney; President of Rose Law Group.
Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
President of Rose + Moser + Allyn
Public and Online Relations, political consultants, reportedly for
Jim Lane. Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
CEO Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale
Area Chamber member?
Former Congressman; attorney, lobbyist
CEO of Ground Up Development,
(Scottsdale Waterfront). Scottsdale Area Chamber member?
Former Congressman; Senior Fellow at
Former Pres. of Phoenix Fire Fighters
Union; lobbyist; and a boat load more this one needs more
Phoenix International Raceway President
Bryan R. Sperber has been named as the No. 7 power broker by MVP
Magazine in the second annual list of Top 30 Power Brokers in the
Valley’s sports market
President, Torres & Associates, LLC,
boutique business consulting, technology, and communication
solutions firm to small to med-size companies. Scottsdale Area
Father of Lane's chief of staff, J. P.
Twist; VP and General Counsel at Services Group of America, Inc.,
Phoenix, Arizona Area Food & Beverages industry; He is a founder of
the Goldwater Institute, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, and the
Arizona Economic Forum. He served as a member of the State Board for
Charter Schools, also serving as its President, and the Arizona
Juvenile Justice Commission, both gubernatorial appointments. He
serves on the board of two charter schools, Basis, with schools in
Tucson and Scottsdale, and e-cademie, a school operated by the
Goodwill of Central Arizona.
Pres. Arizona Business Aviation
Association; General manager Scottsdale AirCenter (aeronautical
services: fueling, chartering and maintenance. Scottsdale Area
Russell Pearce's political consultant;
Summit Consulting; runs Arpaio's re-election campaign.
Development Director Goldwater
Institute; political consultant
This article IS NOT and indictment or any indication that
ANY of these Citizen donors or Co-Chairs of or to Jim
Lane's Re-Election Committee has or will ever do anything wrong, just
merely information as to who is supporting Jim Lane for mayor and if
there could possibly be even the slightest chance for Jim Lane to
consider any remuneration of any kind because of their help or
It is up to you, the reader, to decide if a conflict of
~Is the Scottsdale Republic Using
Greetings Arizona Republic Management:
I have been holding out hope the Scottsdale Republic was serving the
best interest of the public by reporting relevant news in a timely
fashion. My hope has been seriously compromised.
As we all know, the issues in Scottsdale's bar district are relevant,
especially in the upcoming election. Your Scottsdale Republic called the
issue "The story of the year" for 2011.
It is a stunning and deplorable act of selective reporting and
politically motivated, slanted journalism, that your Scottsdale editor
would deliberately withhold a story by Edward Gately on code violations
in the bar district until after the August 28th election.
This story has been ready for print for two weeks. The story (now
watered down) reportedly details examples of blatant code violations by
Scottsdale bars that have been trivialized or ignored by city elected
officials and city staff. This is news that should be digested by voters
prior to the election.
Is it true that a certain PR firm, who just so happens to represent
incumbent elected officials in Scottsdale and bar owners, has enough
control over the Scottsdale Republic Editor to be able to have this
This is a serious betrayal of your journalistic responsibilities to the
public. Hopefully the upper management is unaware of this and will want
to correct this misstep and do what is right.
Therefore, I respectfully request you make this story immediately
available to your readers either on-line through
www.azcentral.com or in the
pages of the Arizona Republic State and Local edition Monday, August
27th of Tuesday, August 28th.
Let's see if you will do the right thing if given the opportunity to
Bill Crawford (602) 576-6797
President of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale's Quality
of Life and candidate for Scottsdale City Council, 2012
Stand up Scottsdale residents
and protect our community. Vote for the only four candidates for Mayor
and City Council who will protect our quality of life and low-density,
western character. Citizens from all parts of Scottsdalehave
come together in support of John Washington for Mayor and Guy Phillips,
Chris Schaffner and Joanne “Copper” Phillips for Council. These
candidates encourage growth that follows the rules of our
citizen-created General Plan for land usage and that brings long-term
prosperity to us all. They do NOT support high-rise, high-density
development that only puts cash in the pockets of build-it-and-run
These are the only candidates with proven track
records of working to keep our city unique and special as a premier
tourist destination and as our chosen place to live. Don’t divide your
vote! We must stand together and elect Washington, Phillips, Schaffner
and Phillips to keep our beautiful City special.
Why is our Planning Commission only made up of architects,
developers, engineers and construction people? Other communities across
the country include neighborhood leaders, small business owners, members
of HOA’s and just plain residents who know about and care about their
neighborhood and the community at large? I am a college student home
for the summer and studying city government policies and procedures. I
am working towards a degree in urban planning and Scottsdale seems
to be so out of step with other growing cities of comparable size?
I am one of those 20 something’s who travel from the wet Valley to
enjoy the nightlife in Scottsdale
There are lots of places that serve good food and some have fairly good
entertainment. BUT........I am sorry to say that while I used to feel
safe while visiting your town I don't feel that way anymore.
Don't get me wrong there are plenty of police officers on the
streets but they can only do so much. For example a couple of weeks ago
the pedi-cab we were riding in ran up a curb and almost dumped my
friends and I into the street where cars were going by. I am telling you
this because nobody else seems to care.
When some other friends were involved in an incident where the pin
that holds the cab seats to the bicycle was "accidentally removed"
(accidentally?), along with the seats tilting backwards sending my
friends scrambling, there was almost a brawl between two different pedi-cab
drivers. Why can't your city register these vehicles, at least, and why
don't you have requirements for safety?
My friends and I spend a couple of hundred dollars a night on
drinks and food. It would be nice to know
Like all of you I am concerned that the current
majority on the Scottsdale City Council is taking our city in the wrong
direction. While I will continue to fight to preserve Scottsdale’s high
quality of life and economic vitality I am pretty much a minority of one
at this point on the Council and I need your help.
The only way to fix this problem is to change the
membership of the City Council in the upcoming elections. Fortunately,
we already have two resident-friendly candidates in the race, Guy
Phillips, Chris Schaffner and "Copper" Phillips. Electing them to the Scottsdale
City Council will go a long way to getting our city back on the right
track and I support them both wholeheartedly.
Unfortunately, as resident-friendly candidates,
Guy, Chris and "Copper" will be facing a Tsunami of special-interest
money, not to mention the opposition of our local establishment
newsletter posing as a newspaper. That means we are going to have to
work hard to help them be elected, and at this stage of the campaign
that means contributing money to their campaigns.
While a candidate does not need to have the most
money to win, they do need to have enough money to get their message out
to a very large number of potential voters.
So, all of us who care about Scottsdale’s future need
to dig deep and send Guy, Chris and "Copper" some money. In this
election cycle contributions are limited to $430 for
individuals, $860 for couples.
Here is the info you need to contribute to their
I know money is tight, but this upcoming election
will probably determine whether Scottsdale stays a special place to live
or becomes just another bland Phoenix suburb. So, please support Guy and
Chris as much as you can.
I will certainly appreciate your help.
Scottsdale City Councilman
A Powerful Voice for The People. A
Champion of The Citizens.
“Scottsdale is at a crossroads. The need
for new leadership and ideas has never been greater. I will protect and
preserve the quality of life we deserve and promote economic vitality
that honors Scottsdale’s heritage and builds a strong future.” – Bill
I am committed to doing what is right
for Scottsdale. I understand Scottsdale’s issues and I am pro-active in
enforcing responsible, open, transparent and efficient city government.
A businessman for over 35 years:
I was recently inducted into the
National Fitness Hall of Fame for my life’s work in health and fitness.
My wife Debbie and I are downtown residents and have been downtown
business owners since 1997.
Strong Public Safety and Law Enforcement
Years of volunteer service in the
Sheriff’s office, search and rescue teams and firefighting. I support
public safety as the number one priority of every municipality.
Knowledgeable and Experienced Community
I have been involved in multiple
community issues resulting in action and change. I am dedicated .I have
invested the time and has a proven track record for getting things done.
Scottsdale Republic’s “2011
Who’s Who”…A key personality for solving problems in the entertainment
Advocate for Neighborhoods and
I am a concerned mediator for the
community, I am not afraid to confront any issue. I am responsive and
proactive towards compatibility issues city-wide. I am the founder and
president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality
Positive City-Wide Vision:
I am a supporter and advocate for local
and new business, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, downtown compatibility,
the McDowell Road revitalization, the Scottsdale Airpark, transportation
improvements, education, tourism, the arts, the equestrian community and
our unique character and lifestyle. I will support our diverse citizenry
with responsible compatible change that will enhance our quality of life
and maintain our valuable 60 year brand.
The choice is clear. Involvement! I lead
by example, not promises. My accomplishments in life indicate what I
will do when elected to the Scottsdale City Council.
As a 35 year business owner, I have
always donated valuable time to community service including the US
Olympic Committee, mountain rescue, volunteer fire fighting chamber
boards, Scottsdale Symphony, Starshine Academy, Council Districts for
Scottsdale, the US Navy, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, The
Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life and more.
I have been a constant in discussions
concerning multiple Scottsdale issues since 1997, and I continue to be
pro-active in community affairs. My actions bring results. I don't just
offer criticism, I bring solutions.
As a community leader and a powerful
voice who has been engaged in a hostile conflict in the bar district, I
am honored to be a champion for citizens, protecting quality of life. As
I continue to shield residents and businesses from undesirable
consequences of incompatible zoning and conditional use permits, I am
unyielding when it comes to maintaining my position on high ground, on
the right side of critical issues, protecting residents, property
values, businesses and jobs city wide.
WHO I AM.....
Scottsdale is a very special place for
me. It’s where my wife, Debbie, and I have lived and worked happily for
over 15 years. But the need for new leadership and ideas has never been
more apparent than now as Scottsdale must work to preserve its quality
of life and to embrace change. While some believe this will be
difficult, I believe it’s imperative we support our diverse citizenry
with responsible change that actually enhances quality of life. This is
why I’m running for Scottsdale City Council and asking for your vote.
For 35 years, I’ve had the privilege to
own and operate my own fitness business. Recently, I was humbled by
induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for my lifelong
contribution to health and fitness. My passion for fitness is equal only
by my desire to give back to community. I have served on The U.S.
Olympic Committee, the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, a volunteer fire
department and multiple civic organizations. I volunteer with the
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse on mounted search and rescue missions
and armed dignitary protection assignments.
Over the past year, as founder and
president of The Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality
of Life, I have advocated for downtown neighborhood residents and
businesses, resulting in improvements to parking, lighting, noise and
littering ordinances and an increase in law enforcement oversight. My
work is not finished, and I need your help.
Your vote to seat me on city council is
extremely important to ensure citizens have a voice to protect and
preserve their quality of life and to promote economic vitality that
honors Scottsdale’s heritage and builds a strong future. I am always
committed to doing what’s right for our city.
WHAT BILL CRAWFORD STANDS FOR:
Character. Honesty, integrity,
conviction, justice, charity, volunteerism and open government.
Public Safety. History in law
enforcement, search and rescue and fire fighting.
Quality of Life. Advocate of fitness,
equestrian and The McDowell Mountain Preserve.
Business. 35 year business owner.
Supporter of tourism, arts and employment opportunities.
Development. Advocate of quality
compatible growth enhancing quality of life.
As a longtime community leader, I have
brought awareness to many Scottsdale issues city wide. Over the years I
have written more published My Turn columns on Scottsdale issues than
anyone. I have influenced action and change from the appointment of a
city treasurer to the McDowell Mountain Preserve and the equestrian
center. I am a powerful voice for residents and businesses. Downtown, in
less than one year as an outsider to city government, I have
New ordinances aimed at
protecting the quality of life we deserve.
permit parking, reduced parking in residential neighborhoods.
anti-urination and defecation ordinance.
enforcement and additional lighting.
Institution of a
noise ordinance, which still needs to be strengthened.
I can accomplish even more with your
vote. My presence on city council is vital to protect and preserve
Scottsdale’s quality of life and
promote business compatible with Scottsdale’s valuable brand. This is a
serious campaign and the stakes are high for Scottsdale. You can help me
with my effort. I have invested the time, dedication and I have the
proven track record for getting things done. Your vote is crucial. Visit
my Website to learn more. May I please have your vote!
........to the Jim
Lane Campaign flier on Neighborhoods and the Scottsdale Republics
Just once it would be nice to know that the
Scottsdale Republic was paying attention to Neighborhoods and the way
the "City was doing the business of the people,” in that regard.
Neighborhoods are of absolutely no importance to Lane even his poorly
designed campaign mailers couldn’t come up with anything positive that
he has done, even referring to the bar district and surrounding
There is no entertainment district in the
General Plan, either by definition or location. It only appears on a
commercially produced tourist map. Those bars have had a negative impact
on the single family residential neighborhoods surrounding the Downtown,
as well as the older multifamily complexes outside of the so called
entertainment/bar district and not just due to the noise factor.
Lane goes on about toughening litter ordinances,
noise ordinances, public urination ordinances and parking permits, but
none of those ordinances and amendments have followed the board and
commission process nor have they gone through the appropriate public
hearing process that allows establishing enforceable ordinances.
That means that there is room for offenders to
challenge the city on citations and fines. We just love to go to court
in this city.
What Lane gave neighborhoods is the “infill incentive district
zoning” for the Downtown that so far has seen high-rise apartment
projects approved for the fringe areas bordering with the Southern
Scottsdale Community Planning Area's residential neighborhoods. And that
can be amended to be used in other parts of Scottsdale.
Some staffers were instructed to keep quiet about
the “IID” unless asked. Public meeting notices were sent to many
addresses in the Villa Monterey Historic Neighborhood area while folks
were on vacation (it was June, 2010). The City chose to use an
antiquated notification system that staff recommended updating 10 years
And wouldn’t you know it. As soon as the Council
passed the Infill Incentive District that night in July 2010, by a 4 – 3
vote with Lane in full support. Jason Rose (a fund raiser for Lane and a
campaign advisor) reached over Nancy Cantor’s shoulder with his business
card so that he could make an appointment for the representative from
Gray Development’s, Scottsdale
and Camelback Roads, BlueSky project, to chat about what they wanted to
We are asking for responsible, respectful long
term economic development.
No more carte blanche for whatever a developer
wants and the residents be damned.
We need a responsible, informed Council and
Mayor, making the decisions impacting our neighborhoods, not developers
and their attorneys. We need a City Attorney that understands our
General Plan and the amending process and doesn’t have to ask the
applicants attorney for interpretation of our General Plan.
From Code Enforcement to infill development we
need more than election year grandstanding. We need commitment to the
existing vision for our neighborhoods stated in the General Plan
The future of
Scottsdale’s economic vitality includes healthy, safe neighborhoods and
a sound General Plan.
Don’t look to Lane for that leadership.
letter is signed by:
Knowlton, 31+ year resident and past member of the Neighborhood
Enhancement Commission, and long time city activist who deeply cares
Campodallorto, Born and raised in Scottsdale, and past Chairman of the Housing
Board (two terms) and Neighborhood Advisory Commission, past member of
the Environmental Quality Advisory Board, past member of the Building
Advisory Board (eight years)who deeply cares about Scottsdale,
Badenoch, Life long Scottsdale
resident, and past member of the Neighborhood Enhancement Commission
(two terms), and
long time city activist who deeply cares about Scottsdale,
Cantor, 57 year resident and past vice chair of the Neighborhood
Enhancement Commission (two terms) and Housing Board (two terms), and
long time city activist who deeply cares about Scottsdale,
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