Voices of Scottsdale



“If Mayor Lane’s political coattails can be measured by his endorsement of Dennis Robbins and Jennifer Petersen, he has a set of short ones.”

Spud
11-15-2014


“I told you so. Bill Crawford’s endorsement of David Smith made the difference.”

Marc V.
11-8-2014


“At least we still have a Littlefield on the Council!!!”

Pete G.
11-7-2014


“As a city employee in an unnamed department, I couldn’t be more disappointed that David Smith has been elected to the city council. He’s notorious for being the most anti-employee charter officer our city has ever had. Absolutely amazing!”

Name Withheld
11-5-2014


“What happened to Jennifer Petersen, anyway? Free falling from second place in the August election to fifth place in the November one has to be some kind of record in Scottsdale. She should have stuck with serving on the SUSD Governing Board.”

Anonymous
11-5-2014


“At least the school district’s override passed. I hope they spend the money the way they promised us.”

Bumble Bee
11-5-2014


“I’m going trick or treating dressed as Bob Littlefield.”

Don J.
10-31-2014


“If Councilwoman Linda Milhaven is so bad for Scottsdale, why did she finish first in the August election? She must have been doing something right the last 4 years.”

Debby W.
10-29-2014


“You have your facts wrong in this edition of the
Voice of Scottsdale. The “$300,000 in increases to the Treasury Department (sic) under David (Smith) is untrue. Mr. Smith’s responsibility as the new Treasurer was to organize the department which he did by, in part, transferring 3 employees from the Water Department to the Treasurer’s Department. They were doing finance work in the Water Department but it wasn’t an efficient way of doing business. Their salaries and benefits were transferred from the Water Department to the Treasurer’s Department. There was no increase in the number of people or the amount of money for the Treasurer’s Department or to the taxpayer’s bill for the city budget.”

Sandy S.
10-28-2014


“Polo, anyone?”

Peppe
10-24-2014


“After watching the raw video of the girls fighting downtown, I now understand what’s happening down there on the weekends. While it doesn’t affect my family directly, I think incidents like this are a horrible reflection on what we’ve allowed our city to become. I really don’t understand how our downtown has been permitted to sink so low. This isn’t the same Scottsdale I grew up in.

Frank W.
10-23-2014


“I can’t wait until this election is over so we can get things back to normal. I’m tired of all of the negativity. I’m actually exhausted from it.”

Maddie
10-13-2014


“I think the Robbins-Milhaven-Petersen coalition will be hard to beat.”

Tom K.
10-11-2014


“Bill Crawford’s endorsement of David Smith may be just enough to put Mr. Smith over the top. I think we need his kind of mature decision making on the Council, plus his fiscal responsibility.”

Marc V.
10-10-2014


“For Cindy Hill or Kathy Littlefield to get elected, they have to suppress votes for David Smith. Their strategy asking voters to vote for only them and not waste a third vote is wise. It’s probably Cindy and Kathy’s best chance.”

Debi O.
10-8-2014


“We miss the art galleries downtown. Thursday night Art Walks aren’t what they used to be.”

The Manns
10-5-2014


“If Dan and Travis really only wanted to ‘start a conversation’ about nicknaming southern downtown, they were successful. Unfortunately, everybody I know thinks it’s a joke.”

Carol E.
10-5-2014


“An absolutely great piece in the newspaper about the bar district by Edward Gately. It’s the most comprehensive report I can ever remember about the downtown sex and drugs snake pit. The timing couldn’t be better with the election starting next week.”

Tim R.
10-4-2014


“There’s only one downtown.”

The Old Timer
10-3-2014


“We ought to take Downtown Dan’s nickname away.”

Pat C.
10-2-2014


“Everyone in our office really loved yesterday’s blog, “Why Is Scottsdale So Nickname Happy?” It gave us a good laugh. But it’s sad there are a few people who think they have to give south downtown a name. Does that make it a destination?”

Diana
10-1-2014


“Blue Sky was only blue sky.”

Joyce S.
9-24-2014


“After all of the tough talk from the local police union about how they were going to defeat Linda Milhaven, she not only prevailed – she smoked the competition, including Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill.”

Fred T.
9-24-2014


“The 2014 Scottsdale elections will be remembered as the year that Dark Money ruled. Sad but true!”

Vern K.
9-18-2014


“Kathy Littlefield is no longer in the conversation for the general election. All I hear about in my neighborhood is David Smith, Linda Milhaven and Dennis Robbins.”

Mimi
9-15-2014


“Cindy Hill deserves a lot of credit for making it into the November run-off election. Coming out of virtually nowhere, Ms Hill has distinguished herself in the city council race. I wish more people running for political office embraced her values and had her class.”

Badge 714
9-11-2014


“Don’t count out David Smith.”

Patti
9-8-2014


“I guess Councilwoman Milhaven will pretty much be able to coast to the November 4
th finish line.”

Phil T.
9-3-2014


“From the looks of the primary election returns, seems like there are a lot of people who want more drunks and more apartments in Scottsdale.”

Name Withheld
9-1-2014


“Michael Fernandez is a GOOFBALL who’s going to be responsible for Linda Milhaven being returned to the City Council.”

Vicki O.
8-30-2014


“SoDo? You’ve got to be kidding. It will always be Old Town no matter what goofy name somebody comes up with.”

Mr. Zero
8-27-2014


“Exactly when did COGS turn into the Community Council?”

Trooper Glen
8-25-2014


“My prediction for the August 26th election: 1. Dennis Robbins, 2. Kathy Littlefield 3. David Smith. Michael Auerbach and Cindy Hill won’t make it to the run-off.”

The Oddsmaker
8-24-2014


“I find it amazing that both Guy Phillips and John Washington only endorsed two candidates for city council. Wow, are the other six really that bad. It’s hard to believe.”

Craig T.
8-21-2014


“I’ve never heard of this COGS group before I saw their yellow signs endorsing Kathy Littlefield, David Smith and Bill Crawford. I know Bill, so if this organization is smart enough to support him, they’re okay by me.”

Margaret Y.
8-20-2014


“Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill got my early vote today. With Bob (Littlefield) leaving the city council, it’s going to take two people to fill his shoes.”

Beth O.
8-18-2014


“I don’t know how Sonnie Kirtley puts up with the crazy people at COGS. There was a time not that long ago that it was a respected organization. Now I think Sonnie may be the last one left who is of sound mind and body.”

Anonymous
8-15-2014


“COGS is no longer a cog in city politics.”

Marie K.
8-14-2014


“Not that I’m particularly proud of it right now, but I was the founding chairman of COGS.”

John W.
8-13-2014


“We got a post card yesterday laying the wood to Kathy Littlefield. We loved it!!! It’s high time somebody had the nerve to expose Mrs. Littlefield for the political fraud she is. Bragging about how she took down the city bonds and the school district override is awful. She should be embarrassed. We can’t imagine a person like her being on the council. She would be worse than her husband.”

A Real Conservative
8-10-2014


“Scottsdale United, our city’s dark money group, is making me vote for Kathy Littlefield.”

Valerie
8-9-2014


“Without a doubt, I find Cindy Hill the sincerest of the eight council candidates. It’s time we elect someone who will listen to residents, the ones who pay the salaries of council people. They’re supposed to be working for us.”

Herb S.
8-6-2014


“What happens in the bar district … stays in the bar district.”

Judy S.
7-31-2014


“My friends and I couldn’t care less about the downtown bar district. We go to Tempe, Mill Avenue. That’s where the action is. The Scottsdale bar district is where people from the west side go.”

Spider Man
7-31-2014


“So tell me, was your poll taken in the bar district with the drunk patrons on a weekend night? Please stop with the false attacks and inaccurate information.”

Sandy
7-29-2014


“Does anybody really believe Linda Milhaven wants to raise taxes and build more apartments like those new signs on the corners say?”

Debby W.
7-26-2014


“Saying that Bob and Kathy (Littlefield) are Bad for Business and Bad for Education isn’t accurate … or fair!”

Pete F.
7-20-2014


“I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Cynthia Hill say the political figure she most admires is Guy Phillips at the candidate forum broadcast from the Kiva. I think she has serious issues of poor judgment. She lost my vote.”

Vicky O.
7-11-2014


“Love the new street signs asking voters to not vote for the LIttlefields! That’s what I already intended.”

Name Withheld
7-10-2014


Hopefully, the rumors are true about Councilman Littlefield wanting to run for mayor in two years. He would make a good one. With Bob sitting in the big chair on the dais, it would send our whole political culture in a new and much needed direction. Run, Bob run!

Mike F.
7-3-2014


“The only thing worse than Bob “Mad Dog” Littlefield would be to elect his wife, Kathy. Voting for her would be like voting for Bob in a dress.”

Sal B.
6-30-2014


“Clearly Mr. Derouin doesn’t understand the importance of the role Bob Littlefield plays on the City Council. Bob is more than a contrarian – he gives people a voice who otherwise are not being represented on the Council.”

Kathy
6-29-2014


“Jim Derouin deserves a Gold Star for taking on Councilman Littlefield.”

Carl S.
6-27-2014


“It’s about time somebody punched back against Bob Littlefield. He’s been the resident bully at city hall for years.”

Tami G.
6-26-2014


“Whatever happened to former Councilwoman Marg Nelssen?”

Pete G.
6-22-2014


“Happy to see that Mr. Jim Derouin had the courage to take Bob Littlefield to the woodshed in the newspaper today. It’s about time someone stood up to the big bully. Littlefield belongs in the legislature because he has worn out his welcome on the city council.”

Terry I.
6-21-2014


“You hit the nail on the head in your blog about two Scottsdales. I’m not sure if it’s going to be possible to put the city back together again.”

Vic O.
6-20-2014


“I like the effort the Scottsdale Republic is making to reinvent itself. The newspaper had certainly lost its way and forgot what a newspaper was supposed to be.”

Cindy U.
6-20-2014


“One Scottsdale is wishful thinking.”

Trey W.
6-18-2014


“The upcoming election for the council could get really ugly. This is the best group of candidates I can remember in quite some time. I’m particularly impressed with Dennis Robbins. He seems like an honest man trying to do the right thing. Kathy Littlefield would probably make a good neighbor, but I’m not sure she would make a good councilperson.”

Margaret D.
6-17-2014


“I like your suggestion of making the ostrich our official city bird.”

Name Withheld
6-15-2014


“I’ve live my whole life in Scottsdale, and I’ve never seen such a political division in our great city. It really makes me sad. I don’t know who to blame. Maybe the voters who elected some of these numbskulls to the city council should be held responsible. I don’t expect everybody to get along and always agree on everything – but what’s happening is ridiculous.”

Cathy E.
6-14-2014


“Vice Mayor Guy Phillips. Enough said.”

Julie J.
6-8-2014


“Mighty Mud Mania is turning into a Scottsdale signature event … good, clean fun!!!”

Molly
6-8-2014


“I for one will be sorry to see Bob Littlefield leave the council this year. His wife (Kathy) can probably do a good job, but no one will be able fill Bob’s shoes and match his passion for our neighborhood issues.”

Carolyn P.
5-25-2014


“This might be the best crop of council candidates ever. Nobody can say voters won’t have choice.”

Mr. Mister
5-21-2014


“Scottsdale police officers deserve to be paid more.”

Badge 714
5-16-2014


“I never thought I’d see the day, at least in my lifetime, that the city would take an interest in revitalizing McDowell Road. It’s about time! I wouldn’t be surprised if Councilwoman Virginia Korte had a little something to do with it.”

Polly G.
5-15-2014


“Bob Littlefield’s political bedside manor leaves a lot to be desired.”

Cheese Steak
5-12-2014


“I think the money spent on the private consultant for economic development advice is s a great investment. I hope the city council takes heed.”

Jill J.
5-9-2014

“Danielle Casey is the best thing to happen to this city in the last 10 years … maybe even longer.”

Jeff B.
5-7-2014


“Every once in a while the newspaper publishes something worth reading – like how much the Councilmembers spend on their jobs. I expected the totals to be much higher.”

Trudy R.
5-18-2014


“Looks like the storm about the moratorium on purchasing more land for the Mountain Preserve may have blown over. Perhaps a mountain out of a mole hill?”

Cathy P.
5-15-2014


“With each passing Council meeting, it’s becoming more obvious we need leadership at the highest levels of the city.”

Pete G.
5-13-2014


“The consultant’s report about Scottsdale citizens’ perception of our city was totally eye opening. The city council should be grateful.”

Name Withheld
5-12-2014


“I think the money was well spent on the economic development strategy framework. It’s validating for those of us who have been paying attention the last four years.”

Efie G.
5-10-2014


“Your two-part essay really got me to thinking about why the city is being tugged in the wrong direction by a bunch of naysayers and nincompoops. It’s up to us, the reasonable citizens, to be more aggressive in taking back Scottsdale before the noisy minority run it into the ground.”

Viv
5-9-2014


“My only hope is that Ms Casey will be given a chance to implement the economic development plan. After hearing Mayor Lane during the council meeting, I have my doubts … serious ones.”

Carl G.
5-7-2014


“Good work guys! Your last two blogs about the city’s economic development were some of the best ever. Great insight.”

P.J.
5-7-2014


“It would have been nice if public comment would have been allowed in reaction to he consultant’s economic development report. I imagine we’ll get to have a say later this month when the City Council reviews it again. I’ll be there.”

Shirley C.
5-5-2014


“I watched the replay of the council meeting you wrote about. Guy Phillips never said a word. That’s not like him.”

Pete T.
5-5-2014


“So … for all the consulting money spent ($68,000) … ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NEW WAS LEARNED. Consultants 10 City budget ZERO.

Sonnie K.
5-5-2014


“I attended the Chamber of Commerce’s first City Council candidate forum of 2014. The whole time I was listening to the candidates I kept thinking that Scottsdale can do better than this. There are at least 3 of them (maybe 4) who probably couldn’t even find City Hall.”

Name Withheld
5-2-2014


“The Scottsdale Police Department has lost another one of our top officers to Chandler. This was predicted after Sean Duggin became Chandler police chief. This is probably only the beginning!”

Badge 714
5-1-2014


“Letting candidates campaign during the citizen comment period at City Council meetings doesn’t seem right. Kathy Littlefield and David Smith are the biggest ones.”

Marilyn K.
4-24-2014


“Councilman Littlefield had every right to question the motivations of the Impact Church … and I’m glad he did.”

Donkey Man
4-21-2014


“After hearing that Bob Littlefield attacked Impact Church, I suspect the Devil made him do it!”

Dot
4-18-2014


“I hope you keep your eye on Impact Church. Our community should know more about them and their congregation. Bet they are not afraid to dabble in politics from time to time.”

Efie G.
4-17-2014


“For the life of me, I don’t understand what the hub-bub is over the moratorium on purchasing any more land for the Mountain Preserve until the city council can study how we’re going to maintain it in the future. I think we need to be smart about how we fund the costs of taking care of it. It’s about being good stewards and fiscally responsible.”

Betty M.
4-15-2014


“So far it looks like David Smith is going to campaign from the podium at City Hall. I thought after he retired as treasurer we had seen the last of him!!!”

Carleigh
4-11-2014


“Bob Littlefield may have finally crossed the line when he attacked Impact Church. He should know better than to take on church folks. They have special powers.”

Spanky
4-9-2014


“Postponing the election on the General Plan was a wise move. Now it won’t get all caught up in the City Council campaigns.”

Billy the Kid
4-5-2014


“To me, it’s starting to sound like our school district is on life support. I can foresee in several more generation of students that parents won’t let their kids attend schools in Scottsdale.”

Marilyn A.
4-2-2014


“Sal DiCiccio should mind his own business. He has enough problems without sticking his nose in our city.”

Trudy W.
3-28-2014


“I know for a fact that the senior staffers who work for the City of Phoenix think letting Scottsdale annex some of Papago Park is magical thinking. Okay, crazy!”

Anonymous
3-26-2014


“Do you recall the many, many Papago Park public workshops held years ago? It included multiple Scottsdale residents with the discussion (and put down) of future commercial and a hotel along Galvin Parkway. During the McDowell Economic Task Force, (David) Reichert wanted us to annex the ballpark on the northern side of McDowell Road as well as the Amphitheater. He had staff spend time making elaborate drawing of a new road into the park and golf course ‘across Scottsdale land.’ Paul Messinger was a member of our Task Force and he and Ed Gawf firmly stated ‘because it would generate NO REVENUE, we shouldn’t give it any consideration.’ Reichert pouted and diverted his efforts to get the McDowell Event Arena for his Texas buddies. That didn’t happen. His Texas buddies wanted the City of Scottsdale to own the land, build the Event Center, fund the interior improvements and have the Texas firm manage it. Yea, right! Now we us Papago Park without cost to the City of Scottsdale. WHY should we want to own any of it? Perhaps it is to fund the proposed light rail route through Galvin Parkway to SkySong and back to ASU?”

Sonnie K.
3-25-2014


“It is time to put the moment of silence controversy behind us; if only Mayor Lane would stop apologizing and let us.

Meter Reader
3-23-2014


“Dennis Robbins and David Smith spoke at our Community Council meeting last night. Dennis is a nice young man and David is someone our group could support. They both conducted themselves like gentlemen.”

P.J.
3-21-2014


“My hat is off to those citizens who want to prevent the city from selling the Design Center. It’s historic, and a former church to boot.”

Kate H.
3-19-2014


“I watched the Scottsdale city council session tonight and couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Jim Lane not only delivered ANOTHER apology for not granting a moment of silence for the fallen Phoenix police officer … he also engaged the President of the Police Officers of Scottsdale on the topic during the citizen comment period. This guy just doesn’t know when to quit.”

Craig
3-18-2014


“I’ve never worked for the police, but if I were them I wouldn’t stand for Mayor Lame’s pathetic apology. It’s not enough!

Bobbi W.
3-16-2014


“Thank you very much for your blog apologizing for Mayor Lane’s behavior. How disgusting. My family and friends in Mesa, Surprise and even ones who live in Wichita heard about it through their police department.”

Sandy M.
3-14-20145


“Since Mr. Lane’s mishandling of the moment of silence request, I lost count how many of my friends who don’t live here in Scottsdale have either called or emailed us. They are curious about what we know about the incident, and wonder if the mayor has a thing against policeman. None of them can fathom why on earth he would do such a thing. We have sent several of them yesterday’s
Voice of Scottsdale, because we want people to understand that we are just as appalled as they are.”

Anonymous
3-14-2014


“I work directly with City Manager Behring. Your blog about him is spot on.”

Name Withheld
3-12-2014


“Thank you for your insightful blog about Mr. Behring.”

Cathy S.
3-11-2014


“I was told by some pretty reliable sources at the city that Mayor Lane issued several different apologies. Your publication used one at the end of your column yesterday. Wondering if you know which one that is?

Louise M.
3-11-2014


“One of the biggest problems Scottsdale government has had is that it doesn’t keep city managers around for more than a couple of years. Good government is about having continuity. It’s a lot like what happens in football. If a team is lucky enough to have a good quarterback, they hang on to him.”

Spanky
3-10-2014


“Excellent! Thanks for touting Fritz. Hopefully he will continue to shake up and REDUCE the Economic Development Department.”

Sonnie K.
3-10-2014


“I have never been so disgusted in all of my life. I could hardly believe my ears when I heard our mayor rebuke a citizen’s effort to have a moment of silence during last Tuesday’s council meeting for Detective John Hobbs. Mayor Lane has brought undeserved embarrassment on our city that he will never be able to live down.”

Kathryn K.
3-9-2014


“Mayor Lane has removed any doubt how he feels about people in public safety – particularly those of us in law enforcement.”

Badge 714
3-7-2014


“Shame on Mayor Lane!”

Rocket
3-5-2014


“Jim Lane does not represent those of us in Scottsdale who respect the police who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.”

Viv
3-5-2014


“I’ve just returned from the City Council meeting where Jim Lane denied a citizen’s request for a moment of silence for the police officer who was killed in Phoenix yesterday. Amazing! Lane owes the citizen, the officer’s family, law enforcement and every Scottsdale citizen an apology.”

Carl G.
3-4-2014


“We were happy, but not gay, to see the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Lane and the Convention and Visitors Bureau step up to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB 1062. Bravo!!! If 1062 would have become law, Scottsdale would have been impacted more than most cities around the state.”

Francis and Craig J.
2-26-2014


“What is David Smith thinking. He doesn’t stand a chance in hell of getting elected. Just another example of how out of touch he is.”

Billy Jack
2-23-2014


Google is coming, Google is coming. Not so fast. The company is talking about expanding their super high-speed services to more places than just Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. We’re a long way from landing Google; although it would be great.

Buttons
2-22-2014


“Kudos to the
Voice for Scottsdale for writing something positive about Mayor Lane. It’s a good change of pace.”

Former City Employee
2-21-2014


“It’s nice to hear that the mayor is capable of acting like a mayor. Thank you for your report.”

Tammy G.
2-20-2014


“Have my fellow Republicans lost their minds! My wife and I attended the Legislative District 23 meeting last Thursday night because we learned there was going to be an effort to censure the Scottsdale Council. After a couple of hours experiencing a totally out of control meeting, cooler heads ended up prevailing and the censure was defeated. But, come on people, why is a GOP organization turning on an all Republican council?”

Larry F.
2-18-2014


“I would like to thank Councilman Guy Phillips for sticking up for the little people. I am speaking about the people who wave and spin signs on street corners. All these people are trying to do is make a living the best way they know how. Unless they are a hazard to the public’s safety, which they are not, why regulate them. There are plenty of other more meaningful things the city council could and should be working on.”

Dean J.
2-16-2014


“It’s interesting how we don’t see or hear from J.P. Twist as much since Fritz Behring was hired to manage the city. Coincidence? I think not!

Name Withheld
2-15-2014


“Why don’t we hear anything about Bill Crawford anymore? I wonder if the bar and club owners wore him down. He usually had some good points to make and seemed to be the only one willing to speak up to represent the downtown neighborhoods by the bar district.”

Chatty Kathy
2-13-2014


“Loren Molever … isn’t that the same guy who was a principal in the North Chamber of Commerce before it went belly up? Looks like a dark cloud follows him whenever he goes.”

Harold P.
2-11-2014


“I’m a new subscriber. Why haven’t I heard about the Voice of Scottsdale before now?”

Efie G.
2-11-2014


“Who’s paying for the food catered into the General Plan Commission’s meetings? Taxpayers, no doubt. There may not be a free lunch, but there may be a free dinner.”

Joey Bananas
2-10-2014


“Given the up evil with the General Plan Task Force, a guy like Loren Molever is the last thing this group needs.”

Cupcake
2-8-2014


“How funny. I hadn’t thought about that crazy Channel 11 Commission until it was mentioned in today’s blog. Who can forget Lamar Whitmer’s attempt at the hostile takeover of the station. Whatever happened to him, anyway?”

John W.
2-7-2014


“I can’t believe the city would even consider selling the design center on Indian School. It’s an icon!!!”

Name Withheld
2-6-2014


“Unless I miss my guess, Ned O’Hearn will end up being the spokesman for the campaign that will surely oppose the general plan on the ballot. Ned is articulate, knows the issues and will present a convincing case for voters to reject the plan.”

Patty B.
2-5-2014


“Here we go again! Whenever the city gets strapped for cash they threaten to close Palomino Library. This is Scottsdale, not Glendale. We’re known for our arts and culture – libraries are part of that. What’s next, book burning?”

Dot
2-5-2014


“Thank you for your balanced report concerning the task force. I appreciate that you ‘got it right’ in terms of the mood and the issues.”

Loren M.
2-4-2014


“It’s hard to tell if your blog supports or opposes Bob Littlefield. I don’t always agree with him, particularly when he grandstands, but all in all I think his dissenting opinion is a healthy thing for our City.”

Dreamboat
2-2-2014


“I believe the monkeyshines going on with the (General Plan) Task Force are only a microcosm of what is coming down in Scottsdale. It’s the mainstream versus the malcontents.”

Chico
1-31-2014


“If most people are like me, they don’t have time to follow what’s happening behind the scenes in city government. I appreciate there is someone like
The Voice willing to inform us about what isn’t reported in more traditional news media. There is no way we would know about important issues like the General Plan Task Force without receiving it from The Voice. Keep up the good work, because there are plenty of us counting on your reporting.”

Grace
1-31-2014


“Are Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill running for City Council as a slate? I’d like to know more about their campaigns. It would probably make a
pretty good blog.”

Spanky
1-30-2014



“So the local Republican Party wants to censure the Scottsdale City Council. What a concept!”

Donkey Man
1-29-2014


“The council has clamped down on valet parking services by increasing the costs of licensing fees by as much as 5 times for some businesses. Sorry, but that doesn’t sound so business-friendly.”

Cindy
1-28-2014


“Bob Littlefield and Michelle Ugenti will make a terrific 1-2 punch from LD-23 at the Legislature.”

Gary F.
1-27-2014


“Time to get real! All of this controversy around the (General Plan) Task Force doesn’t matter. Whatever plan we end up voting for, well-paid zoning attorneys will find the loopholes. The more things change the more they remain the same.”

Tiny Tim
1-26-2014


“If the Waste Manage Open is the Greatest Show on Grass, does that mean everybody watching is smoking medical marijuana?”

Pineapple Express
1-26-2014


“In general … I don’t like the General Plan.”

Floyd P.
1-25-2014


“Thank you for your insight on what is happening on the General Plan issue. I agree: it’s becoming the battleground for growth vs no-growth parties.”

Ballpark Larry
1-25-2014


“I’ve never heard such a group of whiners as the people pushing back against the General Plan Task Force. Get over it, people. Mayor Lane has it right, they’re just a bunch of spoiled brats!!!”

Katy
1-24-2014


“Speaking for many others besides myself, the General Plan process has turned into a joke! I, along with my friends and neighbors, are no longer paying attention to anything that has to do with the city’s efforts to shove the General Plan down our throats. We’ll re-engage when it’s time to vote in November.”

Carl T.
1-24-2014


“I was more than disappointed to read about John Little’s decision not to run for City Council. John is the kind of person we need on the Council. He has institutional knowledge of our great city and no one can match his dedication to civic duty.”

Tammy
1-22-2014


“I just read Councilman Guy Phillips’ column in the newspaper about wanting to set aside $5 million a year for Capital Improvement Projects. What planet does he live on??? Do you know what that kind of money gets a city like Scottsdale in 2014. Not too damn much. Get real, Guy … we should have passed the bonds.”

Twiggy
1-22-2014


“There’s no two ways about it. Loren Molever is the biggest bully in Scottsdale.”

Name Withheld
1-22-2014


“So like who died and put Craig Jackson in charge of the city planning department? He should stick to selling used cars.”

Fred T.
1-19-2014


“This is not the Scottsdale I grew up in. Seriously talking about closing schools, not paying policemen what they deserve and turning our once wonderful downtown into an oasis for hedonistic behavior. It makes me sad to watch our city degenerate.”

Victoria
1-19-2014


“This is one awesome blog. Thanks Again. Really Great.”

Emailer
1-18-2014


“Scottsdale is becoming very average.”

Teddy Bear
1-14-2014


“12 years of one Littlefield is enough.”

Anonymous
1-12-2014


“I can’t wait to see Cindy Hill on the campaign trail. She’s going to eat Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven for breakfast, lunch and supper.”

Badge 714
1-8-2014


“You’re right! Kathy Littlefield made a name for herself when she worked to defeat the bloated bond package. We all owe her a vote of gratitude … and confidence.”

Chet H.
1-7-2014


“FYI: Jim Lane is no Herb Drinkwater.”

Anonymous
1-4-2014


“I hear that 3 of the bad-actor bars downtown stayed open past hours on New Year’s Eve and broke the regulations of their Conditional Use Permits. They’ll probably only get a slap on the wrist. Have any of the bars ever had one of the CUP’s revoked? I doubt it.

Pam K.
1-3-2014


“Gary Shapiro is a treasure that Scottsdale should celebrate.”

Name Withheld
12-28-2013


“I was around for the Drinkwater years. While he had his flaws, I believe he always tried to put our city first.”

Margaret W.
12-27-2013


“We moved here in 2002, so I didn’t know about Mayor Drinkwater. He sounds like quite a guy. Wish he would have lived longer or that I would have moved here sooner.”

Gary F.
12-22-2013


“Thank you for your blog about Gary Shapiro and Herb Drinkwater. Best one of the year!

Patty H.
12-20-2013


“Great article about Herb Drinkwater and the comment about the ‘acrimony’ that is a hindrance to the city. Right on. That’s not to say that back in the day he didn’t have his critics who accused him of making deals with developers, for example, to get his lot in Pinnacle Peak. As usual, most of those charges were false. It’s one of the costs of holding political office. My experience with him came from a couple of ill-fated development projects and the Scenic Drive. In one case we were arguing against some project and he pointed at us and the developer and told us to go back into a meeting room off the Kiva and settle our differences. We did. Dick Bowers and Herb Drinkwater also wanted to escape the rapid and somewhat out of control development that had taken place along Shea, which was Scottsdale’s first Scenic Corridor, and thereby enthusiastically supported the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive restoration, enhancement effort … scenic corridor guidelines, etc.

“Hopefully, with the economy coming back, fearfulness will be reduced and we can get back to a more positive attitude in Scottsdale.”

Les C
.
12-19-2013


“Yes, re: Herb. No re: Linda’s column (“Community Voices”). Her comments were divisive.”

John G.
12-19-2013


“I think it was Abe Lincoln who said, ‘You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time.  But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.’ Wonder if Bob Littlefield has ever heard that?”
 
Anonymous
12-15-2013
 

“After attending last night’s city council meeting, there’s no doubt that Fritz Behring is a take-charge-kind-of-guy.  It looks like we may finally have a real city manager.”
 
Carl K.
12-11-2013
 

“Isn’t it about time that Councilman Littlefield shuts his pie hole.  It’s obvious that he’s trying to stir up the political atmosphere so Kathy (his wife) has something to run on for the City Council.”
 
Zeke
12-2-2013
 

“It’s time to give School Superintendent David Peterson his walking papers.  A school district the size of SUSD can do a lot better than our students, teachers and parents are getting from this guy.”
 
Scottsdale Parent of Two
11-30-2013
 

“Yes, you make a good point.  Mayor Lane and Councilman Littlefield were, indeed, the ‘unlikely tag team” that helped defeat the bonds.  What an odd couple.  It reminds me of the old days several years ago when we referred to them affectionately as ‘Jim-Bob.’”
 
Lori E.
11-29-2013
 
 
“Love him or hate him … sometimes it’s hard to tell if Bob Littlefield is part of the solution or part of the problem.”
 
Alice W.
11-28-2013

 
“Some good comments, as usual.  If only the 
Republic spent the effort and energy that you do in attempting to explain Scottsdale.  However, I think some of your comments are off the mark:  Bob Littlefield was right to oppose the bonds.  Lots of us understood that.  I thought that in doing your homework, you would reasonably conclude that there were very real problems in how this bond issue was structured, and therefore it did not deserve support this time around.  The voters figured this out.  The SUSD is another matter.  The district has the unfortunate history of at least appearing to emphasize bureaucracy and hierarchy over classroom instruction.  
 
John G.  
11-27-2013
 

“Good column today.  Next one might be about the misguided vote to stop the marijuana bakery in the Airpark.  Littlefield and Phillips say the Council should listen to the voters, but they certainly don’t consider voters and legality when they vote ideology on medical marijuana.”
 
Name Withheld
11-27-2013


“I hope the turkeys on the City Council have a happy Thanksgiving!”

Cynthia S.
11-26-2013


“Is there any way we could trade mayors … W.J. ‘Jim’ Lane for Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa?”

Anonymous
11-25-2013


“It’s hard to believe that the Cultural Council has been around for 25 years. Hopefully in the next 25 years the organization will book someone into the Performing Arts Center I’m willing to pay to see.”

DreamBoat
11-25-2013


“Who is making those automated polling calls on the Sabbath? Obviously somebody who’s headed to Hell!”

Spanky
11-24-2013


“Mesa gets Apple and Scottsdale gets ice cream trucks. Where’s the justice … and our mayor?”

Vic D.
11-20-2013


“I’ve lived in Scottsdale for 46 years, so I’ve seen lots of changes … both good ones and bad ones. But I never thought I’d see the day when we wouldn’t support our schools. This is a sad statement about how far we’ve sunk.”

Victoria L.
11-17-2013


“Scottsdale lost its cachet along time ago when the city decided to turn our wonderful downtown into a playground for drunks and degenerates.”

Maggie W.
11-16-2013


“Our city council would have to have rocks in their head to turn around and try to pass bonds next year. The voters spoke on November 5
th. Those same people aren’t going anywhere, and they will be back to vote the same way a year from now.”

John L.
11-14-2013


“How did Scottsdale get stuck with Mayor Jim Lane and Mesa gets someone the caliber of Mayor Scott Smith?”

Grace
11-12-2013


“There’s a lovely couple who live in Mesa who we’re friends with. They say that turnabout is fair play … that is, Scottsdale and Mesa are trading places. Like you wrote in your latest blog, Scottsdale is losing its cachet. Our friends don’t think that Mesa has cachet yet, but they believe its well on its way to becoming a more welcoming destination for businesses, higher education and tourists. Is this the start of Scottsdale taking a backseat to Mesa!”

Frank and May R.
11-12-2013


“Okay, let me get this straight … Bob Littlefield spent the last three months campaigning against the bonds, but now we wants to find the money for ‘high-priority’ items that he asked us to defeat. This doesn’t make sense. Isn’t there a word for it?”

Name Withheld
11-8-2013


“Tuesday’s bond election started the countdown of electing Kathy Littlefield to the city council.”

Rita O.
11-6-2013


“It’s kind of strange that no one I talk to admits voting against the bonds and the override. I’d like to find at least one person who did and ask them what were they thinking. I would also like to know what they think the city should do now. Maybe they have a bright idea that no one else has thought about.”

Joan H.
11-6-2013


“For those of you who voted to torpedo the school district’s override measure: Shame on YOU!!!”

Kathy U.
11-6-2013


“Hello! Do you know how much money the downtown clubs contribute to the city coffers? So why don’t all of you old fogies lighten up.”

Courtney K.
10-28-2013


“Those sodbusters in Cave Creek are yellow bellies.”

Doc
10-27-2013

“I’ve never been a fan of Rural-Metro. They may be a Scottsdale-based company, but they have fire and emergency service contracts all over the country. I think they’ve spread themselves to thin and lost sight of good service years ago.”

Margaret M.
10-24-2013


“Not withstanding this new safety ordinance that the council passed a couple of weeks ago, it’s only a matter of time before there’s another incident. My friends and I stopped hanging there because it just got too crazy! Tempe has a better vibe.”

Tommy C.
10-22-2013


“My wife and I attended the bonds forum the
Republic sponsored last night at the south senior center. If what we heard is any indication of what is going to happen on election day, I would say it doesn’t bode well for the bonds being approved. Councilmen Phillips and Littlefield made some really good points. We should be able to vote on the project individually and not in a block. It’s our money, so we should have a say about what the city spends it on.”

Charles S.
10-22-2013


“My buddy who works at an unnamed bar in the entertainment area says that the mayor’s assistant gets drinks on the house. Is that true?”

Howie D.
10-20-2013


“The bar proprietors always have their hands out. Taxpayers being forced to pay to train their bouncers is absolutely outrageous! I’m going to remember this come election time.”

Hector E.
10-19-2013


“Enough is enough. I cancelled my subscription to the local newspaper today.”

Carl P.

10-17-2013


“What are the odds of both of Scottsdale’s assistant police chiefs being up to be the chief of police in Chandler? May the best man win. But where will that leave our Police Department?”

Patty
10-17-2013


“Holy Newsprint!!! Is the Scottsdale Republic really going to have one of those forums for old time sake between the two bond campaigns Monday at the Granite Reef Senior Center? Maybe this is the newspaper’s last gasp.”

The Adams Family
10-15-2013


“Like you suggest … we’re waiting for the newspaper to write an in-depth story about Rural Metro. Ambulance service is too important not to know what’s going on with the company.”

Denny B.
10-13-2013


“Congratulations to Councilman Bob Littlefield for receiving the award from the Scottsdale Police Officers Association for years of having the backs of the men and women of local law enforcement.”

Name Withheld
10-12-2013


“I was at the Starbucks in Lincoln Village today and I think City Hall reporter Beth Duckett was working on her laptop the next table over.”

Richard A.
10-11-2013


“You raise a good question about Rural/Metro. Are they going to be able to stay in business in Scottsdale. The newspaper will be the last to know.”

Betty D.
10-9-2013


“When the current generation of reporters leave the Scottsdale Republic how does the newspaper find people to replace them when they can’t even give them a desk in an office to work at?”

Kathy E.
10-8-2013


“I attended the Scottsdale council meeting tonight when the people from Cave Creek turned it into a side show. Make no mistake, this is all about Cave Creek getting free publicity. It’s too bad that the newspaper and other news outlets have been taken in by it. A fight over a city’s motto is NOT news!”

Vic O.
10-08-2013


“It is sad watching the demise of the Republic’s Scottsdale edition. A city this size deserves its own newspaper. You’re right, the newspaper is only a shell of its former self. I wish I could be more optimistic about its future, but I’m not.”

Trudy S.
10-7-2013


“Martini Ranch … R.I.P.”

Jack The Ripper
10-5-2013


“Up until three years ago, I lived in South Scottsdale … so I know how that part of our city has suffered. I was not part of the naysayer or finger-pointing crowd. I took responsibility for my property, as did all of my neighbors. We kept a positive attitude, and never criticized the city for not doing more for us down south. That’s not the city’s job. If there was less negativity coming out of the neighborhoods in South Scottsdale, things would be a lot better.”

Barbara
10-4-2013


“The noise from the big block party last weekend wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I only hope that any more parties like that are few and far between, though”

Kathy L.
10-3-2013


“So I read the city is finally going to do something about bringing the McDowell Road area back to life. Where have they been for the last 15 years???”

Marge O.
10-2-2013


“For anyone who doesn’t think the bar district isn’t out of control, and starting with the mayor and his council, I wish they would have been near anywhere downtown last night. That block party the promoters called “Sound Wave” should have been called “Shock Wave,” because it literally made windows shake in some residential homes. I fail to understand how the city can allow outdoor parties like this without a permit.”

Mr. Downtowner
9-29-2013


“Replacing Lee Guillory, the former city treasurer’s puppet, with Jeff Nichols isn’t the worst thing this city council has ever done.”

Tammy F.
9-17-2013


“With friends like David Smith, poor Lee Guillory didn’t stand a chance of being the next permanent treasurer.”

City Employee, Retired
9-17-2013


“The men and women who work in the city’s fire and police departments are going to miss Councilman Littlefield. Bob has been one of our few representatives who has treated public safety as a real priority for the last 12 years.”

Name Withheld
9-12-2013


“I would like to personally thank the council members who voted to fully staff the downtown fire station. I live near the downtown area and could not believe that the fire department was being forced to operate Station 602 without the necessary manpower. It’s the busiest station in Scottsdale, so it didn’t make sense to treat it otherwise.”

Richard T.
9-11-2013


“For anyone who missed last night’s City Council meeting, City Manager Fritz Behring was masterful. That’s what leadership looks like, people!”

Craig C.
9-10-2013


“Thank you for exposing David Smith. His latest stunt of sending a letter to the City Council only confirms the fact that he’s who we thought he was … Chicken Little!!!

Betty R.
9-10-2013


“Message for Jim Lane: I know John Little, and he doesn’t scare easily. I suggest you save your goon tactics for someone else.”

Barry K.
9-6-2013


“Now that Lane is staying on as mayor, I guess his loyal lacky, J.P. Twist, is guaranteed 3 more years of employment. Hope he enjoys it while it lasts.”

Patti R.
9-6-2013


“I’m sick and tired of reading about how the Goldwater Institute sticks its nose in people’s business. Now they have our school district in their crosshairs because they say the district is ‘advocating” that Scottsdale voters pass the school district’s override issue. Doesn’t Goldwater have anything better to do than intimidate school districts, of all things?”

Marge T.
9-6-2013


“I don’t know how many other people feel like I do … but I’m glad that Mayor Lane will be continuing on as Scottsdale mayor. He could be the best mayor our city has had since the late Herb Drinkwater. The mayor got our city through the Great Recession and made critical changes in the structure of government to make it more accountable to us taxpayers.”

Victor D.
9-6-2013


“It was only a matter of time before the
Republic stopped printing their Thursday Scottsdale edition. The next edition to go will probably be Saturday. It’s like watching someone who is terminally ill slowly dying right before our very eyes.”

Kathy L.
9-5-2013


“I was soooo sorry to hear that Mayor Lane decided not to run for state treasurer. Bob Littlefield would be a much better mayor than Lane, which I guess isn’t saying much.”

Depressed in Scottsdale
9-5-2013


“I’m sorry to tell all of you John Little slackers, errr … supporters that your boy won’t know what hit him after Ray Torres, Mike Mason and Jason Rose get done with him. Save your money, Little won’t survive what those guys have in store for him.”

Ladmo
9-3-2013


“W.J. ‘Jim’ Lane isn’t half the man John Little, Jr is.”

Anonymous
9-1-2013


“John Little is exactly the kind of person we need on the Scottsdale City Council. He knows our values and the city’s issues. I only wish there were more just like him. He will be getting my vote.”

Susan G.
8-31-2013


“Jim Lane is Scottsdale’s Sal DiCiccio.”

Pete Y.
8-31-2013


“I had to laugh after reading the latest
Voice of Scottsdale that John Little is Jim Lane’s biggest fear. I couldn’t agree more. Lane is like a playground bully, one punch in the nose and he’ll run home crying.”

Name Withheld
8-29-2013


Scottsdale Republic: ‘No news is good news.’”

P.J.
8-28-201


“Does anyone really expect the mayor to act like anything other than a political thug. Never forget he’s originally from New Jersey!”

Bruce T.
8-27-2013


“After reading your blog about Mayor Lane’s candidate for council, Michael Auerbach, I went to Auerbach’s website. Is he running for City Council or Student Council? Get real dude. It’s hard to believe that Lane would back such a nobody. Is he really serious? I predict that Mr. Auerbach will step aside by January.”

Peggy Sue
8-26-2013


“So let me get this straight. Jason Rose’s PR company is working for the bars on one side of Scottsdale Road and the Marshall Way art galleries on the other side of the road???”

Bubbles
8-24-2013


“I’m looking forward to your future reports on the status of Rural/Metro and what kind of ambulance service we can expect long-term. God only knows we’re not going to read anything about it in the newspaper.”

Name Withheld
8-23-2013


“I live in McCormick Ranch and can’t wait to eat, drink and party at the Vig.”

Footloose
8-22-2013


“It’s hard for me to consider the
Scottsdale Republic a real newspaper. I mean really … a newspaper that doesn’t allow readers to write in. That’s no newspaper. At least we still have the Voice of Scottsdale. I learn more about what’s going on in the city from your blog than I read in the Republic in a month. Keep up the good job. And thank you for publishing my email.”

Betty D.
8-22-2013


“I don’t mean to gloat, but I’m getting a kick out of the outrage coming from McCormick Ranch about the Vig bar coming to a neighborhood near them. Someone is finally getting a taste of what we’ve been enduring downtown for years. At least the Vig doesn’t want to locate down here, which is a relief.”

Karlene
8-20-2013


“If we want truly dependable ambulance service, we should let the fire department run the show, not some private company that rises and falls with its stockholders. Emergency service is too important to leave to companies that don’t have the best interests of citizens in mind.”

Anonymous
8-16-2013


“The Rural Metro Corporation is a joke. For many years my husband and I had some shares of their stock. Slowly but surely we watched as its value dwindled. Thank goodness we sold it off while the getting was good and we didn’t lose our shirts. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!”

Vivian E.
8-15-2013


“News reporting in Scottsdale hasn’t been the same since the
Tribune pulled out years ago.”

Walt T.
8-13-2013


“Is anyone really surprised that the newspaper is shrinking?”

Zeke
8-13-2013


“Smart journalism......????? They compete with
USA Today. Talk about killing themselves. The management hasn't got a clue.”

Nancy C.
8-12-2013


“After his brief honeymoon immediately after being hired, Mr. Bill Banchs was never given a fair chance to succeed. From what I hear, he didn’t have the support of the Cultural Council’s Board of Trustees or some of the principal members and the financial contributors of the organization. I wish him luck as he returns to Miami.”

Kathryn G.
8-12-2013


“Hey, where did the editorial pages in the newspaper go?”

Zeke S.
8-8-2013


“I was at the public meeting held last night about the downtown safety ordinance. The young man named J.P. Twist seems to be nice enough. But I think this ordinance, that is probably being proposed in good faith, is so complicated that most people don’t understand it, except lawyers. If this ordinance is instituted by the council, I think it’s going to be a nightmare to enforce.”

Charlene U.
8-9-2013


“Rural-Metro going bankrupt is no surprise to me. My next door neighbor worked there up until about two years ago. Her stories were enough to make your hair curl about the mismanagement and how they treat their employees.”

Name Withheld
8-5-2013


“If Scottsdale is really the sixth safest city in the country with populations of over 200,000, the bar district must not have been factored into the rankings.”

Betty W.
8-2-2013


“Would you please help us get the word out that not all of us who live in McCormick Ranch think that letting the Vig open at Hayden and the Parkway is a bad idea. It’s a shopping center for crying out loud. Its other locations have a history of having a good reputation. Those people in McCormick Ranch who are trying to fight it from locating here shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The Vig isn’t like one of those rowdy bars downtown.”

Wendy
7-30-2013


“It’s hard to believe there are almost 30 people who have already applied for the vacated city treasurer position. I can’t wait to see the candidates who think it’s such a great job.”

Mel-o
7-31-2013


“Is Mrs. Littlefield (Kathy) serious about running for the city council? If she is, would that mean Bob would be her campaign manager?”

Inquiring Mind
7-22-2013


“Say it ain’t so Scottsdale! Is the city really changing the color of our fire trucks? The safety-green color of our trucks makes our fire department stand out. It’s a unique color that has become part of our brand. Anybody can have red trucks!!!”

Jean R.
7-19-2013


“Am I the only one who notices how quiet it is with the City Council on vacation?”

Billy Goat
7-16-2013


“What’s Mayor Lane going to do now that David Smith has resigned? Half of what Lane pulled off in the last three years was thanks to Smith. They were a dangerous duo. Now the mayor is on his own. Can’t wait to watch.”

Kathy L.
7-14-2013


“David Smith will be missed.”

A Taxpayer
7-12-2013


“I so wish David Smith had stuck around as treasurer. I would have paid anything to see how he held up under the scrutiny of the new city manager– a real manager who already seems like he’s not one to take guff from anyone, particularly someone like Smith.”

Ralph G.
7-12-2013


“You certainly captured everything that I’ve ever heard about David Smith’s mode of operation. His arrogance apparently knows no bounds. Yes, indeedy, he always knows more than everybody else, and always has to get in the last word.”

Carl S.
7-10-2013


“Somehow I knew David Smith wouldn’t go quietly. I’ve never seen anyone who loves the sound of his own voice as much as the former city treasurer.”

Cindy E.
7-9-2013


“Who’s going to be the next mayor if Jim Lane resigns to run for state treasurer … Bob Littlefield or Virginia Korte?”

Trudy
7-7-2013


“Truthfully, I don’t pay much attention to what happens in the bar district. I tune it out. Thanks for your report. Now I feel like I know the score.”

Craig T.
7-5-2013


“I’ve seen the new city manager (Fritz Behring) twice, and both times he looked extremely grumpy. Is that how he always looks? This could take some real getting used to.”

Donna R.
7-5-2013


“I just got back from the entertainment district and didn’t get stabbed!”

Rich S.
7-4-2013


“It’s hilarious how quickly the mayor snapped into action after the second stabbing at Martini Ranch. Otherwise he and his sidekick J.P. Twist would still be dwindling their thumbs. I hate the idea of somebody being stabbed to get action – but if that’s what it takes, so be it.”

Anonymous
7-3-2013


“Getting stabbed isn’t my idea of entertainment!”

Mr. Jeebs
7-3-2013


“I wouldn’t go near the downtown entertainment district with a 10-foot pole. I’d sooner pass it by on the way to Mill Avenue. At least when I go there I don’t feel like I’m taking my life in my hands.”

Randy T.
7-3-2013


“We were glad to read today that the police have arrested a suspect in the recent stabbing incident. Why aren’t there more police officers patrolling the downtown area and why can’t they work in the bars when they’re off duty. If there’s going to be real crime in bars, why can’t there be real police there?”

Herb and Jean R.
7-3-2013


“Let’s get real. No matter how long it takes for Mr. Lane to get something passed to try to curb the violence in the entertainment district, it’s not going to make any difference whatsoever. Councilman Guy Phillips is right … we’re reaping what the owners of the bars and clubs have sowed.”

Jesse G.
7-2-2013


“What a wonderful blog posting (“Scottsdale’s Public Relations Problem.”) I’ve heard that the wheels of government move slowly, but the mayor’s ordinance has been in the oven far too long. If he was truly serious about getting something done down in the bar district, we would have had an ordinance by now!!!”

Peggy Sue
7-2-2013


“Jim Lane considering running for state treasurer is music to my ears.”

Spanky
6-29-2013


“Finally some good news … city’s crime shrinking. Hats off to our Men in Blue.”

Peggy T.
6-29-2013


“My whole family, there are 5 of us, voted twice for the tax to create and expand the Desert Preserve. None of us voted for the tax so we could subsidize Jeep tours in the preserve. The city council voting to allow companies to start conducting tours there is a betrayal of voters. The three councilpersons who didn’t go along with the Jeep tour companies (Suzanne Klapp, Guy Phillips and Virginia Korte) are to be commended.”

Charles A.
6-29-2013


“I would love to see John Little on the city council. I think he got a bad rap. He would have been a great city manager if he had only been given the chance. John got sideways with Mayor Lane, and it went downhill from there.”

City Employee (ret)
6-28-2013


“Mark my words … letting Jeep touring companies into the Preserve is just the first step in turning beautiful desert into a tourist trap. Have some respect.”

Pam H.
6-27-2013


“No one is questioning that the Jeep tour operators aren’t good stewards of the desert. I just don’t think that they should be allowed to use the Mountain Preserve. If tourists want to experience our pristine desert, there are plenty of ways to do it without being hauled around in a Jeep.”

Gabby
6-26-2013


“Another stabbing in downtown Scottsdale. Don’t the Mayor and City Council realize that one small area of our city is giving Scottsdale a black eye? Too many bars in too small of area means too much violence. This has got to stop!!!”

Carol Lee
6-25-2013


“Now that it’s just days away from the new city manager (Fritz Behring) taking the helm, I didn’t realize how excited I would be to see Dan Worth go. He has been a disaster. From what I hear, Mr. Behring is the real deal and employee-friendly.”

Name Withheld
6-25-2013


“The Desert Preserve is an asset and tourism is our major moneymaker. Permitting Jeep tours on the preserve makes total sense. The cactus huggers need to get over it.”

Ray S.
6-24-2013


“The proper name is ‘McDowell Sonoran Preserve.’ I assume you are referring to Lois’ (Fitch) height? Otherwise, there is nothing diminutive about her. Thanks for writing this – it’s awful”

Melinda G.
6-24-2013


“After reading your recent blog about the McDowell Mountain Preserve, I can’t help but wonder if Scottsdale’s values are shifting. Is our commitment to the environment and open space now passé?”

Shelia Ann
6-24-2013


“Who paid for the firefighters and ambulance personnel to staff the ‘Beat The Heat’ run? It was one of the silliest events ever staged. I’m surprised nobody died running a marathon in the middle of day in June.”

Sarah G.
6-23-2013


“You should do one of your write-ups on the political relationship between Scottsdale’s new City Manager, Fritz Behring, and PR pimpster Jason Rose. They were as thick as thieves when Behring was the county manager in Pinal County.”

Name Withheld
6-22-2013


“Naming Lee Guillory acting city treasurer makes a lot of sense. But she should not be allowed to be the real treasurer. Ms. Guillory is nothing more than David Smith in a skirt.”

Viking Man
6-22-2013


“Someone pinch me. John Little isn’t really running for City Council is he?”

Bruce W.
6-20-2013


“Before people go hiking with their dogs, they should always have a way to give them water. Dogs can actually get overheated faster than humans.”

Fabulous Freddy
6-18-201


“Hey, Voice … where are you?”

Tammy O.
6-18-2013


“For the life of me, I can’t get my head around the idea of David Richert possibly working for the Town of Cave Creek. Fountain Hills, maybe. Cave Creek, no way.”

Earl G.
6-17-2013


“I can’t think of a better place to put the statue of Bil Keane than the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Bil was a true treasure.”

Harry T.
6-16-2013


“Many thanks to our firefighters who recused the overheated dog from the mountain. It’s comforting to know that the fire department’s caring doesn’t stop with humans and also includes man’s best friends.”

Julie R.
6-16-2013


“I couldn’t agree more with your most recent column that David Smith has ‘abused’ the position of city treasurer. I’m not opposed to the position. But Smith has set a horrible precedent as the first treasurer under the city charter. We can do better … much better.”

Tinker Bell
5-30-2013


“It was really smart to go outside of the Cty of Scottsdale culture to hire the new city manager. We need new people with fresh ideas. Whenever the city has chosen to promote people from within the ranks, it only perpetuates problems. Out with the old and in with the new!!!”

Kathy L.
5-29-2013


“You’ve got to like a guy whose name is Fritz.”

Tommy W.
5-27-2013


“As a city employee, I knew when the council picked David Smith to be the treasurer over Scott McCarty, we were going to be in for serious trouble. I would like to see the city reach out to Scott who still lives here. He would make a great treasurer, the kind we should have gotten in the first place.”

Anonymous
5-27-2013


“A big SHOUT OUT to the unsung city employees who pick up those brush piles in residential neighborhoods. You guys are the best!!!”

Alex
5-25-2013


“The new city manager doesn’t assume his job until July and David Smith doesn’t retire until July 5. No one should underestimate what Dan Worth and the treasurer can cook up in 30 days. This is no time for employees to let their guard down. That goes for the city council too.”

Virgil T.
5-24-2013


“Our unnamed Scottsdale law firm has already started an office pool how long it will take for Jim Lane to sour on the new city manager. My money is on 18.5 months.”

Name Withheld
5-23-2013


“When the city council goes to hire a new treasurer, they need to follow suit with what they did when they hired an ‘outsider’ to be the city manager. It seems like every time someone is hired from the ‘inside,’ it doesn’t turn out so good.”

Penny R.
5-23-2013


“I thought John Little would have made a good city manager if he had been given the chance. It’s too bad he got caught up in the controversy of the employees’ early retirement program. John had the courage to stand up to this mayor, which is what really did him in. Many of the things John said four years ago are coming true.”

Cecilia R.
5-22-2013


“Is it too late for me to apply for city manager?”

Phil V.
5-21-2013


“Today’s blog was one of the best ever. I appreciate that you always seem to provide insight and information that I don’t get anywhere else – and certainly not from the newspaper. The
Voice of Scottsdale provides a real community service.”

Skeeter
5-21-2013


“Given the screwed up state of affairs of the management structure, who in their right mind would want to be the next city manager of Scottsdale?”

Bev S.
5-21-2013


“We just finished watching the city council interviewing the three candidates for city manager. The piss-poor interviewing techniques of the council gave the public no insight at all about who the candidates are. We have a very bad feeling about this whole process and, as a consequence, its eventual outcome.”

Gene and Mary G.
5-21-2013


“I’m willing to chip in for David Smith’s going away party. Has there ever been any employee of the City of Scottsdale who has created more havoc than Mr. Smith. Good riddance, Bub!”

Jack S.
5-20-2013


“It’s going to be interesting to see how the city council goes about replacing Treasurer David Smith. He was one of a kind. We can only hope.”

William K.
5-19-2013


“I’m not sure that there was ever a news story in the newspaper about David Smith resigning. With an ego the size of his, bet you he was really miffed.”

Rhonda
5-19-2013


“I actually know David Smith, and he’s a perfectly nice guy. But when he’s performing his duties as the treasurer, something seems to come over him.”

Anonymous
5-18-2013


“One of the biggest mistakes Scottsdale voters ever made was voting to give the treasurer expanded political powers. The second biggest mistake was made by our council when they appointed David Smith.”

Kathryn O.
5-16-2013


“May I suggest that the Honorable Mayor Lane declare a citywide holiday on July 5
th in honor of David Smith’s last day as the city’s treasurer. Of course it would be unpaid.”

Spanky
5-15-2013


“David Smith’s exit didn’t come soon enough. Basically everything former Scottsdale City Manager John Little warned us about regarding the two-headed management model of city government was true.”

Roy
5-11-2013


“Thank you for the heads up about Charlie Meyer, the out-of-work former city manager of Tempe. I have forwarded your column to many city employees, because they need to know the kind of person the city council is considering to appoint as the new city manager.”

Princess
5-10-2013


“Terry Welker is a scumbag! A large group of people are buying him a one way bus ticket from Iowa to Scottsdale. What he did to your fine employees is what he is again doing to honest, hardworking people in Iowa. The man is a liar, evil and thinks he is above the law. Stay tuned, stuff is starting to hit the fan up here!!!!

Justin Time
5-9-2013


“All I had to hear about Charlie Meyer was that he was being promoted by Mayor Lane. That says it all.

Pete C.
5-8-2013


“After the recent debacle with Dan Worth serving as acting city manager, there are plenty of city employees who would welcome back Dave Richert in a heartbeat.”

Shirley W.
5-8-2013


“No one was more sorry than I am to hear that Charlie Meyers is on Scottsdale’s short list for city manager. I was an employee of the City of Tempe when he was the city manager. He proved time and again that he wasn’t employee-friendly. I don’t know how he lasted as long as he did. Now it sounds like he may be Scottsdale’s problem.”

Name Withheld
5-7-2013


“Treasurer (David) Smith must have started tearing his hair out when he read about the report that the new auto dealerships were going to be generating more sales tax dollars. That sure doesn’t fit with his master narrative that the city doesn’t have enough money to compensate employees so the city stays competitive with other cities. It’s time to stop the poor-mouthing, Mr. Smith.

Veteran City Employee
5-3-2013


“Jim Lane is a twit and J.P. Twist is a twirp. They deserve one another.

Beth W.
5-2-2013


“I’m starting to think that when we elect smart people to the city council that they instantly become stupid once they’re sworn in.”

Kate Y.
5-1-2013


“I appreciate the work that went into getting the ice cream truck ordinance passed. It doesn’t make any difference who gets the credit. The new law sends the right message that Scottsdale is a business-friendly city.”

Name Withheld
4-29-2013


“Developing the city’s budget for the upcoming year is arguably the most important function of the mayor and council. So why can’t this mayor run an organized meeting that residents can follow? Anybody who is trying to follow the process has to be lost. From what I’ve seen so far, I don’t have a great deal of trust in the process or confidence that these people can handle taxpayer dollars.”

Craig T.
4-28-2013


“The mayor has finally locked in his legacy … ‘Two Scoops Lane.’”

Bilbo
4-28-2013


“Maybe it’s just me, but I think working to put ice cream trucks back on our streets isn’t exactly the best use of the city’s resources.”

Trudy O.
4-27-2013


Sorry … I don’t get it. Mayor Lane has all the time in the world to work on the ice cream truck issue but he won’t help pass bonds for the city!!! I fail to understand Lane’s priorities.”

Phil T.
4-25-2013

“Ice cream trucks! Really?”

Hoppy
4-25-2013

“Best blog ever! I laughed myself silly over
“Chill in the Air Over Ice Cream Truck Issue.” Leave it to two petty people like J.P. Twist and Jim Lane to wrestle over who gets the credit for bringing back ice cream trucks. Don’t these jokers have anything better to do?”

Debi J
4-25-2013


“Mayor Lane, just like the Goldwater Institute, always plays to the lowest common denominator. Most of us stopped believing him years ago about being transparent. That may sound good to him, but for many of us his statements about transparency ring hollow.”

Sheryl T.
4-22-2013


“Guy Phillips tells it like it is. He may be one of the best council people our city has ever had, because he’s not afraid to tell the truth … even if some people don’t like hearing it.”

Vance
4-22-2013


“Blue Sky? Told you so!”

Buzz Bomb
4-21-2013


“The last time we had a true leader in the mayor’s chair was Herb Drinkwater. It’s been down hill since then.”

Jessica V.
4-20-2013


“After I watched the lack of performance by the temporary city manager (Dan Worth) during the presentation of the new city budget, I’ve come to the conclusion the city can’t hire a real city manager fast enough. When he wasn’t pouting, he looked like he was ready to throw a temper tantrum.”

Mr. Anonymous
4-18-2013


“I’m glad the
Voice of Scottsdale isn’t afraid to expose Mr. J.P. Twist’s role in city government. He’s simply no more or less than Mayor Lane’s ‘Yes Man.’”

Ruth O.
4-17-2013


“Mayor Lane is all about transparency, and the ‘situation’ has nothing to do with it. He’s probably the most consistent elected official in Arizona. The mayor never leaves anybody guessing where he stands. How about giving credit where credit is due!!!”

Ray Ban
4-16-2013


“The Goldwater Institute may be playing a bigger role in Scottsdale than most people know.”

Name Withheld
4-16-2013


“I absolutely LOVE the term ‘Situational Transparency.’ I can think of no better person to attach it to than Mayor Jim Lane. His selective use of ‘transparency’ is so transparent.”

Scooter
4-15-2013


“I truthfully don’t care if they are only apartments … ‘something’ on McDowell Road is way better than empty car dealerships.”

Tom G.
4-13-2013


“Has there ever been a bigger blowhard to set foot in Scottsdale than Craig Jackson???”

Ms Vicki
4-13-2013


“So John Berry figured out how to weasel a way to get the apartments built on McDowell Road. It’s another cheesy move from the master of mayhem. The people in the neighborhood just got a taste of what can happen when someone like Berry has the time and money to shove another development down the throats of citizens. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.”

Peggy Sue
4-10-2013


“How do the egos of Craig Jackson and Jason Rose fit into the same room?”

Pete K.
4-10-2013


“Paolo Soleri may be gone, but his work will live with us forever.”

Robert and Ester F.
4-9-2013


“The strange relationship between Jason Rose and Craig Jackson is a head scratcher. Feels kind of like a (public relations) whore and his (car salesman) pimp.”

Name Withheld
4-4-2013


“After watching the city council meeting last night, I now know what Scottsdale priorities are. Ice cream trucks and pedicabs. Unless I knew better, I would think that our city has nothing else to worry about. Not true!”

Carl O.
4-3-2013


“I think Craig Jackson has done more than most people for the City of Scottsdale … especially for someone who lives in Paradise Valley.”

Julie J.
4-2-2013


“If Craig Jackson is the best Dan Worth can do for a character reference, he’s got a real problem.”

Homer
4-2-2013


“Spot on,
Voice of Scottsdale. Craig Jackson is a legend in his own mind. He’s somehow under the mistaken impression that his (stuff) doesn’t stink.”

Wendy G.
4-1-2013


“I can’t believe that the city is even considering letting pedicab drivers operate downtown with no driver’s license. Whoever goes for a ride in one of those contraptions is taking their life in their own hands.”

Kyle R.
3-30-2013


“I read that less than half of the people polled knew what the Cultural Council does. What a crime! The City of Scottsdale writes a check for more than $4 million a year to the organization and hardly anybody knows what it does. What a bad investment and a poor use of our city’s resources.”

Patti O.
3-29-2013


“I wonder if zoning attorney John Berry has finally met his match with Councilman (Guy) Phillips?”

VIG
3-28-2013


“Guy Phillips is on the right track trying to quell the proliferation of apartments. So many apartments hurt our city’s brand.”

Jodie W.
3-27-2013


“Thank you for the latest blog about Jim Lane’s lackeys trying to make Mr. Dan Worth the permanent city manager. But I think the real story is probably about what the mayor’s role is in this fiasco.”

Calvin R.
3-21-2013


“If anyone has any doubt that this City council is dysfunctional, all they have to do is watch the replay of tonight’s meeting. Their 3-hours of discussion about bonds was enough to make any law-abiding taxpayer’s head swim.”

Anonymous
3-19-2013


“It doesn’t make any difference if City Manager Dan Worth is interim or permanent. Everybody know that Treasurer David Smith is running the city. So get over it!!!”

Jeff N.
3-16-2013


“Dan Worth is a disaster!”

Former Employee
3-15-2013


“I’ve always said that a card laid is a card played. The council better not backtrack on its word not to hire Dan Worth as the real city manager.

Susan B.
3-14-2013


“Jason Rose and J.P. Twist teaming up reminds me of the good old days with Lamar Whitmer and Tim LaSota. Hard to say which is the biggest set of scoundrels.”

Julie J.
3-14-2013


“It’s hard to believe that Scottsdale could have been named one of the best run cities in the country when it lets employees who manage important departments work at home.”

Charlie W.
3-11-2013


“After reading your posting about Jim Mullin working from home for who knows how long, I just have one question … is anybody else who’s running a City of Scottsdale department allowed to work from home?”

Big Bear
3-11-2013


“How many times will zoning attorney extraordinaire John Berry get a continuance of the apartments being proposed down on McDowell? What’s it going to take for he and his developer-client to get the message that the neighbors aren’t going to budge?”

Ginny W.
3-10-2013


“We thought the economic development division was bad when Harold Stewart was in charge. But this Mullin guy sounds like a real piece of work.”

Anonymous
3-9-2013


“Whatever happened to that crazy idea to build a bridge down McDowell Road? I haven’t heard anything about it for several months. The newspaper really liked it, I think. Maybe the two guys who were promoting it got tired of being ridiculed and packed up and moved on to someplace else.”

Faith
3-9-2013


“Now that you’ve written a blog about Jim Mullin, I suggest you look into his boss, Paul Katsenes. Unlike Mullin, Katsenes shows up for work, but that’s about all you can say. I swear he’s just marking time trying to fatten his pension.”

Phil T.
3-8-2013


“I still don’t know what the Economic Vitality Dept. does. It could be all smoke and mirrors for all I know.”

Shrimpy
3-7-2013


“It’s common knowledge around my department that Jim Mullin was a jerk!!!”

Susan F.
3-7-2013


“The Jim Mullin’s affair was the worst kept secret at the city. As city employees, we’re expected to show up for work every day. We don’t get paid anywhere as much as Mullin did. We’re glad that the story has gone public. Our citizens need to know how things are being run by people who don’t want taxpayers to know how their money is being frittered away.”

Name Withheld
3-7-2013


“Hats off to Councilman Guy Phillips. His speech tonight on the CVS drug store zoning case was politically moving. It’s a wonderful thing to know that there is another voice of the people on the council besides Robert Littlefield. Maybe in the next election we will be electing more representatives like Phillips and Littlefield.”

Vance R.
3-5-2013


“I’m glad that some of our older neighborhoods are getting organized to fight back against the developers who want to build apartments. Viva la neighborhoods!”

Ginny W.
3-4-2013

“The people who operate the pedicabs downtown need a lobbyist. What about Jason Rose or Susan Bitter Smith????”

R.L.
3-2-2013


“Downtown is the perfect location for the Western Museum. Now let’s start putting some cool things in South Scottsdale, too.”

Seth
3-1-2013


“Notice how all of sudden we’re not hearing anything more about the trouble in the bar district – just the way the mayor wants it. That area is going to be a problem until the city puts more police on the street. Let’s get it done.”

Frank Y.
3-1-2013


“I think I support the bonds, even if Mayor Lane won’t. But I wonder how much most taxpayers are prepared to shoulder?”

Name Withheld
3-1-2013


“Doesn’t the mayor have anything more important to do than worry about ice cream trucks?”

Walt G.
2-27-2013


“It still doesn’t sit well with me that Mayor Lane held his state of the city speech at the W Hotel. It sent a horrible message to residents about whose side he’s on downtown. Why he didn’t hold the affair at a neutral site is anybody’s guess. What would have been wrong with having it at the Performing Arts Center?”

Debi O.
2-27-2013


“There’s not a bigger bore in Scottsdale than Mayor Jim Lane. Every time I watch a council meeting on television and he speaks, I turn down the sound.

Vern R.
2-26-2013


“I couldn’t agree with you more about Jim Lane making a great state treasurer. He would probably be a better treasurer than mayor.”

Missy
2-25-2013


“We appreciate you including that e-mail from J.P. Twist to give the mayor’s assistant a chance to speak out on the safety issues in the entertainment district. Being fair to people in politics is a lost art. Please keep up the good work.”

Bob and Karen G.
2-25-2013


“Why refuse to mention the third bullet on the agenda I sent you? Bars with three or more calls for ‘acts of violence’ within a one month period will be required to hire two off-duty police officers on peak nights for a period of three months.”

J.P. Twist
Chief of Staff to Scottsdale Mayor


“Martini Ranch wouldn’t hire one of my buddies last year because they said he was over qualified. He has a degree in criminal justice studies.”

Chad T.
1-24-2013


“I thought the Western Museum was dead and buried. Now I see it’s back on the council’s agenda Tuesday night. What’s up with that?”

Chuck W.
2-24-2013


“I wouldn’t be here at the mayor’s State of the City speech unless my boss made me! #SOS”

The Whistleblower
2-21-2013


“Frankly … I’ve heard enough about the entertainment area to last me a lifetime. It is what it is … out of control, and it’s not going to change.”

Anonymous
2-20-2013


“Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying to increase safety measures in the bar district. The bar businesses should pay for the environment they’re responsible for creating that is ruining our downtown.”

Chester N.
2-20-2013


“I don’t know what you have against partying. Bet you’re one of the blue-hair bitties who belong to (Bill) Crawford’s group of people who go to bed at 8:30. How about some fair reporting? You’re letting you bias show.”

Lance R.
2-20-2013


“Why in the hell won’t the bar owners downtown employ local police officers who aren’t on duty. Are they taking the lead from Jim Lane who, based on his past behavior, is anti-police?”

Cheryl
2-19-2013


“It’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Mr. Twist. Serving as Mayor Lane’s chief of staff has to be a challenge. Fronting for the mayor’s bad ideas, for instance meeting with the bar owners without any city council member, was foolish … as well any other meetings with them without someone to keep Lane accountable.”

James O.
2-18-2013


“I can’t help but wonder if J.P. Twist sent the Republic a note like the one he sent you after the newspaper took the mayor to task. My money says, not!”

Craig H.
2-18-2013


“Why wasn’t the chief of police quoted in the report in the newspaper? It would be important to know what he thinks about preventing more violence in the entertainment district.”

Shelia E.
2-16-2013


“I’ve been a security person at the same bar downtown for two years. Not every person who works security in the bars fits your description of ‘being one step removed from customers.’ There are many of us who take our jobs seriously. We’re not there to party. We get paid to protect good people from bad people.”

Name Withheld
2-16-2013


“I believe we need to give Mayor Lane and the bars time to work this safety issue out. They’re going to need time to turn the situation around. I’m just glad that someone is willing to do something about the stuff taking place downtown. It’s just sad that someone had to be killed before something was done.”

William S.
2-16-2013


“In the 4 years she was on the city council, I can’t remember Lisa Borowsky ever smiling. She seemed to be a very bored and unhappy person.”

Debby O.
2-15-2012


“You raise a great point by noting bar owners couldn’t be trusted to handle the level of noise in the bar district but are now going to be responsible for controlling the volatile behavior of some of their customers. What a joke. Don’t hold your breath. Lane is working with the bar owners to pull the wool over our eyes.”

Carey W.
2-15-2013


“What do the bar people have on Jim Lane that makes him so willing to run interference for them to make downtown safer?”

Hal P.
2-15-2013


“You’re right, the bars and restaurants would like nothing more than to ‘self police’ their establishments. If it was anybody but them, that could probably work.”

A.G.
2-15-2013


“I can’t remember a politician putting his foot in his mouth as often as Jim ‘Fluke’ Lane.”

Anonymous
2-14-2013


I suggest that everyone should visit the bar district at closing time at least once. If everyone did that, they’d understand just how bad the problems are down there. Too many people in too small of space – and way too messed up!!!”

Gary B.
2-13-2013


“I’ll hazard a well-educated guess that a good half of the crimes in the bar district don’t even get reported.”

Name Withheld
2-13-2013


“From the sounds of what I just heard watching the council meeting, the city treasurer (David Smith) shouldn’t be getting too comfortable.”

Just Saying
2-12-2013


“Jim Lane stopped being transparent after his first year as mayor.”

Vicki
2-11-2013


“Does anybody know what’s preventing the bars from hiring off-duty Scottsdale cops? That should be a no-brainer, if the bar owners are really serious about making the Entertainment District safer.”

Cathy Y.
2-11-2013


“Scottsdale bars are getting a bad rap. They’re no worse than any bars anywhere else in the Valley.”

Corky T.
2-10-2013


“The mayor is well within his job to reach out to the bar owners in the entertainment area. We should give him a chance to get something done. If that doesn’t work, there are plenty of options available to crack down on the bad bars who are ruining it for the good ones.”

Betty S.
2-9-2013


“I used to work in one of the more prominent bars downtown. I worked in the area for 4 years, so I got a pretty good feel for the management culture. Trust me, the bars are pretty much like a lot of businesses who try to cut corners to make more money. Security isn’t exactly a priority.”

Susan S.
2-9-2013


“So I guess the bouncer at Martini Ranch slipped and fell on a knife five times!”

Fuzzy Wuzzy
2-9-2013


“Who would blame the council members for being steamed that the mayor has taken it upon himself to meet with the people who own the bars without them? Clearly Lane is trying to totally control what could be a very bad situation downtown. I can’t wait to hear what comes out of these meetings. My guess is window dressing.”

Frank G.
2-9-2013


“God bless you.”

Anonymous
2-8-2013


“I’d like to hear more about why the bars don’t hire Scottsdale police for security. It doesn’t make sense.”

Julie
2-7-2013


I still feel safe downtown. Just because someone was killed, doesn’t mean the bar area has turned into the ‘killing fields.’”

Chad F.
2-7-2013


“The way the city has allowed the bar district to rage out of control is deplorable. I remember when you said you were from Scottsdale that we used to be proud. Now when people think about our city they think about drinking and recreational drug use. So now we’ve added homicide to the list!”

Jane Ann
2-7-2013


“And civilian security guards are not sworn officers subject to professional standards.”

John W.
2-7-2013


“Good job! Lane and company were told and retold that stabbings and shootings would follow the rowdy drunks in our downtown. Now that we’re there, to exclude residents and organizations is worse than an insult.”

JWG
2-7-2013


“It’s too bad that the Parada del Sol Parade and Rodeo is being overshadowed by things like the Phoenix Open and all of the car auctions. Our city has some traditions worth honoring. Somehow the city has let the Parada del Sol weekend slip through the cracks. What a shame.”

Craig W.
2-4-2013


“I see where Scottsdale is supposed to be the most romantic city in the country. Tell that to all of the people who are divorced or are in the process of getting one.”

Liz S.
2-4-2012


“It’s widely known throughout city departments that Brent Stockwell would like nothing more than to gut the Human Resources Department. When will the city manager learn, even if he is only temporary, that Stockwell is one dangerous hombre?”

Name Withheld
2-2-2013


“Don’t forget that Brent Stockwell was Mayor Lane’s first choice to be Scottsdale city manager two years ago. That should really tell us something about the unholy alliances Stockwell has that automatically make him anti-employee.”

Linda G.
1-31-2013


“If anybody thinks the bar district doesn’t have issues, look no further than the recent attack on the bouncer at one of the more prominent downtown watering holes. If someone who’s paid to keep customers safe isn’t safe, what kind of messages does that send to our tourists?

Ray E.
1-31-2013


“Now that we have a different city council, I’ll lay you odds that (Treasurer) David Smith won’t last the year.”

Rodeo Queen
1-31-2013


“You described Brent Stockwell to a T. How he has been able to survive as an employee of the city is baffling!”

Anonymous
1-29-2013


“It’s only a matter of time before the seven members of the council return to their old ways. I seriously doubt if they can stay on their good behavior for much longer.”

Robert H.
1-28-2013


“I’ve seen lots of council people come and go as a long-time resident of Scottsdale. I sincerely hope this 2013 council will return to a time and tone when members of the council conducted themselves more civilly. Perhaps with a new councilwoman like Virginia Korte things will change. Virginia is a good example of what our elected officials should be.”

Deborah G.
1-28-2013


“I’m confused. I’ve read several stories in the newspaper lately about the Cultural Council. I can’t figure out if it’s good news or bad news, or whether they’re operating in the black or red. Can’t you help?”

Val B.
1-25-2013


“Regulating pedicabs may just be the issue we can all agree on. I think Bill Crawford is right about restricting them to the bar district. Pedicabs have no business on major streets like Scottsdale Road, they’re accidents just waiting to happen.”

Phoebe T.
1-24-2013


“Does the Scottsdale School District really want to build seven new schools or am I just imagining that? That can’t be real … could it? No way no how.”

Bonnie W.
1-23-2013


“I was one of the lucky 400 employees to get a raise. Thank you, council.”

XOXO
1-23-2013


“Bob Littlefield rocks!!! It was no surprise that Councilman Littlefield was the one to have the city take action on the pedicab situation. I hope the city does a better job addressing the pedicab issue than they did on the noise ordinance.”

Nancy C.
1-23-2013


“My wife has been an employee of the City of Scottsdale for 8 years. I want to personally thank the members of the city council for doing the right thing tonight. She is not one of the 400 people getting a pay raise, but we still appreciate that the council took a giant step in restoring an element of respect to the city’s workforce.”

Ken F.
1-22-2013


“As long as Jim Lane surrounds himself with morons like the Ray Torres and Mike Mansons of this world, don’t expect him to come around to this city council’s way of thinking.”

Gary B.
1-19-2013


“Mike Fernandez’ 15 minutes of fame was up three years ago.”

Barb B.
1-18-2013


“Speaking of chemistry on the council … I sincerely hope that the bad blood will no longer have a place in the Kiva. Now that (Ron) McCullagh an (Lisa) Borowsky have left the council, I believe there’s a better chance that the council can get more done without all of the animosity.”

Tom C.
1-18-2013


“Mike Fernandez used to be entertaining. For a while he was amusing. Now he’s just plain irritating. I support free speech. But when people like Fernandez abuse that right, they should be called out. Thanks for your column.”

Patty G.
1-16-2013


“I’m willing to give the mayor a chance to change his political spots.”

Betty P.
1-16-2013


“In your latest blog you posed the question of ‘Will Mayor Lane Be Part of New Political Chemistry?’ I wouldn’t advise holding your breath. Lane is affiliated with the Goldwater Institute, which should say enough. He’s not a guy willing to see other points of view. I think we’re going to see four more years of the same old ideology.”

Virgil Z.
1-15-2012


“Up until recently, I worked at the legislature. Michelle Ugenti’s nickname given to her by staff was ‘Lolita.’ Her full name is ‘Lolita of the Legislature.’”

Name Withheld
1-13-2013


“Jennifer Petersen would have served Scottsdale much better than Michelle Ugenti. It’s a shame that Jennifer didn’t win.”

Lee R.
1-12-2013


“I agree that Ms. Ugenti is a joke. But at the same time she is no laughing matter. People such as her in a position like being a state legislator can be a very dangerous proposition. I hope your readers don’t underestimate the harm she can do, especially the impact she can have on Scottsdale’s image.”

Gene J.
1-12-2013


“I appreciate your comprehensive blog about Representative Ugenti, However, you left out a critical part of how she was elected. Tens of thousands of dollars were dumped into an ugly campaign to disparage and defeat her opponent, Jennifer Petersen.”

Ted F.
1-11-2013


“Don’t blame me. I didn’t vote for Michelle Ugenti.”

Phil O.
1-11-2013


“What are the odds that two women like Michelle Ugenti and Lisa Borowsky, can be elected from the same place like Scottsdale, no less?”

Kathy M.
1-11-2013


“Thank you for exposing (so to speak) Michelle Ugenti for what she is. As long as Scottsdale voters continue to send her back to the Legislature, they have nobody to blame but themselves.”

Smokey
11-11-2013


“After watching the first council meeting last night and Michael Fernandez going off on Virginia Korte, it looks like he is hands down the city’s village idiot. He doesn’t even live in Scottsdale. People like him … oh, never mind. There’s nobody like him.”

Name Withheld
1-9-2013


“Mayor W.J. ‘Jim’ Lane is going to be in for quite a shock this year. He will no longer have Ron McCullagh to carry his water and Lisa Borowsky to tag along. It could get very lonely for the mayor.”

Donald G.
1-7-2013


“It had to happen sooner or later. I’m just surprised that accidents like the one involving the pedicab early this morning don’t happen more often. Pedicab operators need stiffer regulations imposed on them. They also shouldn’t be allowed outside of the entertainment district.”

Lambchops
1-5-2013


“I’m looking forward to the start of this year’s new City Council season. Guy Phillips and Virginia Korte are like the odd couple – but I believe they’ll both be good for our city in different ways.”

Bruce W.
1-3-2013


“I think it was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve in the downtown area. No fights, shootings or stabbings … at least none we know of.”

Millie S.
1-2-2013


“Happy New Year
Voice of Scottsdale readers!”

Pam and Ed
1-1-2013


“I support developing the DDC. Although I wish it was less expensive. Hopefully, it will pay for itself many times over with tourist dollars.”

Carey E.
12-31-2012


“The idea of a Desert Visitors’ Center has been around for as long as I can remember. If it’s such a hot idea, why hasn’t it been built?”

Carleigh R.
12-29-2012


“If funding for the Discovery Center ends up on a bond ballot, you can kiss your bond election good-bye!”

Sally D.
12-28-2012


“I’ve worked in the tourism industry for 18 years. In my business we call things like the Desert Discovery Center a lost leader. But an investment of more than $70 million in a show horse that won’t pay for itself in a city the size of Scottsdale is not good business. It’s a good concept, but they need to winnow down the costs so it makes sense.

Gary F.
12-28-2012


“Just because the Cultural Council has kept its name out of the news, doesn’t mean that things have changed. It has gotten worse for employees. The paranoia that trickles from the top of the organization, including Mike Miller and other members of the board, has created a hostile environment. Another year passes and Bill Banchs transgressions are swept under the rug. It’s not going to be a happy new year at the Cultural Council.”

Name Withheld
12-23-2012


“Your blog wasn’t the first place I’ve heard that David Richert thinks he can return as the city manager. Is he nuts, or what?”

Penny
12-21-2012


“Lisa Borowsky may be gone, but she won’t be forgotten. She left her mark on the city council. Maybe more like a stain.”

Heather T.
12-20-2012


“Isn’t it funny that City Treasurer David Smith doesn’t allow pay raises for the masses, yet his own employees regularly get raises through position adjustments. Most recent is Judy Mcllory. Her position is city budget manager but she was upgraded to city budget director. Same job but more money. Please do a public records request and find out for yourselves how often this had happened.”

Anonymous
12-20-2012


“Dear Santa: My only Christmas wish is that Dan Worth doesn’t become the permanent city manager.”

Frosty
12-19-2012


“It will be interesting to see how Ron McCullagh is remembered for his 8 years on the council. Probably somewhere between Tom Silverman and Kevin Osterman.”

Hugh S.
12-17-2012


“Thank you for telling it like it is about Dan Worth and David Smith. These two are definitely a dangerous duo.”

Zeth Y.
12-17-2012


“The temporary city manager having a hand in building the annual budget is like turning the fox loose in the hen house. Remember that I told you so.”

A Former Employee
12-15-2012


“We have already started an office pool for how long the next city manager will last.”

Donna
12-14-2012


“There comes a time when somebody has to accept the responsibility for hiring city managers that don’t meet the city’s standards. It’s hard to understand how a person can be hired with great fanfare and then fall so quickly from grace.”

Bebe
12-14-2012


“If, as you say, Dan Worth is David Smith’s ‘toady,’ then that makes Brent Stockwell his ‘rat.’”

Dr. Doolittle
12-14-2012


“I don’t blame the Citizens’ Bond Committee for not wanting to endorse the Desert Discovery Center for the 2013 bond package. That’s the kind of expensive project that could sink the whole bond election.”

Donna R.
12-12-2012


“The lack of responses by an organization to step forward to operate the proposed Desert Discovery Center should send a clear message to the city that the concept in its present iteration doesn’t make sense. The free market is speaking loud and clear to those who have big dreams and empty pockets.

Spanky
12-10-2012


“We know you call yourself the ‘voice’ of Scottsdale, but we are thankful that someone is willing to expose what’s going on in our city government and being a voice for the city’s employees. We all had such high hopes that Dan Worth would be fair and not fall into the trap of trying to get ahead at the expense of city employees. Please keep up the good work!”

Frontline Employees
12-9-2012


“I usually agree with your blogs. However, the last couple columns expose your bias that favors employees and is critical of management. Sorry, but someone has to be an employee and someone has to be a manager. It’s the way our system works. Time to get over it.”

Frank S.
12-9-2012


“It’s about time the city installed more red light cameras. I’m not in favor of photo radar cameras. But we need to do everything we can to prevent those horrendous car crashes in intersections.”

Judith W.
12-7-2012


“I thought the day would never come that Lisa Borowsky and Ron McCullagh would finally leave the city council. I’m looking forward to a fresh start with the new council in January. Borowsky and McCullagh are leaving behind quite a mess. But I’m optimistic that people like Guy Phillips and Virginia Korte are up to the task of cleaning up. It’s important to remember that they’re going to need a little time to restore some sanity to city hall.”

Jan D
.
12-7-2012


“David Smith is mean spirited. Dan Worth is a lemming. Bernadette La Mazza is incompetent. How did the City of Scottsdale attract such employees? We should be able to do much better.”

Carolyn P
.
12-6-2012


“I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know the technical definition of a ‘hostile workplace.’ I do know that the environment in many city departments is toxic.”

Lori H.
12-2-2012


“For those people who are convinced that David Smith is conspiring to take over city government, you’re giving him too much credit. Trust me, he’s not that smart.”

Anonymous
11-30-2012


“If the senior staff continues to treat rank and file employees like pawns in their political game, don’t be surprised if someone doesn’t try to organize them to join a union.”

Name Withheld
11-30-2012


“Why is the City Council letting the City Treasurer make policy?”

Craig T.
11-29-2012


EDITORS NOTE:
Due to the outpouring of email in response to the previous column (“Treasurer’s Power Play Has Employees On Edge”), only a representative sample of responses appear below.

“How much longer is the city council going to look the other way and let David Smith destroy city government?”

Mr. Curious
11-28-2012


“Thanks to people like Dan Worth and Bernadette LaMazza, city employees’ morale is at an all-time low. We can do better!”

Bruce T.
11-28-2012


“I’ve worked for the City of Scottsdale in one of the city’s smaller divisions for more than two years. Before coming here, I worked for the cities of Tempe and Mesa. Scottsdale is the worst managed city of the three. I can’t believe the arrogance. Senior managers act like it’s a privilege to work for Scottsdale. Oh, how wrong they are. I’m now looking for another job.”

Name Withheld
11-28-2012


“I thought voters elected Jim Lane to be mayor. I don’t remember David Smith’s name anywhere on the ballot.”

Tom G.
11-28-2012


“I would like to know when someone is going to call bullshit on David Smith. He’s a pompous phony who hates employees. He has no business sticking his nose in all of the things in which he tries to intervene.”

Donna G.
11-28-2012


“Bernadette LaMazza shouldn’t be running the city’s HR Department. She’s in way over her head. The entire department needs to be gutted and a new one built from scratch. We need a new philosophy. Employees don’t trust anyone currently there. Time to clean house.”

Carey P.
11-28-2012


“Our City Council needs to get on with hiring a permanent city manager … the sooner the better.”

Bill C.
11-28-2012


“Thanks for exposing what goes on behind the scenes at the city. Without the
Voice of Scottsdale, people would have no clue what was really happening.”

Pat K.
11-28-2012


“I’ve worked for the city for almost 12 years, and can’t believe that Dan Worth has turned into such a two-faced slime ball.”

Anonymous
11-27-2012


“I along with two of my co-workers attended the first employee briefing meeting put on by the Human Resources Dept. All three of us felt that the meeting wasn’t as much an informational one as one that HR was trying to sell us on the fact that the compensation plan the city council wants to use is too expensive to implement. What hogwash! The HR Dept. is supposed to be on our side!!!”

Name Withheld
11-27-2012

“The day Dan Worth becomes the real city manager is the day I quit my job.”

Phil G.
11-27-2012


“I agree with your assessment that (David) Smith really runs the city through manipulation and lies. It is time for the new council to fire him. This will paralyze (Mayor) Lane, too.”

Name Withheld
11-27-2012


“’Matador management style’ – that’s a pretty clever phrase. Are you anonymous, or may I know who you are? Some folks say you’re pretty spot on in your analysis.”

Becky F.
11-27-2012


“Thank you very much for bringing the employee salary issue to light. The people who live in Scottsdale but don’t work for the city need to know what some of us have to put up with. Our last two city managers (David Richert and John Little) were employee-friendly, because they understood the importance of the city being able to keep the best employees.”

Shelia E.
11-27-2012


“What is it about the holidays that seems to spawn so many crazy rumors … like that Kathy Littlefield is going to run for the council, David Richert is going to be rehired as city manager and Jim Lane is going to be recalled?”

Buckwheat
11-22-2012


There was never a doubt that the new Mercedes-Benz dealership was going to sail through the approval process. Even Bob Littlefield supported it, which should tell the neighbors something.”

Victoria S.
11-22-2012


“I find it funny that Shawn Yari hired a public relations person to speak for him. I thought Shawn could speak English.”

Name Withheld
11-21-2012


“The North Chamber of Commerce owes Guy Phillips and his family an apology. What goes around comes around.”

Trudy W.
11-18-2012


“As a member of the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, I was absolutely appalled by our organization’s trashing of Guy Phillips. I’m not alone. Please, for anyone who reads this email, don’t think the actions of a few speak for our entire organization.”

Name Withheld
11-16-2012


“I wasn’t going to vote for Guy Phillips until I saw the television commercial slamming him. I wonder how many others voted for Mr. Phillips for the same reason?”

Peggy Jean
11-15-2012


“Is the Northern Chamber of Commerce so out of touch that they think they can have an affect on keeping a company like U.S. Airways in the Valley. They should stick to what they do best … attacking political candidates like Guy Phillips.”

Abner H.
11-14-2012


“EXCELLENT PIECE!
(“Chamber’s Futile Campaign Fails Business Community”) We had high hopes for the ‘new’ Northern Chamber. They are in deep mud as the ‘Lesser’ Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.”

Sonnie K.
11-13-2012


“Copper Phillips and Chris Schaffner were terrific candidates. I bet if they run again in two years one of them is sure to be elected. Maybe even both of them.”

Pete G.
11-10-2012


“I don’t know what to make of the ruling that Lane, Borowsky and McCullagh weren’t out of line when they attacked Police Chief Rodbell. I saw that meeting, and know what I saw and heard. Okay, it may not have been unethical, but it was still wrong. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Vivian M.
11-9-2012


“I was disappointed that Eric Luoma wasn’t elected. I believe he would have made a good councilman, because he’s a local businessman with roots in our city. From what I hear, he should have campaigned harder. I hope he learned a little something. It would be nice to see him back running in two years.”

Bill F.
11-8-2012


“Virginia Korte, Suzanne Klapp and Guy Phillps on the city council … I can live with that. But I don’t know if Mayor Lane can?”

Tootsie
11-8-2012


“I, for one, hope that the skyline trail ends up on next November’s ballot. Let voters send Doug Syndor and Jason Rose a message. Since they don’t seem to be listening to anybody else, maybe they’ll get the idea when voters tell them NO!”

Donna H.
11-8-2012


“I am not sure if the election results are final, but it sounds like Guy Phillips has been elected to the City Council. This should make meetings entertaining. Lisa Borowsky out, Guy Phillips in. Sure, why not?

Richard S.
11-7-2012


“The plan for the Skyline Trail makes Sky Song look like a great investment!”

Walt D.
11-7-2012


“Anyone who knows Jason Rose realizes he’s just a show-off out to promote himself. Make no mistake, this sky trail is all about him. He hasn’t done one thing for this city that doesn’t somehow line his own pockets.”

Phobe R.
11-6-2012


“Thank you for exposing the elevated trail for what it is. Folly!!!”

Judith O.
11-6-2012


“I’ve lived in South Scottsdale for 37 years. So I’ve witnessed all of the ups and downs of this area of our great city. I’ve also heard the promises that have been made and seen the promises that have been broken. But during this entire time, I’ve never heard such a crazy idea as the sky bridge being proposed for McDowell Road. It’s an insult to my intelligence.”

Frank L.
11-6-2012


“Personally, I think Jim Lane is an above average mayor for being an average certified public accountant.”

Rachel M.
11-5-2012


“I would have thought with all of the City of Scottsdale’s ties to Goldwater Institute, Scottsdale would have been a shoe in to land the Goldwater Library. Oh well, better luck next time.”

Nick P.
11-4-2012


“If she’s elected to the Corporation Commission, Susan Bitter Smith has a problem. She’s a lobbyist for God’s sake!!!

Beaver
11-4-2012


“Truthfully, I got fed up a long time ago hearing about Scottsdale’s cachet. If you’ve got to brag about it, it means you don’t have it.”

June C
.
11-3-2012


“If Guy Phillips ends up being elected to the City Council, he’ll have the North Chamber of Commerce to thank. The hatchet job they did on him would have only driven more people to vote for him.”

Donna V.
11-3-2012


“As a long time resident of Scottsdale, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Our city is where the bar is set for every city and town in Arizona. I’m proud to call Scottsdale home.”

Craig D.
11-3-2012


“For the longest time I’ve felt that Mesa has suffered from an inferiority complex. It took someone like Mayor Smith to come along for the city to build up its self-esteem. Mesa will never be another Scottsdale, but it sure is better than it used to be.”

Peter Y.
11-3-2012


“Jim Lane is no Scott Smith.”

Flip P.
11-2-2012


“My family lived in Mesa for almost 22 years before we moved to Scottsdale last year. I have more than a passing interest in what now looks like the evolution of Mesa. Just our luck. We leave Mesa and then it starts making something of itself. I wish everyone of my many friends in Mesa all the best.”

Shirley G.
11-2-2012


“Isn’t it about time that someone calls the city treasurer on the carpet for trying to do other people’s jobs? David Smith has absolutely no business sticking his nose into the employee pension and compensation issues.”

Carl P.
10-31-2012


“Trick or Treat? It looks like Halloween has come early for the people in South Scottsdale. It’s hard to believe that the $50 million hair-brain idea for the Elevated Trail on McDowell Road has returned. We need to drive a stake through it.”

Lindy R.
10-29-2012


“The only candidate running for a seat on the council that I’ve heard talk about the city General Plan is Chris Schaffner. It’s the number one issue in my neighborhood.”

Victoria W.
10-27-2012


“Note that literally two days after former City Manager (John) Little says in a council (candidates) forum ‘watch out for Mesa,’ (Mesa Mayor) Scott Smith announces the Goldwater Library for his downtown. Why not the Goldwater Library on Goldwater Blvd. & Main Street next to the proposed Western Museum?”

Name Withheld
10-25-2012


“We voted for Mr. McCullagh both times he ran for the city council. It’s sad that he’s leaving the council and will probably be remembered most for how he recently went off on a tangent about Police Chief Rodbell.”

Bill and Shirley S.
10-24-2012

“Is there any special interest group in Scottsdale that’s doesn’t want the revenue from the bonds that will probably be on next November’s ballot?”

Roger U.
10-24-2012


“I don’t think that public safety services are “at risk.” Cooler heads on the council will surely prevail. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even Mayor Jim Lane. He lost credibility in my house years ago when he started dancing to the music of the Goldwater Institute.”

Pat C.
10-24-2012


“We’ve come to expect that Lisa ‘Airhead’ Borowsky doesn’t have a nice word to say about Scottsdale Police. But it’s surprising to hear Jim Lane teaming up with her to bash SPD.”

Melinda T.
10-23-2012


“I fail to understand why (Councilman) Ron McCullagh keeps harping about our police department. In every city I’ve lived in the last 27 years, the city council supports law enforcement. I believe it sends terrible signals to our community to have an elected official constantly criticizing the men and women who are responsible for protecting citizens. They deserve better treatment.”

Topper
10-23-2012


“Jim Lane and Ron McCullagh should be arrested for the way they treated Police Chief Rodbell last week.”

Katy P.
10-22-2012


“I saw the neighbors protesting the new Mercedes dealership near Fashion Square Saturday. People shouting and waving signs seem out of place in Scottsdale.”

Jane S.
10-21-2012


“When he hung the police chief out to dry in the council meeting, the temporary city manager, Dan Worth, showed his true colors. I hope he really doesn’t intend to stay on in that position. The employees of the city need someone they can trust. Worth isn’t the man for the job.”

Franklin
10-202012


“It’s hard to believe that Lisa Borowsky is an attorney. What kind of law does she practice? Who are her clients? How did she pass the bar exam?

Buster R.
10-20-2012


“I believe Jim Lane is a ticking time bomb. I thought he was going to explode Tuesday night at the council meeting. No such luck.”

Betty S.
10-20-2012


“When I was a civilian employee of one of our city’s public safety departments, it was common knowledge that Ron McCullagh had no real life experiences that prepared him to be critical of either the police or fire departments. We also knew that Lisa Borowsky was a joke. Thankfully, their uninformed opinions don’t represent all of the members of the city council.

Name Withheld
10-19-2012


“I believe the council has every right to ask Police Chief Alan Rodbell for answers to why his department is a half a million dollars over budget. But that doesn’t give them the right to roast him.”

Roy P.
10-19-2012


“During his 8 years on the council, I have watched Ron McCullagh become of first-class jerk. His attitude about the police and firefighters is becoming embarrassing and unbearable. Time for him to go. Hope he never has a need to call 911.”

Spanky
10-19-2012


“After watching last night’s council meeting, one word comes to mind … shameful. The police chief does not answer to the city council. His immediate superior is the city manager. Look it up, it’s in the charter.”

Donna R.
10-19-2012


“We watched the grilling of Alan Rodbell, the best police chief any city could have. A man who, particularly a law enforcement officer of his integrity, should not have been subjected to such treatment from Ron McCullagh, Lisa Borowsky and, of all people, Jim Lane. It was truly disgusting. Thank goodness McCullagh and Borowsky will soon be gone and this council can get its priorities straight.”

George and Tammy W.
10-18-2012


“Election day can’t come soon enough. The robo calls, the TV commercials and those dreadful signs on the street are reminders of how ugly politics is … literally.”

Becky T.
10-17-2012


“Spot on. Thank you for the blog putting together the three opportunities you mentioned (“When Is A Resignation An Opportunity). Keep up your insightful work.”

William G.
10-17-2012


“Guy Phillips can’t be as bad as the horrible advertising coming from the North Chamber of Commerce says. No one deserves to be slammed the way Mr. Phillips has been.”

Milly W.
10-16-2012


“My Father always said that ‘When one door closes another one opens.’ I hope we get a new city manager that lasts longer than two years, a director of the HR department who knows what he or she is doing and that the Public Art Department and the Cultural Council can iron out their differences.”

Donna R.
10-16-2012


“It’s shameful what Valerie (Vadala Homer) had to put up with. She helped establish the Public Arts Program as one of the best west of the Mississippi. Being kicked to the curb (believe me, she was), was unjustified.”

Willa
10-15-2012


“Take it from me. If it were up to the rank and file employees who work at the Cultural Council, Bill Banchs would have been gone long ago. And don’t be surprised some if people in other high-level positions are urged to leave. Stand by for more.”

Name Withheld
10-15-2012


“Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m going to miss Lisa Borowsky when she’s not on the city council. She’s given us 4 years of solid entertainment.”

Mr. Lap Dance
10-14-2012


“Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte and Eric Luoma are right on the money. We need to juice up the city’s economy with jobs. You never know when the next recession is going to hit. There are more people out of work in Scottsdale than most people realize.”

Kathy G.
10-13-2012


“I single-shot Guy Phillips on my early ballot. He’s my guy!”

Pistol Pete
10-12-2012


“We watched the Chamber of Commerce’s city council candidates’ forum. It was nice to see all of the candidates together at one time exchanging comments. It helped us make up our minds about who to vote for. We can’t recall when it was so obvious the difference in the people running.”

Jake and Rachel E.
10-10-2012


“Instead of a car dealership at Scottsdale Road and Highland Ave, how about a car wash or gas station?”

Walt T.
10-7-2012


“I’m not opposed to fancy cars, like Mercedes. God knows Scottsdale has its share of them. But I drive American Made Cars. I always have and always will.”

Robert H.
10-4-2012


“Take it from someone who knows … Terry Welker, the director of the Human Resources Department, did not resign!”

Judy W.
10-3-2012


“The last time I checked, the address where they want to put the new Mercedes dealer isn’t a neighborhood.”

Phil U.
10-3-2012


“You have no idea how bad Terry Welker was until you had to work with him.”

Name Withheld
10-2-2012


“LOL … maybe they’ll call me out of retirement to straighten out that mess (“Shake Up at City”).

John G.
10-2-2012


“As long-time residents of one of the communities that will be impacted by the ‘luxury car dealership’ in downtown, we want to let your readers know we are not going away. We will fight the dealership, which is no more than just another development project, with whatever it takes to keep the car lot from locating downtown. We assure you that we and many of our neighbors are committed to preventing this development from ruining our neighborhood.”

Frank and Carol F.
10-2-2012


“I couldn’t help but notice that the city didn’t announce Terry Welker’s resignation until almost 5 o’clock Friday afternoon. So were they hoping nobody would notice?”

Phoebe T.
9-28-2012


“Randy Grant is a walking conflict of interest who should never have been rehired by the City of Scottsdale. Once someone has worked for the city, then leaves, they should never be permitted to return. It looks bad and smells even worse.”

Karl P.
9-28-2012


“Yeah! Terry Welker has resigned as Human Resources Director! Let the healing begin!”

Undisclosed
9-28-2012


“Thank you for bringing issues to light that would otherwise go unreported.”

Ruth G.
9-27-2012


“Trust me … what’s going on in the city’s economic development department is 10 times worse than the human resources department. Been there, seen that!”

Name Withheld
9-27-2012


“Dan Worth, the interim city manager, is a good guy. I know he isn’t allowed to be the permanent CM, but it would be good for the city if he were. Dan is ex-military. I think he would bring to the city the discipline that is needed throughout most departments, not just economic development and human resources.”

A City Employee
9-26-2012


“Lots of important issues here (“Political Incest Breeding Bad Government”). Suggest you focus on each one with more depth! Keep at it!!!!”

John G.
9-26-2012


“As the owners of a condominium in the neighborhood where Mayor Lane wants the Mercedes to go, we will oppose such an inappropriate idea. It might as well be a topless club!”

Names Withheld
9-25-2012


“We should all say a prayer for Mark Grace. He deserves the chance to get his life back together. God bless Gracie.”

Linda W.
9-25-2012


“The new Mercedes dealership coming to Scottsdale is a real score for our city. I don’t have the kind of money it takes to drive a Mercedes, but I believe it makes perfect sense, especially the location. Great to make that big dirt lot go away on Highland.”

Eric E.
9-25-2012


“I would love to see three women elected to the city council. Copper Phillips, Suzanne Klapp and Virginia Korte would bring a lot of common sense to the council.”

Joan L.
9-20-2012


“Has this city council ever seen a project for a downtown bar owner that they didn’t like?”

Tipsy R.
9-19-2012


“Being originally from Chicago, nobody was sorrier to see Mark Grace end up on the wrong side of the law than me. He’s a role model for people of all ages who should know better. I hope he gets the kind of professional help he needs and will be back in the broadcast booth soon.”

Steve N.
9-17-2012


“What a joke. Golf carts are the least of the problems in the downtown entertainment district.”

Doug H.
9-16-2012

“Could someone tell me why the City of Scottsdale is helping to sponsor polo matches on taxpayers’ dime? It’s an outrage.”

Ruth Ann G
.
9-15-2012


“It’s hard to believe that Michelle Ugenti gets to serve another term at the State Legislature. As long as we send kooks like her to the Capitol, nothing is going to change.”

Peter W.
9-12-2012


“I was shocked to learn that the members of our city council are only paid $18,000 a year, plus a car allowance. Some of them deserve a lot more. On the other hand, a couple deserve a lot less – so we don’t always get what we pay for.”

Sheila V.
9-10-2012


“It was good to see the Scottsdale edition of the Republic do some real reporting for a change. I’m glad they exposed the city’s planning commission for what it is, a rubber stamp for the zoning attorneys and developers. Where else but Scottsdale could there be such a conflict of interest and have people look the other way.”

Pat J.
9-6-2012


“After Tuesday’s election, it looks like Lisa Borowsky’s political career is dead. R.I.P. 2008 – 2012.

Chas L.
9-2-2012


“Did anyone actually think that Valerie Homer was going to last at the Cultural Council? Not me. Sorry to see her go.”

Pat C.
9-2-2012


“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that there are almost 7,000 new apartments in the pipeline for our city. Where can we put them and who’s going to live there? Never in a million years did I think that Scottsdale would become the apartment capital of Arizona!

Andrew T.
9-1-2012


“No matter what people think of some of the 11 candidates who ran for the City Council, I think we owe them all a big thank you. It took real courage and commitment for these men and women to step up for our city.”

Scottsdale Spirit
9-1-2012


“I was truly disappointed to learn that Jennifer Petersen wasn’t elected to the State Legislature. Losing is one thing – but being defeated by a politician like Michele Ugenti, a Tea Party member, is sad. I hope that Ms. Petersen runs again. We need more moderate Republicans in the Legislature, not Right Wing whackos like Ugenti.”

Buck
8-30-2012


“We are glad that the election is over. No more robo calls, direct mail or baseless accusations. Unfortunately, it’s all going to start up again.”

Peter and Gail P.
8-30-2012


“Virginia Korte is #1!”

Craig H.
8-29-2012


“A head-to-head election between Jim Lane and John Washington is something I would have preferred. If Drew Bernhardt would have stayed out of this election, we would have had a clear choice between two candidates instead of three.”

Vince W.
8-29-2012


“I was so happy to see that Guy Phillips cracked the top three vote getters in yesterday’s election. I hope he is successful in the General Election, because we need at least one more person on the council besides Bob Littlefield who will stand up against special interests.”

Sara G.
8-29-2012


“I can’t believe Wild Bill Crawford didn’t make the run-off election.”

Fan Dancer
8-29-2012


“It looks like Washington and Bernhardt gave Lane a little scare. It’s hard for me to accept that we’re going to have to experience four more years of Jim Lane … God forbid.”

Colt 45
8-28-2012


“So far only one candidate running for the city council has taken the time to contact me, Mr. Christian Serena. He answered all of my questions and made me feel like at least one person running is paying attention to me. Thank you, Christian.”

William F.
8-26-2012


“I know it’s not in vogue to say something nice about the mayor, but I think we should continue riding the horse that got us here.”

Liz M.
8-25-2012


“I took my lunch hour to watch the online chat with the candidates running for mayor that the newspaper put on. Looks like Mr. Lane has trouble with the written word.”

Debby P.
8-24-2012


“I like John Washington. What he lacks in charm he more than makes up for in the content of what he has to say.”

Roy W.
8-24-2012


“All of these automated calls from the political candidates are far worse than the telemarketing calls. When I vote Tuesday, I’ll be voting for the candidates who haven’t called me. Hope they get the message.”

Hank L.
8-24-2012


“I can’t wait to see Mayor Lane’s campaign finance statement later today. I like to follow the money, because it tells me a lot about a candidate.”

Pam H.
8-24-2012


“I’m sick and tired of getting all these big postcards from the candidates. I’m starting to dread going to my mailbox.”

Carl T.
8-22-2012


“Why does Mayor Lane feel compelled to spend so much money on all of that newspaper advertising bragging about himself? Imagine all the better uses that money could be used for.”

Rita D.
8-21-2012


“As if these political signs I see everywhere I go isn’t enough, now many of them are falling down and are all beat up. I thought Scottsdale was above this kind of visual pollution. Candidates: tear down those signs.”

Miss Crabapple
8-21-2012


“If John Washington had more money, he wouldn’t have any problem beating Mayor Lane and putting an end to the four years of nonsense that we’ve had to endure with Lane as mayor.”

Wayne S.
8-20-2012


“Who in their right mind would want to be the city manager of Scottsdale?”

Walt P.
8-19-2012



“I saw J.P. Twist, the mayor’s assistant, on Channel 11 at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. What’s with the bowtie? If Mr. Twist is trying to look intellectual, he’s got a long way to go. It’s certainly going to take more than some fancy neckwear to make him look smart.”

Pam C.
8-18-2012


“The rumor that has been going around city departments is that David Richert could be rehired in January, after there’s a new council in place. I don’t see it. But it would serve the mayor right.”

Name Withheld
8-17-2012


“Even though the council meeting Tuesday was a disaster because they couldn’t all get on the same page about the city manager issue, Council Dennis Robbins deserves credit for getting the issue of Charter Officers evaluations on the agenda. Thank you Mr. Robbins.”

Billie O.
8-16-2012


“Thanks for shining a light on the cozy relationship between Mayor Lane and the City Treasurer Smith.”

Employee of the Month
8-16-2012


“I agree. The mayor and his munchkins sold voters a bill of goods about how successful the city manager-city treasurer arrangement was going to be. If I remember correctly, the city treasurer was only supposed to keep city staff accountable. That’s not even close to what’s happening.”

Cecil O.
8-15-2012


“Anyone who wants to apply for the job of city manager should be required to watch the tape of last night’s City Council meeting.”

Spanky
8-15-2012


“Expecting to learn a little more about the selection of the new city manager process, we watched the council meeting tonight. We did learn something … no wonder why a city manager doesn’t last any longer than two years. The mayor and council are about as confused a bunch as any can be. We don’t think the city has a city manager problem as much as it does a mayor and council problem”

Bob and June T.
8-14-2012


“Right on target! The current Scottsdale City Manager/City Treasurer structure is a Frankenstein organizational feature waiting to fail!”

John G.
8-14-2012


“Well said.”

Charlie S.
8-14-2012


“Jim Lane’s postcards go right into my recycle can.”

Nancy E.
8-13-2012


“I hope Jim Lane decides to run for Congress. Hey, if Lisa Borowsky can, why can’t Jim Lane?”

Gramps
8-12-2012


“Glad there’s someone around willing to tell it like it is about Jim Lane’s campaign and the truth about what it has really been like since he became the mayor. Keep up the good work!”

Bert Y.
8-12-2012


“Thank you for last week’s two blogs. Some of our friends are on the Jim Lane bandwagon where hardy helpings of political Kool-Aid are served. It’s really nice to know we’re not alone in our perceptions of what the last four years have been like under Lane’s administration.”

Wayne and Cheryl S.
8-10-2012


“I notice that Mayor Lane’s re-election campaign isn’t trumpeting the so-so endorsement from the newspaper. Being the lesser of three evils isn’t exactly something to brag about.”

Vanessa P.
8-9-2012


“I think we’re lucky that Mr. Lane was the mayor. Just imagine how Mary Manross would have handled the city during the economic downturn. At least Lane had the good sense to do nothing as the economy started correcting itself.”

Pebbles
8-8-2012


“Finally a job Mayor Lane’s Boy Friday, J.P. Twist, is eminently qualified for … Ice Cream Truck Czar.”

Monty L.
8-7-2012


“Don’t be so naïve. This is the time of year all politicians lie to us. Singling out Mayor Lane isn’t fair. He’s no worse than any of the others who want to get into our pockets.”

Ed P.
8-7-2012


“I thought it was ‘Resorts, Rehab, Recovery.’”

Guy P.
8-7-2012


“According to my humble calculations, Mayor Lane is at least batting .500 in his first term as mayor. I think that’s pretty good given some of the challenges the city has gone through the last four years. I’ll probably be voting for him.”

Vinnie R.
8-6-2012


“Go for it!!! The only worst job Lane could do would be to teach seventh grade science, explaining that Adam and Eve played with dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden, which of course, was flat, along with the rest of the world in Lane’s book.”

JWG
8-6-2012


“Thank you for setting the record straight about Jim Lane’s checkered political past. His successes have been hit and miss at best.”

Julie K.
8-6-2012


“No wonder Lane doesn’t want to show up to debate the other two candidates (Washington and Bernhardt). Every time he does, he makes himself look like a fool. How did this guy get elected in the first place?”

Paul C.
8-6-2012


“I attended the candidate debate at D.C. Ranch the other night. Don’t know what was worse … Jim Lane’s awkward presentation or John Washington’s tie.”

Bill W.
8-4-2012


“I was going to vote for Jim Lane for re-election, but after reading who Lane endorsed, it completely changed my mind. Ugenti and Kavanagh was enough. Being of Italian descent, politicians like Ugenti, Barto, Anteneri and DiCiccio are an embarrassment to our heritage. Sorry Jim.”

Bud S.
8-2-2012


“Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky’s so-called campaign for U.S. Congress is a joke. But, hey … is anybody surprised?”

Michael R.
8-1-2012


“The only smart thing the mayor and council has done in appointing Dan Worth as interim city manager is to make sure he can’t apply for the permanent position. Much of the credit for this goes to Bob Littlefield who warned us time and time again about the down side of letting someone interview for a job like this who is already part of the city staff.”

Vi F.
8-1-2012


“I really hate to see Fire Chief Olson leave. He was a first-class chief and a good guy.”

Walt P.
7-30-2012


“I think he has sincere intentions and is probably a person with a good heart. But try as I might, I just can’t imagine Guy Phillips on our City Council. I’m afraid he would create a lot of chaos.”

Robyn G.
7-20-2012


“I’m shocked that David Richert lasted as long as he did as city manager. It’s the mayor’s way or the highway.”

Jingles
7-19-2012


“Would somebody please tell Rick Kidder, the president of the Chamber, that ‘SoSco’ is not hip, like he said in the newspaper. It’s stupid!”

Frank Y.
7-17-2012


“If it was truly the Chamber of Commerce who cooked up the latest iteration for South Scottsdale, ‘SoSco,’ they ought to stick to their day job. We need real solutions down here. Some silly little name doesn’t change a thing. It actually treats South Scottsdale like we’re second-class.”

Nancy T.
7-15-2012

“Now that David ‘You Can’t Me Fire Because I Quit’ Richert is no longer the city manager, he’ll have a lot more time in the tanning booth.”

Betty W.
7-13-2012


“Former City Manager John Little warned us this would keep happening.”

Name Withheld
7-11-2012


“Trust me. The vote to appoint Mr. Dan Worth wasn’t so much about hiring him as it was about not hiring Police Chief Rodbell by some members of the esteemed city council.”

Zipster
7-11-2012


“If the new City Council that is seated in January doesn’t hire the Police Chief (Alan Rodbell) as the new city manager, they should be immediately recalled.”

Rita S.
7-10-2012


“Dan Worth, newly-minted city manager, is just a “Yes Man” for Mayor Lane. We already have enough of those (David Smith and Brent Stockwell).”

Name Withheld
7-10-2012


“First Cowboy Ciao files for bankruptcy, and then Coco’s closes. What’s this city coming to?”

Phil W.
7-8-2012


“The so-called resignation of City Manager David Richert reminds me of the old line … ‘You can’t fire me, because I quit!’”

Frankie O.
7-4-2012


“The Cultural Council may be trying to put a good face on their arts operation, but something still smells fishy. They are more secretive than I believe an organization receiving more than $4 million each year from the city should be. Doesn’t the city have other options to manage their arts and cultural programs?”

Pat C.
6-20-2012


“Spot on!
(“How Would Rachel Sacco Solve Cultural Council’s Problems?”)

Bob L.
6-19-2012


“Rachel Sacco and Bill Banchs are truly the Yin & Yang of the City of Scottsdale. Ms. Sacco gets it. Mr. Banchs may be a lost cause.”

Ginny T.
6-19-2012


“Using ‘Jim Lane’ and ‘leadership’ in the same sentence … does that make him an oxy-moron?”

Spanky
6-17-2012


“Farming out the management of the city’s General Plan to an outside party is probably a pretty good idea. We need some outfit that’s going to be objective to break the impasse between growthers and no-growthers. It will still likely have some shortcomings, because you can’t please all of the people all of the time. But I still think it’s important to get the process out of the hands of the city’s staff.”

Paul G.
6-16-2012


“First we lose Laurie Roberts, now Robert Leger. Does that mean the newspaper won’t have any more regular columnists?”

Betty D.
6-16-2012


“I love the sound bite you chose for the recent column. Now the mayor can read how he sounds.”

Kathleen R.
6-15-2012


“We’re starting to see why Mayor Lane was so anxious to appoint and write into the City Charter the position of treasurer. Lane is using David Smith like his personal valet to walk point on the mayor’s political issues. This is wrong, and it will come back to bite the city. Maybe it already is from the looks of things.”

Earl T.
6-15-2012


“Thank you for reminding readers that Jim Lane is only one vote on the council. He may be the mayor, but it doesn’t look like that is making much difference in the grand scheme of things.”

Paula O.
6-14-2012


“I agree with Mr. Lane that Scottsdale is the ‘Best City in America.’ I wish we had a mayor to match.”

Sid F.
6-14-2012


“Who’s managing Scottsdale, any way … David ‘Dazed’ Richert or David ‘Confused’ Smith?”

Taxpayer #26,084
6-11-2012


“The newspaper has no room to talk about how to manage anything, including the police department. The paper has got troubles of its own.”

Cecil O.
6-10-2012


After watching most of the City Council meeting several nights ago, I’m seriously concerned about Mayor Lane’s fitness to serve. He seemed particularly disoriented. His ramblings about issues usually cause more confusion than anything else. I think if he refrained from asking so many dumb questions we would all be better off. I know I would.

Name Withheld
6-8-2012


“I, too, read the editorial to which you’re referring in your current blog. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Even though it’s only an opinion, it’s irresponsible journalism. Since when was the
Scottsdale Republic put in charge of setting public policy? This is absolutely baffling.”

Karl G.
6-8-2012


“How many police officers are too many for a city of our size? Has anyone asked Ron McCullagh? Bet you he knows!”

Herb C.
6-7-2012


“I’ve read my share of nutball ideas coming from our hometown newspaper, but trying to reduce our police force takes the cake. What’s next … an all-volunteer fire department?”

Peggy Sue
6-7-2012


“Even though it was only a 2% raise for city employees … something is better than nothing.”

Joe W.
6-5-2012


“There is one big group of happy people who work for the City of Scottsdale who are delighted that at least four city council people did the right thing tonight by giving employees raises. It may not be much, but it’s the thought that counts. Thank you.”

Pebbles
6-5-2012


“I was tickled to death to hear that polo was coming back to Scottsdale. I’ve always said that Scottsdale needed polo to make it a true world-class city.”

Herb G.
6-5-2012


“It’s shameful to see the newspaper shilling for Mayor Lane and his friends in the entertainment business.”

Rita. C.
6-4-2012


“Shouldn’t an incumbent mayor running for re-election be at all of the candidate debates, like he said he would?”

Scottsdale Voter
6-4-2012


“I happened to see the police tower that you wrote about. I wasn’t intimidated by it, whatsoever. I’m much more worried about what you pointed out about the bar owners trying to intimidate our police department. But I wouldn’t put anything past them. I’m mostly disappointed that the mayor had to stick his nose into the issue.”

Carolyn P.
6-1-2012


“Keep that dang tower in Glendale.”

Old Timer
6-1-2012


“Truthfully, I don’t think the police tower works. But if it is a deterrent for bad behavior downtown, bring it on!”

Susie T.
6-1-2012


“If the police chief, who I respect, wants to occasionally roll a tower into the Entertainment District, that’s his prerogative. The mayor needs to mind his own business (no pun intended).”

Darlene P.
5-31-2012


“I’ve got to side with Mayor Lane on this one. Putting a tower downtown is totally out of place. If the police department insists on using it in the future, maybe they could make it look like a cactus. Hey, if cell phone towers can be disguised, why not an observation tower?”

Cranky
5-31-2012


“Is Lisa Borowsky’s campaign for U.S. Congress just another conspiracy?”

Betty D.
5-30-2012


“Several weeks ago I read that Mike Ryan was retiring from the Republic. Now Robert Leger is being transferred from Scottsdale to Phoenix. I dread to know who that leaves in charge at the Scottsdale Republic.”

Vic K.
5-29-2012


“Every time I see the city treasurer (David Smith), he reminds me of a life insurance salesman trying to sell me something I don’t want.

Tom F.
5-27-2012


“After reading the story by Beth Duckett in the newspaper about our city treasurer, I guess we’re lucky to have a person of such stature in Scottsdale. Now I’ll have to work on forgetting about all of the things I’ve heard and actually seen about David Smith.”

Spanky
5-27-2012


“Vernon Parker already has signs up everywhere I look. What’s Lisa Borowsky doing, if she’s really serious about running for Congress?”

Pete V.
5-23-2012


“Every special interest group in the city should be paying attention to dog owners, who have been able to keep the dog park open during improvements this summer.”

Yancey P.
5-22-2012


“You have to love those folks in North Scottsdale who would rather have their house burn down than make the dirt roads wider so the fire department can get their fire trucks into the neighborhoods. What are these people thinking?”

Ralph W.
5-22-2012

“One of my favorite things about the political campaign season, maybe the only thing, is when the conspiracy theorists come out of the closet. Their theories are usually amusing and entertaining. Sometimes they even end up being true. Keep them coming, people … I need more laughs.”

Beth R.
5-21-2012


“Stripper Chick for Congress!”

Stubby
5-19-2012


“The people who work in our police and fire departments are unsung city employees. It really rubs me the wrong way when Ron McCullagh and Lisa Borowsky criticize the men and women that provide us with public safety. Now Jim Lane has piled on. We should respect police officers and firemen, not run them down.”

Carl P.
5-18-2012


“I went to the Community Council’s debate between the three men running for mayor earlier this evening. It was very informative. Jim Lane is probably a nice guy and maybe even a decent mayor – but this is a person who would definitely benefit from taking a public speaking class at Scottsdale Community College.”

Roy U.
5-17-2012


“I’m not a City of Scottsdale employee. But I was glad to see that the council, at least four of them, voted to give employees long-awaited raises. We have many super employees, and I think we need to treat them fairly so we don’t lose them to other cities around the Valley. Special shout-out to Councilpersons Klapp, Robbins, Littlefield and Milhaven.”

Veronica T.
5-17-2012


“I wonder if there’s a way to convince Lisa Borowsky from saying she’s not from Scottsdale as she travels around to other communities in the new Congressional district?”

Frank D.
5-17-2012


“Can someone please tell us what the
Scottsdale Republic has against our firefighters and the police men and women?”

Carol and Sid J.
5-16-2012


“I avoid the downtown entertainment area like the plague. But I have a few friends who live nearby – one on the east side and one of the north side. They both tell me that the clean up process after big weekends is starting to become very lax. I thought the bar owners said that they would stay on top of the trash issue. With summer just around the corner, and bigger grounds expected, is this area of our beautiful city going to be a health hazard?”

Barbara W.
5-12-2012


“It looks like Councilwoman’s Borowsky’s strategy for running for Congress is to vote No on just about everything while she’s still on the City Council so she sounds conservative.”

Kyle A.
5-10-2012


“I think Ms. Borowsky has done a darn good job on the City Council considering she had never held public office until three years ago.”

Name Withheld
5-10-2012


“Lisa Borowsky is arguably the worst Scottsdale City Councilperson since Kevin Osterman. But she never really wanted to run for the council in the first place. She’s like the girl who didn’t want to be shipped off to summer camp, but her parents insisted because they thought it would do her some good.”

Patty G.
5-8-2012


“Anybody dumb enough to vote for Lisa Borowsky for Congress deserves what they would get – the same thing we have had to endure in Scottsdale for the last three years.”

Dorothy
5-7-2012


“Some of my best friends are blond (really). But Lisa B. is like a walking blond joke. We all stopped laughing a long time ago.”

Chuck V.
5-7-2012


“I hope I’m not the only one who appreciates how lucky Scottsdale is to have a police chief like Alan Rodbell. He’s a first-class person and a great chief.”

Debra M.
5-6-2012


“When Lisa Borowsky was talking about running for Congress, I didn’t take her seriously. I thought, surely, she must be joking. Now I’m hearing it may be true. But I suppose if Ben Quayle could get elected to Congress, anyone can.”

Kathy L.
5-4-2012


“It has been 4 long, miserable years without most City of Scottsdale employees getting pay raises. But somehow the Charter Officers have been getting bumps in their salaries. There’s clearly a double-standard being applied. No wonder morale is so low!”

Phil T.
5-3-2012


“Looks like I spoke too soon. The Cultural Council asked that the council increase its budget by 3%. That may not sound like much. But when other city departments are being forced to cutback, the Cultural Council has returned to its old arrogant ways. These people are so predictable.”

Beverly P.
5-2-2012


“Watching last night’s city council meeting was like watching a car crash in slow motion. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell who’s telling the truth. Between David Richert, David Smith and this guy Brent Stockwell, it’s shocking that anything gets done in the city. There is too much double talk and double dealing.”

Arnold P.
5-2-2011


“I wish Ron McCullagh would have stayed on vacation.”

Betty D.
4-30-2012


“These occasional blasts are usually interesting, informative and sometimes entertaining. This one, not so much any of those. McCullagh isn’t running for another term and he isn’t running for Mayor, and neither is Jekel, so why the hysterical outburst? A pre-emptive strike on whom? Just wondering.”

David B.
4-29-2012


“Calling out Ron McCullagh about his treatment of our policemen and firemen is long overdue. McCullagh is an embarrassment who is way out of step – and also out of line when he attacks our city’s first responders.”

Name Withheld
4-26-2012


“Holy Mackerel! I hadn’t heard Lou Jekel’s name in years. For us old-timers, Jekel is a well-known person who was always a toady for Rural-Metro. Back in the day, Jekel was in the middle of the Good Old Boy network.”

Frank A.
4-26-2012


“Do the guys that belong to the Charros men’s club still have to wear those fun looking cowboy suits?”

Darlene H.
4-26-2012


“Council districts!!! Been there, done that. Let’s not change how we elect city council persons. I don’t think we need to make Scottsdale look like Phoenix, or so many other places that voted in a district system and now they can’t get rid of it.”

Spanky
4-26-2012


“My 7
th grader knows more about civics than Ms Borowsky. How did she ever get elected, anyway? She ought to go back to middle school and learn about our system of government.”

Madge J.
4-24-2012


“What’s with Stripper Chick’s new hair. She looks like a go-go dancer on Laugh-In.”

Phil O.
4-24-2012


“Lisa Borowsky’s name shouldn’t be in the same sentence with the word ‘representation.’ She’s flunking government 101.”

Pat C.
4-23-2012


“Exactly who put Councilwoman Borowsky up trying to get electing people to the city council by districts? I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of districts, but if Borowsky is for it, I’m not.”

Hal R.

4-23-2012


“If my math is right, there are 13 candidates for council. Wonder if that’s foreshadowing of this campaign season?”

Hal. F
4-21-2012


“Great to read that the mayor and council’s personal expenditures are going down. Maybe they’re getting the message that it’s time to tighten their belts like the rest of us.”

Ron G.
4-202012


“$7,000,000 for a traffic roundabout and the city can’t pay firefighters and the police! Something is horribly wrong with the city’s priorities.”

Daryl S.
4-18-2012


“Jim Lane has exceeded my expectations after his first three years in office. But I didn’t have the bar set too high.”

Sal Y.
4-12-2012


“The art bureaucrats at the Cultural Council haven’t done anything stupid for a while. Or at least nothing that we know about. Wonder if they’re going to be dumb enough to ask for that 3% increase in their budget that taxpayers underwrite?”

Beverly P.
4-10-2012


“Let’s be honest, here. Bob Littlefield was never going to run for mayor. He has spent most of his time on the city council just testing the waters for other political offices. Bob should stay in the shallow end of politics.”

Tooter
4-8-2012


“I voted for Jim Lane three years ago. I wish I could take back my vote. I won’t make the same mistake twice.”

Name Withheld
4-6-2012


“I’m supporting John Washington for mayor. I don’t know if he can beat Jim Lane, but it’s worth a try. It’s important that someone call out Lane for promises made and promises broken. I think Washington is the right guy to do that.”

Pete O.
4-5-2012


“It seems like city council meetings are a lot shorter without Ron McCullagh.”

Francine M.
4-4-2012


“I just got home from what I believe was the worst council meeting in the history of Scottsdale. Between Jim Lane and Lisa Borowsky it shakes my confidence in city government. I guess we get what we pay for, right?”

Bob C.
4-3-2012


“There’s something about Susan Bitter Smith representing the Spanish Fly that doesn’t compute. There has to be a joke in there somewhere.”

Cappy
4-3-2012


“It’s back! The widening of Chaparral Road isn’t just a political hot potato, it’s a time bomb. It will be interesting to see if this council steps up or retreats from their responsibility. I say they punt.”

Betty P.
4-2-2012


“Whatever happened to Mayor Lane’s Business Forum? Was it just a shell organization for his re-election campaign?”

inquiring Mind
4-2-2012


Note: The email below was edited because of space limitations.

“I think you got this one (“Developer’s Dodge A Bullet”) wrong. Yes, developers didn’t like one part of the General Plan that residents worked hard to change, which was one paragraph that allowed the city manager, or his designee, to hear an appeal on a major General Plan amendment determination and reverse that determination. Everyone involved saw that paragraph as a ticket to bypass the major amendment criteria, which has been done recently with these fake resort projects under the 2001 General Plan. However, the rest of the plan was a disaster for residents and a boon for developers, which is why the Chamber formed its political action committee to try to get it passed and Mayor Lane has been promoting it. The voters turned it down despite a minimal effort to defeat it, besides Guy Phillips’ political action committee there was just email chains, and a bigger effort to promote it from the Chamber and others. The reason it is so bad is that there is absolutely NO VISION of what the city will be, and everything is so ambiguous that it can be interpreted anyway anyone wants to get what they want. “

Howard M.
3-24-2012


“Why do people, including the newspaper, keep saying that Proposition 430 was narrowly defeated. In politics, 4 percentage points isn’t a mandate – but it sure isn’t a narrow margin.”

Kathy U.
3-23-2012


“The Yes side of Proposition 430 was one of the worst run campaigns in recent memory. I was asked to get involved, so I did. What a mistake. Many people were involved, but nobody was in charge. Certainly no way to run a campaign and expect to win.”

Name Withheld
3-21-2012


“I always appreciate your unique angle on things (“Putting Proposition 430 Defeat in Perspective”). I can only speak for myself, but I bet it gets people thinking outside the box.”

Flipper
3-20-2012


“Proposition 430: One small step for Scottsdale, one giant leap for Bob Littlefield.”

May E.
3-18-2012


“City Treasurer gave his accounting staff members a 10% pay raise. Nobody else gets a pay raise. Why is he allowed to bulldoze this through Human Resources? This is not fair to all the other employees.”

Terry
3-18-2012


“No amount of spin that Mayor Lane can put on how good things are going in the entertainment district can change what my eyes, ears and nose are telling me.”

Julie R.
3-16-2012


“Why wasn’t Stripper Chick in attendance at tonight’s council meeting. She’s the only reason I watch. She turns me on politically, whenever she’s there.”

Harley Guy
3-15-2012


“I for one am glad the city clerk let council candidates Guy Phillips and Chris Schaffner off the hook for not putting political disclaimer lines on their web sites. It was a silly charge from someone who was put up to it by some political consultant. Let’s get back to campaigning.”

Magoo
3-15-2012


“Maybe Mayor Lane will send his assistant J.P. Twist to referee the pissing match between Mr. Yari and Mr. Crawford.”

Cecil U.
3-14-2012


“Last night’s election was a victory for all of us who worked to beat Proposition 430. This should cinch it for Bob Littlefield. I think it sends councilman Littlefield a strong message that there are 13,000 votes already in his column to run for mayor.

Patricia C.
3-14-2012


“The legitimate bar and club owners in downtown Scottsdale are steamed at (Shawn) Yari. Mr. Y really blew it. He’s making all of us who make our living in the entertainment district look bad. Yari doesn’t represent anybody but himself. Always has, always will.”

Scooter
3-13-2012


“The city should plow the entertainment area of downtown under and start again.”

Retired 2008
3-13-2012


“Is anyone really surprised that Bill Crawford of downtown fame has entered the City Council race. Once I heard about Shawn Yari suing him, I knew that it was only a matter time before Crawford got into the contest. He’s been looking for an excuse. Now Yari has given it to him.”

Ruby T.
3-12-2012


“Shawn Yari and Bill Crawford deserve one another. I suggest a Texas Cage Match on the Civic Center Plaza to raise money for public art.”

Name Withheld
3-12-2012


“I don’t agree with the
Voice of Scottsdale. Shawn Yari isn’t foolish, he’s a bully. I think (and hope) that Yari has met his match with Bill Crawford.”

Yorky
3-12-2012


“I resent the
Voice of Scottsdale calling peeing in public barnyard behavior.”

Farm Boy
3-11-2012


“Why not put port-o-johns in the entertainment district on Friday and Saturday nights. People use them for events, and weekends are certainly an event downtown.”

Mark G.
3-10-2012


“There’s a big difference between going #1 and #2 outdoors.”

Buzz S.
3-9-2012


“I’m a 42-year resident of Scottsdale, and I never thought that I would see the day that people relieving themselves in public would become an issue. I’m absolutely shocked. Several of my friends who live in other places in Valley are asking me what I know about this problem. I’m speechless. I’m also embarrassed, because I’ve always taken a lot of pride living here. Now I’m not so sure.”

Emily D.
3-9-2012


“I appreciate that Mayor Lane is taking on the issue of the kids in the downtown area urinating on our streets. But I agree with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The mayor could have at least waited to make an issue out of it until after the tourist season. Just imagine the visitors who are here now going back home and telling their friends about it.”

John V.
3-9-2012


“Wonder who actually paid the $10,000 fine for the Prop 430 campaign committee leaving those words off of their direct mailer?”

Earl T.
3-7-2012


“My husband is a retired city employee, and I still work for the city. We both watched last night’s council meeting with more than a passing interest. We couldn’t believe how Councilman Ron McCullagh treated the police chief. It was despicable. The city council doesn’t need people like McCullagh.

Kathryn S.
3-7-2012


“I never thought that Marg Nelssen would sell out to developers. I guess everyone has their price.”

Name Withheld
3-6-2012


“You make a good point about Mr. Littlefield sucking up all of money from the activist neighborhoods. Chris Schaffner, Copper Phillips and Christian Serna can’t be happy with their friend Councilman Littlefield.”

Vivian P.
3-6-2012


“Marg Nelssen deserves to make a living, just like all of us. If she wants to go to work for the Anderson family’s Reata Ranch that’s her business. Marg, in case anyone has forgotten, has two kids she’s trying to provide for. I wish her all the luck in the world.”

Jesse V.
3-6-2012


“All new big ideas get criticized, this big idea (Highline Park) deserves our full enthusiastic support.”

Bill H.
3-6-2012


“Jim (Lane) may be imminently beatable in November, but is he eminently beatable now?”

Jim D.
3-6-2012


“I wish Ron McCullagh would make up his mind. Is he going to run for city council, or not?”

Trudy W.
3-4-2012


“For all the people who voted for Lisa Borowsky … how do you like her now? For years I’ve watched people on the council grow into the job. Not Borowsky. She seems to get worse with each meeting. Tell me she isn’t going to run for reelection.”

Walt T.
3-1-2012


“Looks like Bill Crawford is missing his true calling as a police beat reporter for the newspaper.”

Name Withheld
2-29-2012


“Am I the only one who thinks Craig Jackson comes off like a thug?”

Vince P.
2-29-2012


“We just finished watching the city’s director of economic development pitch the council on the $42 million equidome at West World. This guy, Paul Katsenes, is a disaster. No wonder he doesn’t work for the City of Phoenix anymore.”

Rita and Wil G.
2-28-2012


“I attended Mayor Lane’s State of the State speech. Wow. He’s about as inspiring as my son’s hamster, Ernie.”

Walt T.
2-24-2012


“Dreams are what has made Scottsdale so different than all of the other cities in the Valley. An idea like the overhead garden on McDowell Road is a splendid idea. More people need to get behind the high trail idea. It’s something everyone, no matter where we live in the city, should support.”

Eileen M.
2-23-2012


“If they build it, they won’t come!”

Tina J.
2-22-2012


“The Mountain Preserve is a much bigger idea than Indian Bend Wash.”

Dave R.
2-22-2012


“Truthfully, I don’t trust anything that Jason Rose is involved with. All somebody has to do is to look at his track record. He’s Scottsdale’s P.T. Barnum. I hope people don’t get suckered in by his foolish idea to build a skywalk over McDowell.”

Craig V.
2-21-2012


“The overhead trail concept for McDowell Road is pretty goofy. But at this point, I’m not ready to rule out anything. The city needs to do something about the McDowell Road corridor and all the small neighborhoods that are affected by letting this part of our otherwise great city go to waste.”

Marty D.
2-20-2012



Readers: The
Voice of Scottsdale received quite a few emails regarding the tragic police officer-involved shooting in South Scottsdale, the second such incident in several weeks. We have refrained from printing those notes out of respect for the families who have been impacted.

“It’s fascinating, but no surprise, to hear Mayor Lane take credit for everything good that has happened in Scottsdale during the last three years. The only thing he seems to have left out is our weather.”

Watchdog
2-19-2012


“You can’t say that we’re not going to have a shortage of choices for city council candidates this year. I guess that’s good.”

Eddie R.
2-18-2012


“City Manager Dave Richert should be keeping a closer eye on Human Resources Director Terry Welker. He needs to be on a shorter leash before he does anymore damage.”

Anonymous
2-17-2012


“Now that Rural/Metro has bought out PMT Ambulance, maybe Southwest Ambulance won’t be dropping a bunch of money into the council campaigns this year. R/M and Southwest finally got what they wanted.

Greg H.
2-16-2012


“I’ve reviewed the city employee compensation study. I know for a fact how it was slammed together. I seriously doubt that the work product produced by the Human Resources Department is what Councilwoman Milhaven had in mind when she started this process. The HR department has real problems. Pretty ironic.”

Name Withheld
2-16-2012


“Jim Lane has accepted contributions from people who work for both ambulance companies, Southwest and PMT. So he’s an equal opportunity political candidate.”

Phillip G.
2-11-2012


“Monopolies are never good, and that includes an ambulance company like Rural Metro. I had a sneaking feeling they would find a way to worm their way back into the city. Something about that stinks. Why would the City of Scottsdale allow that to happen?”

Denise H.
2-10-2012


“If you’ve seen one ambulance company, you’ve seen them all.”

Kathy D.
2-9-2012


“I remember all too well how Rural-Metro left Scottsdale high and dry back in 2003. But inside every dark cloud there’s a silver lining. Thanks to Rural-Metro the city now has its own fire department. Maybe we owe a debut of gratitude to the company.”

Pete W.
2-9-2012


“It looks like all the excitement about Bob Littlefield has blown over. He’s just like a monsoon storm … a lot of wind and dust, but no rain!”

David G.
2-6-2012


“Can someone tell me how Lisa Borowsky, who is the most disengaged person on the council, can accept more gifts than the mayor. It sounds like she has her priorities mixed up.”

Melissa B.
2-5-2012


“I’d like to know how much time each day Mayor Lane devotes to dreaming up stupid things that will get his name in the newspaper?”

Phil F.
2-3-2012


“Every time I read an editorial in the
Scottsdale Republic coaching the city about how to run its financial affairs, I have to laugh. The newspaper is the last institution in the city that should be offering advice about finances.”

Patty S.
2-2-2012


“So Rural-Metro has bought the company that provides ambulance service to Scottsdale. R-M are scumbags who left our city holding the bag 8 years ago when they walked out of their fire services contract. We couldn’t trust them then, and we shouldn’t trust them now.”

Vince W.
2-1-2012


“It’s about time that Jim Lane admits that there’s a real problem in the downtown entertainment area. He thinks it’s all about litter. Maybe he’s right. It might be about all of the garbage that flocks to the bars and clubs.”

Good Neighbor
1-30-2012


I can’t wait to hear what the employee compensation study says about how much city workers are paid compared to their peers in the private sector. City employees are on easy street.”

Cecil V.
1-29-2012


“I think Councilwoman Linda Milhaven is the only person on the council who’s willing to stick up for people who work for the city. As far as I’m concerned, there are a lot of unsung heroes working for Scottsdale.”

Louise T.
1-28-2012


“Mayor Lane is the last person on the City Council who will vote to give employees a raise. The mayor talks a good game by complimenting workers, but when it comes time to do the right thing by city employees, count on him to do the wrong thing.”

City Hall Hawk
1-28-2012


“I know for a fact that each month we’re quietly losing some of our best city employees. It’s not so much about being paid much less than they’re worth as it is about really poor morale in almost each department of the city. Virtually every exit interview that’s conducted with city employees mentions the mayor and council, and how they talk about city employees like they’re a dime a dozen.”

Name Withheld
1-27-2012


“Bob Littlefield is Scottsdale’s Ron Paul.”

Carol S.
1-24-2012


“More businesses coming into downtown is welcome news. But it sounds like just as many are leaving. The downtown business area needs to stabilize before I can get too excited about fresh faces and new blood.

Frank L.
1-23-2012


“I’m really glad that Suzanne Klapp has decided to run for re-election. But I think she should have run for mayor.”

Name Withheld
1-21-2012


“This year’s Barrett-Jackson is bigger and better than ever!”

Spanky A.
1-20-2012


“Wherever Littlefield lands, either running for mayor or staying put on the council, he’ll always have the public’s ear. He has a real good feel for what resonates in our neighborhoods, especially the older ones down south.”

Pearle G.
1-20-2012


“Would it surprise you if I said I have it on good authority that Mr. Littlefield is having a tough time raising money to run for mayor?”

Name Withheld
1-18-2012


“If Councilman Littlefield decides not to run for mayor, I think John Washington is waiting in the wings. No one, including esteemed members of the city council, knows as much about city government and the issues as John. I’m a big Bob Littlefield supporter. But John Washington coming out of the bullpen would give Mayor Lane fits in the debates.”

Kurt E.
1-18-2012


“Laurie Roberts should stick to writing columns about girlfriend beaters and child abusers, because she doesn’t know diddley squat about political campaigns.”

Hoppy
1-17-2012


“Whatever happened to Nan Nesvig, anyway?”

Beth Y.
1-16-2012


“Bravery isn’t an issue for Bob Littlefield running for mayor. Bob is a Viet Nam vet. He’s also a pretty heady politician. So I imagine he’ll do the smart thing, and that may be staying on the city council.”

Reggie O.
1-16-2012


“I enthusiastically support Bob Littlefield for Mayor. He’s a limited government, people-oriented person, and not a flat world ideologue. Jim Lane is mediocre at best, and in bed with the angry and extreme right of the Republican party; as well as in league with the bar owners and developers. That means Bob should be your kind of candidate. He has persisted on the Council despite daunting odds from less than principled colleagues. You should naturally lean towards Bob candidacy! Why the negative tone? (“Braveheart or Blowhard”)”

John G.
1-16-2012


“There’s never been a bigger show-off in Scottsdale city government than Councilman Bob Littlefield. He’s all blow and no go. I hope he resigns to run for mayor. Then, after Jim Lane crushes him, we’ll be rid of him once and for all. Thinking about him being on the council for three more years is enough to make me sick.

Joyce G.
1-14-2012


“Bob Littlefield may be right about the city being controlled by special interests. So is that supposed to be a revelation? Money talks and bullshit walks.”

Mr. Special Interest
1-14-2012


“My wife and I both contributed to Jim Lane’s re-election campaign last spring. But that doesn’t mean we’ll vote for Jim if Bob Littlefield runs against him. We’d vote for Bob in a heartbeat.”

Names Withheld
1-13-2012


“If Bob Littlefield was mayor, he’d turn Scottsdale into a ghost town.”

Name Withheld
1-12-2012


“I get a kick out of every time Littlefield talks about special interests. Get real, Bob. You’re in the pocket of almost every neighborhood activist in the city. They’re pulling the strings, and you know it.”

Pam S.
1-11-2012


“If he runs and gets elected, Bob Littlefield would turn the city upside down. I think it’s about time that someone shakes things up. Bob’s The Man.”

Tom E.
1-11-2012


“I’ll contribute to Bob Littlefield’s campaign for mayor. Just tell me where to send the money. Go for it, Bob.”

Cindy W.
1-10-2012


“I’d love to see Littlefield kick Lane’s butt, which is an big target!”

Carl P.
1-10-2012


“If Councilman Littlefield flakes out by not running for mayor, his name is mud in my neighborhood … and it will be in every neighborhood in South Scottsdale.”

Virgil T.
1-9-2012


“Great blog (“Councilman Littlefield Reaches Point of No Return”) Bulls eye!!!

Patty D.
1-9-2012

“Seems cowardly to me to test the waters when he (Bob Littlefield) has been spouting about running for mayor for years. My bet he doesn’t have the guts to follow through. Bob lives in an alternative universe.”

Name Withheld
1-9-2012


“I was really glad to read that Shawn Yari wants to expand his businesses downtown. He’s the kind of person who has turned our downtown into what it is today.”

Downtown Dude
1-8-2012


“If Councilman Littlefield runs for mayor, where does that leave Lisa Borowsky?”

Linda E.
1-8-2012


“Sorry Mr. Mayor, but it sounds like the issues downtown with the entertainment people and their clientele aren’t going away.”

Joey P.
1-7-2012


“So now, just because the downtown bar and club owners don’t agree with the city’s data about how much the entertainment area makes the city versus how much the city invests in the area, they’re going to go out and do an ‘independent’ study. Oh, really?”

Jake
1-7-2012


“Scottsdale is definitely being steered in the wrong direction. So I hope Councilman Littlefield decides to run for mayor. He’s the kind of person who I believe can turn things around. It’s time to boot the developers out of city hall, and all of those on the city council who roll over for them.

Paige
1-6-2012


“I agree. The Chamber of Commerce no longer has the political power it once did. But some politicians whose initials are ‘Bob Littlefield’ insist on using the Chamber as a boogie man. I guess that’s just politics.”

Debby W.
1-5-2012


“If Mr. Littlefield runs for mayor, I’m there for him. So are all of my neighbors. We’re fed up with what’s happening to our city. I have nothing against progress. But I believe our city is headed to be just another cheesy place. We can do better, and that’s why I’ll be supporting Bob Littlefield.”

Julie G.
1-5-2012


“The Coalition for Greater Scottsdale is not a special interest group!”

Bill C.
1-5-2012


“I think there’s only a 50-50 chance that Bob Littlefield will actually run for mayor. I’m not sure he’s willing to resign his seat on the council. I don’t think he’s sure, either.”

Pat R.
1-4-2012


“We really enjoyed your thoughts about ‘special interests.’ Good points. Everybody belongs to at least one or two groups. That doesn’t necessarily make them evil. Keep up the good work, we always look forward to getting your blogs.”

Kathy and Kurt G.
1-4-2012


“Could we be seeing a 3-way this year? Lane vs. Littlefield vs. Borowsky?

Pete T.
1-3-2012


“Nobody could be happier to hear that Bob Littlefield is contemplating running for mayor than I am. The coronation of Jim Lane is unacceptable. Someone should at least make it competitive.”

Tammy G.
1-3-2012


“It’s about time that the city renegotiates their deal with the ASU Foundation for land lease at SkySong. The arrangement was bad from the get-go. I’m cautiously optimistic that something can be worked out to level the playing field.

William M.
1-2-2012


“I’m grateful that the Cultural Council didn’t do something stupid over the holidays. But there’s always 2012.”

Debby R.
1-1-2012


“A 3% hike in sewer rates stinks!”

Terry S.
1-1-2012


“I can’t wait to read the police blotter after tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration in the Entertainment District. I still believe that the area is a bigger problem than the mayor and city council is letting on. But this is an election year, so I expect things will be continue to be swept under the rug.”

Carl Y.
12-31-2011


“So far so good … no one visiting from Oklahoma or Iowa for the Insight Bowl were mugged in downtown Scottsdale. But I hope that we can say the same after the Fiesta Bowl.”

Sharon W.
12-31-2011


“Is it just my imagination, or are there more attempted bank robberies in our city?

Cindy T.
12-29-2011


“So Shawn Yari, the downtown bar and club hustler, is supposedly working with the city to build a parking garage in the entertainment area. But first he wants to build a new residential and restaurant-bar complex. What a joke. When people like Yari start looking for handouts from the city, I don’t know how much longer it can be ignored that there’s too much in too small of space.”

Ralph G.
12-29-2011


“What are the people on the city’s Bond Task Force smoking? $200M in projects? A bond election in November? Did the committee’s members get a group rate on a medical marijuana card?

Mr. Munchy
12-24-2011


“I was sorry to hear that Doug Sydnor, a first-class architect, is part of the public relations wet dream of Jason Rose for an elevated trail down the middle of McDowell Road. What’s Doug thinking?

Name Withheld
12-12-2011


“If Michele Bachmann would have stayed longer at the Mint nightclub last night she would have seen the hedonistic crowd that she so abhors.”

Chaz D.
12-12-2011


“I read that Chaparral High School is going to offer their students a real estate course so they can become agents when they graduate. That’s just great!!! More out of work real estate agents. That’s the last thing we need!”

Peaches R.
12-11-2011


If Jim Hill, the president of Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, has it right that our police officers are the 17
th lowest paid department in the area just ahead of Apache Junction, something is horribly wrong. That’s pretty embarrassing. Can’t we do better. It’s a good way to lose a lot of good men and women who make untold sacrifices to protect our families.”

Vince K.
12-10-2011


“Turning the back of the Performing Arts Center into the front is just the kind of thinking that we’ve come to expect from the Cultural Council. Talk about bass-akwards!!!”

Name Withheld
12-9-2011


“Why does the
Republic think we’re all interested in the ‘Priciest Homes’ in Scottsdale?”

Carol P.
12-7-2011


“Hey, let’s tell it like it is. This scheme that the mayor has to take care of the litter downtown, while a good idea, is just part of his campaign to be re-elected. It won’t work, because there’s no way to enforce it. Anybody who goes along with his idea will just be helping him campaign for another term.”

Vicki U.
12-4-2011


“Does anyone know why
Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts’ columns don’t appear in the Scottsdale edition of the newspaper anymore?”

Melinda V.
12-4-2011


“You really pegged David Smith. He’s way out of line to be advocating for a bond election.”

Jack R.
12-3-2011


“We really enjoyed your “The Three Not-So Wise Men” blog. Between Mayor Lane, (Cultural Council CEO Banchs and Treasurer Smith, Bill Banchs is definitely the dumbest of the bunch. This guy doesn’t get it. He’s driving his organization into the ground while the board of trustees sit by watching him mismanage the Cultural Council into the ditch.

Jean and Bart F.
12-3-2011


“We usually agree, but not on the downtown litter fine proposed by Mayor Jim Lane, with whom I most often disagree. His suggestion makes sense, although I do agree with you that steps are needed to deal with the anticipated-by-some-but-not-by-others consequences. A double downtown littering fine makes sens, and gives new meaning to ‘Make mine a double.’”

John G.
12-2-2011


“I love the holidays because of all of the holiday music, Christmas lights and no council meetings.”

Bev C.
12-1-2011


“I could have predicted that the newspaper would have been against the people who work for the city getting ‘appreciation bonuses.’ The employees of the Republic are on a sinking ship and they know it. Sounds like bonus envy to me.”

Vic F.
12-1-2011


“Hats off to David Richert for wanting to give employees a little something for all of their sacrifices for the last several years. I think a one-time bonus or ‘appreciation’ payment is totally appropriate. I’m not a city employee, but anyone who knows about managing people realizes how important morale is to any workforce. Employees of the City of Scottsdale are no different.”

Thomas W.
11-30-2011


“Being a city employee must be nice. Wish I could get a $1,000 Christmas bonus just for showing up to work. Since four of the people on the City Council are probably running for re-election, bet this issue sails through.”

Tiny Tim
11-30-2011


“I, for one, am glad to see that Bill Crawford isn’t giving up his fight for peace and quiet in our downtown neighborhoods. The problems persist. Just because the newspaper got bored writing about the entertainment area, it doesn’t mean that any of the issues have been truly resolved.”

Sharon R.
11-25-2011


“I see where our mayor is starting to get out of his office and out into the community to begin speaking to taxpayers (voters) about their issues. It only took three years!!! Of course him running for re-election is only a coincidence.”

Taxpayer-Voter
11-23-2011


“The city got along nicely while Mayor Lane was in China. Maybe he ought to travel more and stay longer.

Craig T.
11-23-2011


“As usual, you make a good point about an unknown like Lisa Borowsky being elected four years ago. It’s what happens when people go for the sizzle and not the substance.”

Aaron F.
11-22-2011


“Wasn’t it Bob Littlefield who worked behind the scenes for council candidates Nan Nesvig and Tom Giller? If I remember correctly, they didn’t even make the run-off election. I don’t know that it’s such a great thing for Mr. Littlefield to be coaching the new guy, Chris Schaffner.

Ralph O.
11-21-2011


“We all should count our blessings that Councilwoman Borowsky says she’s not running for re-election to the council.”

Name Withheld
11-21-2011


“It’s really neat that so many people have already said they want to run for our council. More people mean more ideas. We need fresh faces and new blood to spice things up.”

Catherine G.
11-21-2011


“I bet that when Lisa Borowsky was a young girl she dreamed of wearing nice clothes, using a microphone and giving people her opinion about something important to them. But instead of being a weather person on TV, she had to settle for being on the Scottsdale City Council.”

Robert S.
11-20-2011


“I was thinking about trying to volunteer for one of the openings on the 9 city committees, and then my husband reminded of what happened to John Washington. No thanks. I think I’ll just be satisfied to watch Channel 11.”

Patty W.
11-20-2011


“Lisa Borowsky for President!”

Earl F.
11-19-2011


“WOW!!! I can hardly wait to start reading essays from students about civil discourse in the
Scottsdale Republic. Should be very enlightening … not!”

Carrie B
.
11-18-2011


“Has anyone noticed how quiet it is with Mayor Lame in China. No more contrived stories about him in the newspaper.”

Cave Man
11-17-2011


“It’s time for Little Lisa to grow up.”

Anonymous
11-17-2011


“I think Lisa Borowsky has done a good job on the council, considering she has probably never really worked a day in her life.”

Name Withheld
11-16-2011


“I’ve got an idea. Instead of Ms. Borowsky struggling with what her next political move may be, how about if she doesn’t run for anything. She could tell her Daddy that she doesn’t want to be in politics anymore. She just wants to have a real life, like shopping and partying.”

Phil O.
11-16-2011


“You have no idea how bad Councilwoman Lisa B. really is until you’ve met with her.

Watchdog
11-16-2011


“Your latest column about Councilwoman Borowsky playing her intentions close to her chest is pretty funny, and accurate also. Keep your columns coming.”

Daisy T.
11-16-2011


“Mayor Jimmy has been somewhere in China for more than a week and no email, no postcard, no nothing!”

Honey Bun
11-16-2011


“Bob Littlefield is courting city council candidate Chris Schaffner like he’s going through political puberty. Hope Guy Phillips doesn’t find out that Bob is seeing somebody else.”

Zeke
11-14-2011


“Great Caesar’s Ghost!!! Jim Lane has already raised over $100,000 to run for re-election. Is he really that afraid of Bob Littlefield running for mayor?”

Marge T.
11-10-2011


“After reading the story in the newspaper about the mayor’s bulging campaign war chest, I thought the most interesting part was about Lisa Borowsky thinking about running for something other than her seat on the council. I can’t remember anyone ever serving on the Scottsdale City Council with such an inflated view of themselves. Ms Borowsky needs some serious reality orientation.”

Bert W.
11-9-2011


“I’ve just read the biggest non-story I’ve ever seen in the
Scottsdale Republic. Who cares how much money the mayor has raised to run for re-election. The newspaper should have made Lane’s campaign pay for it!

Name Withheld
11-9-2011


“How can someone who probably isn’t even unpacked from moving here only six months ago think about running for our council. I’m speaking, of course, about Debra Komarnicki. Nobody knows who she is. I guess every election needs a mystery candidate.”


Toni P.
11-8-2011


“I like your new feature ‘Bite Me!’ It’s no surprise that your staff chose a sound bite from Ms Borowsky. With all of her misstatements and malapropos, you could fill a book. Maybe even two.”

Kathy U.
11-8-2011


“From what I know about John Washington, you’re right … he won’t be going away anytime soon. I’m not sure if he will be running for the council, but I bet he finds some way to have a voice in the campaigns next year. Someone like Washington can’t contain himself.”

Mel P.
11-7-2011


“I think John Washington got a raw deal when the mayor had him kicked off of the Airport Commission. The city needs more people like Washington who are willing to call into question what goes on at City Hall. We shall overcome.”

Louise E.
11-6-2011


“So I guess Mayor Lane is on his way to China. Personally, I don’t understand why he’s so obsessed with it. Maybe he’s just trying to rack up flight fund miles ala Phil Gordon?”

Harold S.
11-2-2011


“I’m not saying I agree with John Washington being fired from the Airport Advisory Board. But I am glad that the latest episode of ‘As Scottsdale Turns’ is over. Now we can get on with the next drama. I’m not exactly sure what it will be – although we all know one is coming. We just have to be patient.”

Cheryl K.
11-2-2011


“City Manager Dave Richert keeps getting more orange. Could he be suffering from radiation poisoning?”

Rita L.
11-1-2011


“I just finished watching the city council meeting. Looks like it has finally happened. The mayor and council have worn down the people who live in South Scottsdale. Sadly, they’re willing to settle for anything, even apartments.”

Phoebe R.
11-1-2011


“If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. John Washington is walking and quacking like a candidate.”

Phil S.
10-29-2011


“I couldn’t believe it when I read that the Cultural Council wants to use a bond to make $10 million dollars worth of improvements to some of the buildings under their auspices. I’m convinced that these people are totally out of touch. Money doesn’t grow on trees, particularly in this dreadful economy. Suck it up Cultural Council, just like all of us have to.”

Chad D.
10-28-2011


“If the city council boots Mr. (John) Washington from the Airport Advisory Board, it will set a horrible precedent for the city. To the best of my knowledge a citizen has never been forced from one of our city commissions by a vote of the entire council. I’m surprised that the way some volunteers are treated that we still have so many people willing to serve.”

Pat C.
10-28-2011


“John Washington knew when the council appointed him that he would be ‘serving at the pleasure’ of those who appointed him. It looks like several council members are now displeased with him. Washington is simply reaping what he has sowed. It’s time to move on.”

Anonymous
10-27-2011


“I don’t know Jim Lane or John Washington, so I can be objective. I truly don’t understand why Mr. Washington is being chastised for contacting the Federal Aviation Authority about the wisdom of building apartments by the airport. I believe it’s a question of safety. It should have been the responsibility of the city to contact the FAA. Mr. Washington only did what it seems no one else was willing to do.”

Fran A.
10-26-2011


“We haven’t seen the horrible video of the gang fight in the Galleria parking garage involving women, no less. But we saw the mug shots of those arrested after the rumble. We have never seen such a lineup of losers. None of them were even from Scottsdale. Are these the kind of people who our downtown attracts?”

Harold and Carlene Y.
10-25-2011


“Apartments near SkySong make more sense than apartments near the airport.”

Monty S.
10-24-2011


“Is that Bill Banchs getting ready to dance on the grave of John Washington?”

Debby T.
10-24-2011

“Okay, who knew that Jim Lane was a pilot?”

Fran H.
10-22-2011


“South Scottsdale is a sink hole. We need to fill it in, pave over it and start again.”

Dean Y.
10-21-2011


“I can’t figure who’s most out of line, John Washington for writing the Federal Aviation Authority or Mayor Jim Lane for asking him to resign. I know there’s no love lost between the two – but really! We no sooner get to stop reading about the crap at the Cultural Council and along comes another war of egos. Wonders never seize in Scottsdale.”

Victor D.
10-21-2011


“Apartments at the airport make no sense whatsoever. It’s counter intuitive. Stupid, too.

Donna R.
10-21-2011


“I’m sorry to see Margaret Bruning go. She deserved more credit than she ever got. It’s unfortunate that she became caught in the middle of the fight between Valeria Vadala Homer and Bill Banchs. A real loss to pubic art and our community.”

Name Withheld
10-20-2011


“Great … more apartments in South Scottsdale! That’s no way to development the area and restore it. What makes anyone feel like people want to move there? “

Casey W.
10-19-2011


“The city’s Economic Vitality Department is a joke. “

Faro P.
10-18-2011


“I feel sorry for the people who live and work in South Scottsdale. How on earth can they continue to put up with the BS that comes out of the city? Maybe it’s time for ‘Occupy Scottsdale.’”

Mark G.
10-17-2011


“Glad that someone has the guts to call out Mr. (Tom) Sadvary. What has his group of executives ever done?”

Margie R.
10-17-2011


“The decay of South Scottsdale and the city’s inability to jump-start development there continues to be the issue that most baffles me about Scottsdale. The trail of broken promises and false expectations blows my mind. You can rest assured that if ever something like this happened anywhere north of Shea, it would be fixed in no time. What’s
not going on in South Scottsdale makes the case to elect council people by districts.”

Fred T.
10-17-2011


“Since when did Bob Littlefield become a patron of the arts?”

Spanky
10-16-2011


“I could be reading too much into last week’s editorial in the
Scottsdale Republic that accused the Cultural Council Board of Trustees of having a ‘tin ear’ about solving the Public Art Program’s problem. But it seems the newspaper is taking sides. I truly think that there’s more than enough blame to go around. No one connected with the Cultural Council can escape responsibility for the current state of affairs.”

Name Withheld
10-16-2011


“I have no idea who is going to come out on top of the confrontation between Dr. Banchs and Valerie Vadala Homer. But I do know that, so far, the city is the Big Loser!”

Carol S.
10-15-2011


“We should put our heads together and come up with a way to combine the two most important elements of our city’s brand: Public Art & Bars. How about commissioning a piece for the entertainment district … maybe a giant beer can made from recycled cans collected after each weekend downtown. Just a thought.”

Starving Artist
10-15-2011


“Are ‘luxury’ apartments the same as ‘world-class’ apartments?”

Jay V.
10-14-2011


“It looks like Valerie Vadala Homer has turned her issues with Bill Banchs into a popularity contest. He doesn’t stand a chance.”

Lori G.
10-14-2011


“How about the best two out three games of Rocks-Paper-Scissors to straighten out the situation at the Cultural Council between Homer and Banchs?”

Ronnie F.
10-14-2011


“When the Cultural Council task force starts meeting, they should take a good, long look at SMoCA. It’s a black hole that eats arts dollars. It comes nowhere close to supporting itself. Maybe it should be the one separated from the Cultural Council, not public arts!”

Jan R.
10-13-2011


“I think I saw Bill Banchs at Kinko’s today running off resumes.”

Katie W.
10-13-2011


“Councilman Robbins got it right. It’s time for the Cultural Council to stop acting like a bunch of babies. How about a good spanking?”

Tito P.
10-12-2011


“It’s nice to see that the city has a surplus of funds (about $4 million), and that the City Council is willing to consider giving employees a one-time bonus for the sacrifices they’ve made. I suggest that only employees who make less than $100,000 receive the bonus. They’re the ones who need it most.”

Vicki K.
10-12-2011


“I used to work at the Cultural Council. I was there when Bill Banchs started and left before all the real trouble began. But I could see it brewing. Valerie (Vadala Homer) had established herself. She had history … and support for the public art program. I hated to see that Margaret Bruning is leaving for greener pastures. Given the conditions here and the opportunity to work in Los Angles, it’s a no-brainer. Good luck, M.”

Name Withheld
10-12-2011


“Scottsdale is living in the past. Look around, like in the East Valley. While Bill Banchs and Valerie V. Homer are fighting, Mesa, Tempe and even Chandler are overtaking Scottsdale’s arts & culture scene. The only thing, arts wise, that distinguishes our city from the others is our public art. I think the program should be protected, whatever it takes.”

Fonz
10-11-2011


“I’m not anti-art, but come on people! Priorities!

Karen O.
10-11-2011


“Personally, I think Bill Banchs’ days are numbered at the Cultural Council. From what I hear, he has never really fit in, and the recent quarreling hasn’ helped.”

Jim E.
10-11-2011


“My husband and I have lived in a lot of different places across the country. Wherever we were, I tried to be active in their arts community. Given my experiences in other locations, I believe the Scottsdale arts and cultural business model may be broken. I’m not sure that the three things – the Center for the Performing Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum and Public Art – should all live under the same administrative umbrella. The current configuration invites competition and infighting.”

Bev T.
10-11-2011


“If it were any other place than the Scottsdale Cultural Council, Valerie Vadala Homer would have been fired months ago for insubordination in the work place.”

Patty D.
10-10-2011


“Fun with Dick and Jane and Margaret and Valerie and Bill!!!

L
10-10-2011


“Did anyone else notice that Lisa Borowsky was the only councilperson who wore pink at last Tuesday’s council meeting for Breast Awareness?”

Barry R.
10-9-2011


“I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with fight between Bill Banchs and Valerie Homer. The Cultural Council ought to fire them both and hire some people who can get along.”

Anonymous
10-8-2011


“I originally thought that Sky Song was a big boondoggle. But we’re stuck with it, so we might as well make the best of it. I read Suzanne Klapp’s column in the newspaper which cast a whole new light on it. I only hope that at least half of the statistics she used are true.”

Zeke P.
10-8-2011


“Is Jim Lane running for mayor or secretary of the interior. Now I see that he’s a tree hugger. What’s next mayor, the Spotted Owl?”

Louise B.
10-7-2011


“Do you think when more Chinese start visiting Scottsdale that they’ll hang out in the entertainment district?”

Henny Penny
10-2-2011


“If Councilman Littlefield ran for mayor, he would have to resign his council seat. That would be one way to get him off the council.”

Craig L.
9-30-2011


“Couldn’t agree more that Bob Littlefield would give Mayor Lane a run for his money. I don’t know if he could win – but Bob would sure make things interesting.”

Pat Y.
9-29-2011


“My neighbor told me earlier this year that Rick Romley was probably going to run for mayor against Jim Lane. I haven’t heard any more. Romley would be a great candidate, and probably a pretty good mayor.”

Phil G.
9-29-2011


“Guy Phillips is the most frightening candidate I can ever remember running for Scottsdale City Council. I don’t agree with anything I’ve ever heard him say. But I do respect his passion. He’s not one of those people who run for council and then disappears. I think he really cares about our city. He just has a strange way of showing it.”

Peggy K.
9-28-2011


“Mayor Lane, put down the bottle of Vitalis!” The wet look went out with the Ford Edsel.”

Maverick
9-27-2011


“The head of the city’s Culture Council, Bill Banchs, looks a little shifty for my liking. Is he really worth $250K a year and an unlimited expense account?”

Vicki B.
9-27-2011


“How can Lisa Borowsky run for mayor when she can’t even show up for council meetings. She’s flunking the class on City Council!”

Sharon E.
9-27-2011


“Is it just me, or is the Cultural Council out of control?”

Beth P.
9-27-2011


“It’s good to see Bill Crawford doing something productive to alleviate the parking problem adjacent to the downtown entertainment area. I’m referring to bringing the city’s contract with the Galleria to the public’s attention. Thank you, Mr. Crawford.”

Hank G.
9-25-2011


“Wonder if Rick Kidder is familiar with the term ‘double cross.’ If not, he will be soon.”

Connie B.
9-24-2011


“I heard a lot of grumbling when I was leaving the Chamber of Commerce event. People were saying that they didn’t hear anything they didn’t already know, and they were expecting more specifics. I think the details will be filled in later. I was glad that at least people with past differences were all in the same room discussing a shared goal.”

Steve Y.
9-23-2011


“As an active member in the Scottsdale Chamber, I believe our leadership is dreaming if they think our organization is going to have a working relationship with the mayor. I don’t know who’s worse … the mayor and his duplicitous behavior or the people running the chamber who want us to think that our organization is really going to have a real role in the city’s economic development strategy?”

Name Withheld
9-21-2011


“’Will The Chamber of Commerce Suck Hind Tit?’ Is that better or worse than just sucking?”

Chuck V.
9-20-2011


“Anyone who believes that Jim Lane is a team player is nuts!”

Frank F.
9-19-2011


“You’re being very generous when writing that the Chamber of Commerce summit was a ‘non-event.’ There was absolutely zero enlightenment about economic development. I couldn’t help but feel the meeting was for those who participated, not those of us who attended. I like the idea that Mayor Lane and the Chamber may have buried the hatchet – but that’s not enough. I blew $20 and 4 hours.”

Phoebe R.
9-19-2011


“After watching the last two council meetings, I’m starting to think Lisa Borrowsky has more on the ball than I used to think. Maybe she’s more than just another empty skirt.”

Cyndi F.
9-16-2011


“After attending the ‘Scottsdale Forward’ discussion, it sounds like the city is only running in place. A real exercise in futility.”

Brent W.
9-16-2011


“Several of us from my office went to the Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast yesterday. We thought it was supposed to be about economic development strategies. It seemed more like an opportunity for Mayor Lane to campaign for re-election. We all felt like we were ripped off. We want to support the chamber, but not Lane.”

Name Withheld
9-15-2011


“Why is there so much hub-bub about the city’s boards and commissions. They really don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Shouldn’t the city council be concerned with things a lot more important? Things like this only give Bob Littlefield more to spout off about. Let’s get back to real business.”

Peaches
9-14-2011


“Great! So now members of the city council get their own shows on Channel 11. Just what we need … taxpayer-funded sitcoms!!!

Mark S.
9-13-2011


“If I have to read one more My Turn column in the newspaper from the bar and club owners about how great the entertainment district is, I’m going to scream. Don’t they know it’s turning into white noise?”

Joyce F.
9-10-2011


“When I heard that the city’s only drive-in theater might be closing, I was mortified. Even though I hadn’t been there in years, it’s where I met my wife, so I have an attachment. Sad to see it go.”

Stan L.
9-7-2011


“We don’t live anywhere near the downtown bar district, but I don’t like the idea of some people vilifying Bill Crawford. The newspaper is even trying to make him out to be Public Enemy #1!”

Jake and Melinda P.
9-3-2011


“City employees need to buck up. If they can’t stand the heat, they need to go somewhere else to work.”

Cool Hand Luke
9-1-2011


“I left my job working for the city almost a year ago because of the horrible morale problem. I couldn’t stand all the negativity. When people go to work everyday wondering if it will be their last day on the job, it creates fear and animosity. Glad I left when I did.”

Sheryl. S.
9-1-2011


“It’s time to put all the fat and happy people who work for the city on a diet.”

Felix O.
8-31-2011


“Thank you for blogging about city employees. I think you did a good job of describing the dilemma that the employees have to put up with. Keep up the good work. This topic deserves more airing in our community.”

Pete G.
8-31-2011


“Because my husband is a former employee of the City of Scottsdale, I have more than a casual interest in how current employees are treated and talked about. I know it’s in vogue to bash city employees. But I think they get a bum rap. It’s a shame how they can’t speak up to defend themselves and what they do for the city. If those who insist on being so critical of the city’s work force walked in the employees’ shoes, I bet they would see things much differently.”

June T.
8-30-2011


“He has been the city treasurer for over a year, and we still can’t figure out around city hall what David Smith does.”

Winnie & Pooh
8-29-2011


“In business, people aren’t afraid to invest in ways to learn more about how to make their businesses more efficient. It seems that our city government doesn’t get that. They just sit around and talk about how to perform better, but they’re not willing to make an investment in it. Until they do, they’re just going to keep making the same mistakes and hoping for better results.”

Wes W.
8-29-2011


“I’m on Bill Crawford’s email mailing list. Each week I get a real kick out of his montage of the morning-after photos in the entertainment district. They’re very entertaining. Now I see that Mr. Crawford is also starting to cover the downtown crime scene. What’s next, a show on Channel 11?”

Jill Y.
8-29-2011


“If Linda Milhaven won’t say it, I will … ‘Told you so!’ The mayor and council aren’t serious about getting city employees’ wage and benefits figured out.”

Buzz G.
8-29-2011


“Your blog today reminded me of something that almost slipped by last week at the council meeting. During his presentation about employee compensation, David Smith snuck in a suggested raise for himself of $40,000. This guy really has a self-inflated view of himself.”

Karl T.
8-29-2011


“You are right on the money (pun intended) with your “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right” today. I’m flabbergasted that we had another opportunity to do the right thing and flushed it. This wasn’t as good as Ms. Milhaven’s first suggestion, but it was a start!”

Melinda G.
8-29-2011


“So not one citation has been written because the noise ordinance hasn’t been broken downtown. Really!!!”

Pete W.
8-27-2011


“When I heard that there was a giant sink hole, I thought for sure it was at the Civic Center, like perhaps city hall.”

Name Withheld
8-27-2011


“If someone from the city council lived downtown, I bet this problem between the entertainment locations and the residents of downtown would have been solved months ago. Maybe we need a district system to begin electing council people.

Mary R.
8-26-2011


“The
Scottsdale Republic has obviously chosen sides in the neighbors and bars battle. The newspaper has sided with the bars and clubs. Such a shame!!!”

Virgil P.
8-26-2011


“Thank you very much for putting in a good word for our neighborhoods in the downtown area. I may be biased because I live in one of them, but I truly believe the neighborhoods are, indeed, the ‘heart and soul’ of our city.”

Darlene U.
8-25-2011


“I was glad to see that the city council approved Barney’s Boathouse. It’s a restaurant, not a bar. Even it ends up being more bar than restaurant, there’s nothing wrong with that. We need more business downtown, because it attracts tourists. The last time I checked tourism is our city’s only industry.”

Greg V.
8-24-2011


“We’ve got just as much right to use downtown to party as other people do who use it to live there.”

Beaver
8-23-2011


“’Love it or leave’ sounds like something out of the 1960’s that the Hard Hats used to tell the Hippies. I guess everything comes back around, sooner or later.”

Alice G.
8-23-2011


“One item – ‘back to business a usual’ – while continuing liquor licenses. Liquor licenses are only on the ‘consent agenda,’ and it is the opinion of staff that the new Liquor Omnibus Bill passed by our AZ Legislature is deemed not important enough to be a prerequisite for liquor applications. Could this possibly be because they have not read the bill? Because if they had, there would be certain items that would be included to ensure Scottsdale’s compliance and to avert possible legal arbitrations.”

Name Withheld
8-22-2011


“Bravo!! Well said!!! (“Love It or Leave It.”)

Nancy C.
8-22-2011


“I’m not involved in Jim Lane’s re-election campaign in any way whatsoever; although I did vote for him 3 years ago. Mr. Lane should be very, very careful about hooking up with Jason Rose. He’s one dangerous dude. He’s managed to ruin the reputation of more than one person. Rose may be even worse than Lamar ‘Capon’ Whitmer.”

Ducky
8-21-2011


“If Mayor Lane wants Jason Rose to work on his campaign, that’s his business.”

Billy R.
8-20-2011


“Mayor Lane is on the right track trying to streamline the permitting process for businesses. But I get concerned about our city’s standards being sacrificed along the way. From my point of view, Scottsdale has been lowering the bar for many of the things being built. I would suggest that the mayor create some kind of balance between the two.”

Carol P.
8-20-2011


“Wasn’t Jason Rose involved with LifeLock, the identity theft company that was just one step ahead of the law several years ago?”

Gramps
8-19-2011


“Is anyone surprised that Arizona American Water Company hasn’t been able to come to terms with Motorola about the well? Not me!”

Mr. H2O
8-19-2011


“You’ve only scratched the surface about Jim Lane’s supporters being worried about his relationship with Jason Rose. There’s much more here that could be reported. The mayor does, however, have a history of being a poor judge of character. The names of Lamar Whitmer and Tim LaSota come to mind.”

Sandy V.
8-17-2011


“Whatever happened to J.D. Hayworth?”

Ralph O.
8-17-2011


“I was always told that if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone that you shouldn’t say anything at all. So I won’t comment on Jason Rose.”

Jim B.
8-16-2011


“I’m a regular at The Spanish Fly. Jason Rose is a perfect match for the club. The Fly is fantastic!!!”

Coconuts
8-16-2011


“I worked on Vernon Parker’s campaign for Congress and came in contact with Mr. Jason Rose on several occasions. What a piece of work! He tried to boss people around when he wasn’t stabbing them in the back. I truly hope the same thing doesn’t happen to Mayor Lane.”

Name Withheld
8-16-2011


“Absolutely love the part in today’s
Voice of Scottsdale that said, ‘Jason Rose carries more baggage than a skycap at the airport.’ How true. Lane should buy him a one-way ticket to some place very far away.”

Millie G.
8-15-2011


“The mayor should butt out of the downtown neighborhood-bars issue. Both sides should be locked in a room without air conditioning and not allowed to come out until they have worked out their differences.”

Name Withheld
8-13-2011


“Yo, neighborhoods, wake up!!! What would downtown Scottsdale be without the clubs?”

Spider Man
8-12-2011


“I signed Bill Crawford’s petition to bring Sheriff Joe back to town to patrol downtown. I think it’s a solution of last resort, but that’s what it has come to.”

Lisa R.
8-12-2011


“I just finished reading former city manager Roy Pederson’s column in the newspaper about how to determine the current and future city managers’ compensation. Mr. Pederson has hit the nail on the head. He speaks with the voice of experience. I agree that the city manager’s performance is what matters, not their education credentials or how they rate in some stupid point system.”

19-Year City Employee
8-11-2011


“If, as the mayor says, the bars and neighborhoods are working together, why is Bill Crawford still on the rampage? Didn’t he get the news release?”

Spud
8-10-2011


“I was glad to read that the Chamber of Commerce and Rick Kidder are going to start having a role in the economic recovery discussion. This is the role the Chamber should be playing. More Chamber and less city government is a formula I can support.”

Gary U.
8-9-2011


“Great, just what the city needs. A new biker bar downtown.”

Art E.
8-9-2011


“The mayor or (Michael) Manson have no plan for how an economic strategy is going to be executed. That’s been the trouble all along for the last two or three years. It’s not going to change.”

Catherine T.
8-8-2011


“I know Michael Manson to be a stand-up guy. Just because he’s working on Mr. Lane’s campaign, doesn’t mean he can’t have opinions on other issues like the Mayor’s Business Development Forum.”

Pat Y.
8-8-2011


“Thank you for calling out Mike Mason in your column today. He’s a first-class clown. I got a taste of him when he was at the chamber before he stormed off to work on Jim Lane’s first campaign for mayor. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the middle Lane’s relationship with the Fiesta Bowl folks before everything blew up.”

Frank J.
8-8-2011


“There are 135,000 reasons why Cindi Eberhardt left the Chamber of Commerce to work for the City!”

Name Withheld
8-6-2011


“The city didn’t have to spend almost $2,000 for a survey of city employees. I could have told them that morale stinks for free.”

Cubicle #57
8-5-2011


“If the running of the bulls event falls through in Cave Creek, how about moving it to Scottsdale. The event could take place on any weekend night in the downtown entertainment area. Bet no one would even notice.”

Paul K.
8-5-2011


“I heard that Mr. (Bill) Crawford is going to start leading tours through the downtown district on weekends. I can’t help but wonder if the city will make him pay some kind of fee. And will he be liable if someone gets hurt, like if they step on a broken beer bottle?”

Hugh R.
8-5-2011


“Downtown Scottsdale needs fewer bars and more galleries.”

Vicky G.
8-3-2011


“Mark my words … the Executive Forum that Tom Sadvary and Brad Casper created is going to be absorbed by the mayor’s Business Forum, if it hasn’t been already.”

George T.
8-2-2011


“I voted for Joe Arapio every time he has run for sheriff. But I think the newspaper is right about him running his suppression sweeps downtown. That would only make things worse, and that’s saying something.”

Pat U.
8-2-2011


“I think that most people have just gotten use to the kind of hit-and-miss reporting from the Republic. That’s what happens when there’s a newspaper monopoly.”

Carol P.
8-2-2011


“There’s a whole lot more than a coordinated plan missing from the discussion about the city’s economic development issue. We need leadership. You’re right about Mayor Lane not showing any interest in working on Scottsdale’s economic vitality until he wanted to be re-elected.”

Karen V.
8-1-2011


“If Jim Lane is so enamored with developing trade with China, how about we trade mayors with our Sister City there.”

Punchy W.
8-1-2011


“Has Bill Crawford stopped his weekend photo essays of the entertainment district?”

Edie S.
7-31-2011


“The Stagecoach Gap development sounds like the Galleria revisited.”

The Scottsdale Skeptic
7-30-2011


“If I didn’t know better, I’d say the newspaper (
Scottsdale Republic) is trying to stir things up between the neighborhoods downtown and the people who go to the bars on weekends. I think the two sides can work out their issues if the newspaper doesn’t get in the middle of things.”

Cal T.
7-27-2011


“I’m anti car allowance for city employees. What makes them so special?”

Vicki G.
7-26-2011


“After every city council meeting I ask myself the same question. ‘How did Lisa Borowsky get elected?’”

Tom K.
7-25-2011


“Suzanne Klapp is just about the only bright spot on the council. Most of the other members of the council come off as confused. It’s like they’re in over their heads.”

Kit W.
7-25-2011


“I was a guest at the luncheon summit where the mayor rolled out his economic development forum. I thought he did a better job than usual speaking in front of a large group. But he still falls short of being inspiring. I’m also a little confused about what his group of business leaders is actually going to be doing.”

Name Withheld
7-23-2011


“We need more clubs and bars downtown like a hole in the head. How can anyone be promoting new businesses in the midst of the mess until the existing problems are fixed. It’s about common sense, not dollars and cents.”

Carla and Ken W.
7-22-2011


“We saw Mayor Lane in the entertainment area last weekend. He was with another guy, maybe Bill Crawford. Talk about looking out of place. But at least Lane is making an effort to see and hear for himself what’s happening downtown.”

Bosco
7-19-2011


“Well … surprise, surprise. The Chamber of Commerce’s membership is down. So are the customers in my restaurant and the customers at my friend’s car wash.”

Name Withheld
7-18-2011


“Generally speaking, the general plan that the city manager is proposing sucks!”

Neil D.
7-15-2011


“Was that Lisa Borowsky I saw on the arm of some dude in the bar district last night? If it was, she’s quite a looker”

Freddy J.
7-15-2011


“So today the mayor is hosting our new best friends from China. I’d like to be a fly on the wall. I hope the visitors don’t think everyone who lives in Scottsdale is like Jim Lane.”

Robert T.
7-13-2011


“The biggest issue in downtown Scottsdale isn’t noise, it’s parking!”

Daisy P.
7-12-2011


“With all of the trouble downtown, it makes me miss Tony Nelssen even more. Tony would know what to do.”

Rusty Nail
7-11-2011


“Once again Bob Littlefield calls it like he sees it. You bet the ‘city has dropped the ball’ in implementing the noise ordinance. If the city can’t even get the devices here to measure the noise, how can it be expected to enforce the law? What a joke!”

Crabby T.
7-9-2011


“Noise ordinance … what noise ordinance. It sounds like their dog ate the city staff’s homework!”

Pete G.
7-7-2011


“The mayor and council should stay out of the downtown noise issue. When has government ever made anything better?”

Katherine V.
7-6-2011


“Jason Rose is a wanker.”

The Big Unit
7-6-2011


“It would be helpful to know how many people the bar district employs. I’d also like to know how much revenue these businesses really generate. In other words, how much do they contribute to our city’s economy?”

Pete F.
7-1-2011


“Generalizing about all bars and clubs isn’t fair. Just because there are some bad apples, it doesn’t mean that all the bars are bad or irresponsible. But it only takes a couple who won’t get their acts together to ruin it for the rest.”

Julia B.
6-30-2011


“I support the bar owners, but I’m glad I don’t live near downtown. I do feel sorry for the people who live there and can’t afford to move.”

Donna T.
6-28-2011


“Does Lisa Borowsky actually own or invested in any of the businesses in the entertainment zone? Or just her family? It would be nice to know.”

Ted G.
6-27-2011


“The city blew it on the noise ordinance. If the city employees would have been doing their jobs, I bet it wouldn’t be such a mess downtown and beyond.”

Shirley K.
6-26-2011


“Mr. Crawford is certainly putting in a lot of time on downtown issues. I’m thankful that he takes the time to take all of those pictures every Saturday and Sunday mornings of the aftermath downtown.”

Cubby O.
6-24-2011


“Is Bill Crawford running for mayor on the noise issue?”

Nigel W.
6-23-2011


“Would it be politically incorrect for me to say that I think the bar owners and neighborhoods in the downtown area are in a ‘Mexican Stand-Off?’”

Carol V.
6-22-2011


“I think it’s dirty pool for those engaging in character assassination of Bill Crawford. It’s a classic case of discrediting the messenger. It won’t work.”

Duck & Cover
6-21-2011


“The idea of Jim Lane and Bob Littlefield running around in Switzerland makes me shutter. The term ‘Ugly American’ comes immediately to mind. What if the Swiss are under the impression that Lane and Littlefield actually are representative of people who live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ugh!”

Claire V.
6-20-2011


“So there’s going to be a reality show produced in Scottsdale starring 30-somethings. Oh, boy, I can’t wait. This should be right up Lisa Borowsky’s alley. Bet she could pass for mid 30’s. Heck, how about a reality show with the whole Borowsky Family.”

George J.
6-19-2011


“I wonder if the lay-offs I read about at Gannett are going to impact the
Scottsdale Republic. Can’t imagine how much worse the reporting could get with even fewer people.”

Trudy K.
6-18-2011


“Why does it seem like Lamar Whitmer has nine lives?”

Spanky
6-17-2011


“You’re right,
VoS. I’ve also watched as Bob Littlefield and Jim Lane seem to have gone their separate ways politically. I noticed their estrangement right after the election last fall when Councilman Littlefield started acting like he no longer needs Mayor Lane.”

Suzie T.
6-17-2011


“So how do these two (Jim Lane & Bob Littlefield) afford such a luxurious vacation? Hint-hint!”

Pierre
6-17-2011


“I’ll never be able to look at Bob Littlefield again without thinking how much he looks like a Billy Goat.”

Sammy G.
6-16-2011


“They can’t get you goat if you don’t tell them where it’s tied up.”

Marsha PS
6-16-2011


Correction:
Bill Crawford paid for the “No Parking” signs distributed throughout his neighborhood, not the city.

“I was young once, too. I never treated other people’s property the way the drunk thugs are destroying the downtown neighborhoods.”

Crystal U.
6-12-2011


“We need a real noise ordinance. In fact, we need one that includes trash, parking, public urination and vomiting. The downtown is totally out of control. It’s no longer a matter of enforcing the laws and codes we have. We need new ones that are tougher and send messages to the people who are turning our city into a hedonistic cesspool.”

Vic W.
6-12-2011


“There’s a new sheriff in town … and his name is Bill Crawford.

Claire Y.
6-11-2011


“Joe Arapio is a weiner.”

Billy the Kid
6-11-2011


“Frankly, I’m not Joe Arpaio’s biggest fan. But if he wants to do one of his crime suppression sweeps in downtown Scottsdale, it’s okay with me. Bring it on!”

Greg S.
6-11-2011


“I bet bars outnumber art galleries downtown. So what’s that say about what it’s turning into?”

Jesse T.
6-10-2011


“Thanks
Voice of Scottsdale, you hit the nail on the head. Downtown is, indeed, a ‘clash between two cultures.’ Truthfully, I’m not sure the bars and neighborhoods can coexist. Something has got to give.”

Dean G.
6-9-2011


“I didn’t even know that the city cable commission was still meeting. I thought the city attorney’s office said that technically the commissioners didn’t have authority to do jack squat. So what’s the deal?”

Frankie V.
6-9-2011


“Sheriff Joe Arapio rocks!”

Spanky
6-9-2011


“I want to thank Sheriff Arpaio for coming to Scottsdale today. At least he’s willing to listen. I doubt if he’s able to do much. But just by being here may get our police and politicians off their backsides to start doing something about what’s happening to our beautiful downtown.”

Helen P.
6-9-2011


“I sure hope you’re right about that Channel 11 Commission going away. It’s a bad reflection on other commissions in our city whose volunteers are working hard.”

Betty P.
6-8-2011


“The way I look at it, downtown Scottsdale has become a destination for drinking and all the other stuff that happens when people look the other way. I say we take back our downtown, and Bill Crawford has got the right idea. Bill and his neighborhood need our support.”

Karen R.
6-8-2011


“This lady (Channel 11 Programming Commission Chairwoman Debra Ott) has not lived in Scottsdale for over a year. Check it out.”

Name Withheld
6-7-2011


“I admire Pete Klute and Wayne Rowan for sticking it out as long as they did. I was the third voice of reason on the Channel 11 Commission, but had had enough.”

Barry K.
6-7-2011


“It is called responsibility, and the bar managers and owners aren’t and don’t want to be. They don’t care. They can pack up and move on safely in two years, and screw the citizens. If you have ever tried to drive through that mess on a Friday or Saturday night, it is dangerous to people passing through and to those drunkenly navigating the streets. Why does somebody have to get hurt before the City leadership wakes up? If the movers and shakers and the elected politicians don’t want it cleaned up, the police can’t do a thing.

Scottsdale Maven
6-7-2011


“The crap that’s happening downtown can’t be making the Chamber of Commerce’s job any easier.”

Small Biz
6-7-2011


“Another weekend in downtown Scottsdale, and another weekend of mayhem. Now there’s even ‘day-time clubs,’ like the Spanish Fly. So now we have around-the-clock chaos!”

Jerry F.
6-6-2011


“I remember that when the city council was deliberating the three noise proposals last year, people who operate some of the bars and restaurants came to the Kiva to testify. We called them The Men in Black, and they looked like gangsters. They asked the council to trust them. Now we know we can’t.”

Philly G.
6-6-2011


“Just because someone doesn’t live near downtown, doesn’t mean they’re not affected by the insanity. Our city is getting a reputation as a disgusting place. Sooner or later that kind of word of mouth will make its way to people we want to invest in our city, and not just downtown. The bars and taverns, and the kind of jerks they attract, are a big turn-off for most business people.”

Scooter
6-4-2011


“For all of those who think what’s going on downtown with all of the bars and clubs is no big deal, I suggest you come down here some weekend after midnight. You would be shocked!!!

Jamie T.
6-2-2011


“We need more police downtown, especially on the weekends.”

Karen and Chris V.
6-2-2011


“This is a message to all of those stick-in-the-mud types who say they can’t take the noise downtown … get over it! Why don’t you get off your couches and look what’s going on in other happening cities. Scottsdale is no different.”

EZ Rider
6-1-2011


“I want you to know that Bill Crawford isn’t the only one mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore. There are plenty of us who live in the areas surrounding downtown who think what’s going on in the bar district is deplorable. Is this what Scottsdale wants to be?”

Ed G.
6-1-2011


“I live blocks away from the center of Old Town Scottsdale. We have no problem with the noise levels or the partying; in fact we participate at times. However, we are not puking or peeing on sidewalks … or worse. Bill’s (Crawford) neighborhood must be much closer than we are to get someone like Joe (Arapio) involved. That will (not) be good for our tax base and reputation … although I love Sheriff Joe MOST of the time.”

Marcy H.
6-1-2011


“I can’t wait for Sarah Palin to move to Scottsdale. I just hope she doesn’t bring all of those motorcycle people with her.”

Millie. G.
5-30-2011


“If I was a Scottsdale cop I’d arrest Councilwoman Borowsky for dereliction of duty.”

Barney F.
5-29-2011


“We sympathize with the people who live near downtown and are forced to put up with all of that noise from the bars and restaurants. We were visiting friends a couple of nights ago and couldn’t believe the throbbing sounds coming out of the entertainment establishments. It’s no way to live!”

Barb and Frank T.
5-29-2011


“I just read that the developer of the proposed Outpost at Pima & Dynamite will be returning for the council to approve the project. These developments are just like Dracula … they never die.”

Bruce S.
5-28-2011


“Why are our police officers being targeted by the mayor and council? Don’t be surprised when the police department turns into Mayberry PD.”

Betty N.
“5-27-2011


“I’ve heard the rumors, too, about suspicions that Mayor Lane is a repeat offender in breaking the open meetings law. Wish we had a city attorney with a backbone.”

Tom K.
5-26-2011


“Citizen friendly??? The Scottsdale council hasn’t been citizen friendly since Herb Drinkwater was mayor!”

Carol G.
5-26-2011

“Thank you very much for your blog, ‘Bob Littlefield Was Right.’ I’m starting to get the feeling that the council is trying to confuse us on purpose. Could it be a strategy for us to lose interest and then stop paying attention all together?”

Zeke T.
5-25-2011


“I attended about an hour of this mind numbing meeting. (City Council Process Study Session on May 24
th.) Per usual, they droned on about nothing to the point where I had to leave and the public would have been too stupefied to address the issues. It was a sham.”

Jeff J.
5-25-2011


“You tagged it when you wrote: ‘There has been so much political flip-flopping that taxpayers don’t know who or what to believe anymore.’ Count me as one of those taxpayers. I thought we were going to get change with this mayor and council. The names may have changed, but we’re still getting the same old thing.”

Sleepless in Scottsdale
5-24-2011


“Another one bites the dust … so the Subaru dealership is moving to Frank Lloyd Wright. How many dealerships does that leave on McDowell, two or three? What a shame.”


Paul S.
5-24-2011


“Just because she likes to party doesn’t make Lisa Borowsky a bad council person no more than being a stick in the mud makes Ron McCullagh a good council person.”

Name Withheld
5-22-2011


“Yo,
Voice, when are you going to write something about the noise ordinance?”

Flasher
5-20-2011


“The more I watch our city council in action, the less sense they make!”

Dazed & Confused
5-19-2011


“I just walked out of the city council meeting after hearing four people on the council hang our police officers out to dry. Any other time they all extol the virtues of public safety and a strong police force. Then, when it matters, they turn their backs on the Cops. This is going to come back to bite the city, mark my words.”

Carl T.
5-18-2011


“Why was Councilwoman Borowsky so quiet during this evening’s council meeting? At last week’s meeting she couldn’t wait to show off.”

Don K.
5-18-2011


“Say what you will about Lisa Borowsky, but she’s easy on the eyes. Certainly makes watching council meetings more entertaining.

Butch G.
5-17-2011


“Lisa (Borowsky) looks about as comfortable on the council as she would at a 99-cent bargain store. You can tell that she believes serving the community is beneath her. The last thing we need is another uppity person on the council. We already have enough of those, thank you.”

Chris C.
5-17-2011


“When is Councilwoman Borowsky going to wise up and stop listening to the political sweet nothings of Lamar Whitmer? Is she really that empty headed? Okay, don’t answer that.”

Donna V.
5-17-2011


“Lamar Whitmer and Graham Kettle are just bureaucrat wannabes. They ought to stop carping from the sidelines and go to work for the city. But they’re probably not qualified. Maybe then they’d have a better idea of what they’re talking about. It’s called reality.”

Sherm O.
5-16-2011


“Suzanne Klapp needs to keep fighting to repeal car allowances. The ‘dog-ate-my-homework’ explanations from the other council members who don’t want to keep track of their mileage isn’t cutting it. You GO girl!”

Penny W.
5-16-2011


“Lisa Borowsky has zero credibility in my book. Anyone who wants to take Cops off the street should have their head examined. What planet is she living on?”

Name Withheld
5-15-2011


“Bill Crawford is one strange dude. But I think his heart is in the right place. His involvement with the downtown noise ordinance is a good cause that I support. Thanks, Wild Bill.”

Carl D.
5-14-2011


“I’m glad that you outted Terry Welker, the director of the city’s Human Resources Department. I saw his play to hijack the compensation study coming months ago. Trust me, this guy is up to no good.”

Cindy G.
5-13-2011


“The City Council is like the Seven Dwarfs. Now we need to find us a Snow White.”

Crazy Eights
5-12-2011


“Absolutely love the ‘Last-Minute McCullagh.’ Clever and true.”

Staff Infection
5-11-2011


“Great question … ‘Who could possibly forget the Early Retirement Incentive Program that turned into a financial fiasco less than two years ago?’ Looks like you’re right … Lane, Littlfield, Borowsky and McCullagh.”

Sally R.
5-10-2011


“I worked for nearly 10 yeas during the ‘Golden Years’ of Roy Pederson as city manager and the council of (Herb) Drinkwater, Charlie Smith, etc. During part of that period I worked in Human Resources and was part of the team that conducted salary/benefit surveys that were presented to Top Staff and Council. I read your current tirade about the current study being a mistake reminiscent of the Early Retirement scandal. The problem with that study was not that it was done by city staff. The problem with that study was that the city manager (John Little) and other top staff (Roger Klingler & Neal Shearer and whomever the city treasurer and accounting director were) who manipulated the study, had no one review their work. A lazy council and mayor allowed that study to go through and bought off on it without asking the important questions they were elected to ask. The staff listed above were sure to blame, but the real culprits and officers of malfeasance were members of the council who approved it and didn’t then, when the details were known, go after the staff criminally. The current trend by the council to politicize and cherry pick results is no better than what the Klinglers, Shearers and Littles did.”

Walt A.
5-10-2011


“I read about the city dragging its feet on implementing the new noise ordinance, and I got to wondering whatever happened to that Downtown Business Alliance group who said they were trying to help control the noise in the Entertainment District?”

Stephen F.
5-6-2011


“Why can’t the Scottsdale School District hold on to a superintendent more than a couple of years? I thought Scottsdale was supposed to be a great place to work and live.”

Cathy C.
5-6-2011


“I’m not sure how you folks at the
Voice of Scottsdale got a hold of that letter from Jim Lane trying to smooth things over between Treasurer Smith and Commissioner Kettle. But I’m glad you did. After the last two years, the mayor is the last person in the city to be talking about Scottsdale values!!!”

Zoner
5-4-2011


“Is Lisa Borowsky really as lost as she appears? It’s like every City Council meeting is her first.”

Hoppy
5-3-2011


“Thanks for reporting things that nobody else does, or won’t. I really appreciated reading the notes from Graham Kettle to Mayor Lane. It gives us all a better sense of what may be going on behind the scenes in city government.”

Carol V.
5-2-2011


“It’s hard to say who’s the most arrogant, David Smith or Graham Kettle? No wonder they don’t get along.”

Billy K.
5-2-2011


“Our city has far too many boards, commissions and task forces. As Councilman Littlefield is fond of saying: ‘It’s all eyewash.’ We need to eliminate some of them. Personally, I’d start with the Channel 11 Programming Commission. Then I’d move on to the Budget Review Commission. When was the last time the council actually followed one of the commission’s recommendations?”

Sherm G.
5-2-2011


“Of course it was Councilman Littlefield in the middle of censoring what we watch on the city’s cable channel. Nobody else would have the audacity to pull such a thing. What a bully!!!”

Margaret T.
4-28-2011


“One person, even a councilman, shouldn’t be able to keep two other council people off the station all of us taxpayers pay for. That’s what happens in other places, like Third World Countries.”

Hambone
4-27-2011


“Hey, people, Bob Littlefield isn’t keeping Ms. Milhaven and Mr. Robbins off Channel 11. This is on the city manager, Dave Richert.”

Mr. Peepers
4-27-2011


“As the most senior-serving member on the council, Mr. Littlefield has earned the right to work outside of the city’s normal boundaries. I have no problem with Bob being a gatekeeper of what gets on the air at Channel 11. He’s earned it.”

Pedro G.
4-25-2011


“Councilman Littlefield got exposed being a bossy pants.”

Katy R.
4-25-2011


“’Bob knows his political base. Which is anti-government, anti-growth, anti-height and density, anti-developer, anti-Chamber of Commerce … and anti-
Scottsdale Republic.’ SO …WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT!?!?!?!!!”

Bob F.
4-25-2011


“Here’s something worth watching from Bill Crawford from an undisclosed location in downtown Scottsdale.”
http://bit.ly/dKl5tu

Anonymous
4-24-2011


“We use Palomino Library, so we were stunned to learned that the library board voted to dissolve the deal with the school district. If the library won’t fight to keep Palomino open to the public, who will?

Casey and Ruby C.
4-22-2011


“Hey, mayor … think you’ll be going back to China anytime soon. How did that work out for you?”

Betty J.
4-21-2011


“Councilwoman Klapp should keep up her fight to eliminate city car allowances. It’s the right thing to do. The city isn’t in the kind of financial shape to be handing out these kinds of perks.”

Bicycle Bob
4-21-2011


“Mr. Lane hasn’t had an original thought yet. Lifting the term “Forum” from another business group is just his style, if you want to call it that.”

Merlin
4-21-2011


“It will be interesting to see how long Greg Patterson sticks around the mayor’s business forum if he’s not getting paid. Ed Phillips figured out there’s no future with Jim Lane; that’s why he went on his merry way.”

Carl T.
4-21-2011


“As long as our esteemed city manager treats car allowances like compensation, I have little sympathy for him trying to balance the city’s budget.”

Francis O.
4-20-2011


“I don’t know who is sending out these messages (
VoS), but I want to continue to receive them. Very informative and this is what the Citizens of Scottsdale need. I agree with your comments.”

Lee T.
4-20-2011


“I know for a fact that Jim Lane lost the respect of our business community years ago.”

Frank V.
4-20-2011


“Once again, the
Voice of Scottsdale has nailed an issue. (“Mayor’s Business Forum Failing To Get Off The Ground.”) ‘It’s hard to imagine Mayor Lane going anywhere and convincing anyone of anything when he can’t even persuade local business leaders to join his organization.’”

Trudy B.
4-20-2011


“Who do I talk to be David Richert’s chauffer?”

Kato
4-19-2011


“Mayor Lane needs the Chamber of Commerce more than the Chamber needs him.”

Watchdog
4-18-2011


“The big buzz in the developer community is that Gray Development, the developers of Blue Sky, is bracing itself for a referendum on the project if and when the council gives it the green light. Thought you’d like to know.”

Cindy G.
4-18-2011


“Now that the city council has rejected using the $5 million from the water enterprise fund, the budget deficit just grew by $5 million. Maybe now the city manager will take a serious look at suspending car allowances for himself and all of the others.”

Ms Optimistic
4-16-2011


“When Rick Romley is mayor, it will all be different!”

Mr. Peabody
4-15-2011


“Fact: city-funded car allowances are issued as part of salaries … so the city pays more taxes than on just normal salaries. That means the car allowances also increase the participants’ pension plan.”

Shirley C.
4-15-2011


“Suzanne Klapp and Linda Milhaven are exceptions on the council for reasons way beyond that they both don’t take car allowances.”

Name Withheld
4-14-2011


“I think Mayor Lane should be using a city car. There are plenty that are just sitting around collecting dust, just like the mayor.”

22-Year City Employee
4-14-2011


“Which council person will join Linda Milhaven and Suzanne Klapp in rejecting city car allowances?”

Mige P.
4-13-2011


“With the price of gas creeping close to $4/gallon, what’s a council person to do? They can’t car pool because that would break the open meeting law.”

Poncho G.
4-11-2011


“I think the car allowances are like a tax … neither one ever goes away.”

Patty G.
4-11-2011


“Don’t be surprised if Lisa Borowsky, who is politically born again, joins Councilwomen Milhaven and Klapp in rejecting her car allowance. The issue could be a real vote getter!”

Rory T.
4-11-2011


“The goose indeed is golden. Please don’t disturb the goose.”

JW
4-10-2011


“Goldwater Institute, Fiesta Bowl Committee and Jawa … three of a kind.”

Hank R.
4-8-2011


“As an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, I’m elated that the chamber and the city have put the political controversy behind them. I’ve said that for the last year nobody has cared about the issue.”

Name Withheld
4-7-2011


“Jim Lane is the biggest two-faced politician who has ever sat in our city’s mayor’s office. Is anybody really surprised that he was joined at the hip with John Junker and his political junkies.”

Zeke P.
4-6-2011


“Mayor Lane was a poor reflection on Scottsdale long before he got caught cavorting with the Fiesta Bowl crooks.”

Ginger V.
4-6-2011


“Yep!”
(“Mayor Lane Is Attempting To Amend The Truth.”)

John G.
4-5-2011


“Will the real Mayor Lane stand up. He did.”

Doug E.
4-5-2011


“Keep pounding away … “

Bill C.
4-5-2011


“So now is Hell Week 2, starting with
Voice of Scottsdale’s recap and apparently leading into tomorrow’s story. Keep up the focused reporting.”

Name Withheld
4-4-2011


“If Scottsdale had light rail, then I could say … we ought to run this mayor out of town on a rail!”

Pat F.
4-4-2011


“It’s no wonder that most people in business don’t want anything to do with Jim Lane. He doesn’t get it. He’s an odd duck, and an arrogant one at that. He has really become an embarrassment.”

Tom K.
4-4-2011


“I was really surprised that the newspaper put the wood to Mr. Lane. It’s about time they got off of their rears and started paying attention to what many of us have been seeing out of this mayor for two terrible years.”

Donna F.
4-4-2011


“Hey, mayor … what goes around comes around!”

Craig W.
4-4-2011


“Thank you for assembling the sequences of events in ‘The Mayor’s Week From Hell.’ It really helps when things are put into perspective. I imagine there are a lot people who don’t realize all of what happened.”

Carla R.
4-4-2011


“Keep at it!!!! A broad pattern of bad judgment!!!!”

John G.
4-4-2011


“We saw some of the Budget Review Committee’s meeting last night. Could we have a better police chief? We also like the new interim fire chief, a sharp guy. The city is in good hands, public safety wise.”

Bill and Janice T.
4-1-2011


“I was glad to read that Mayor Lane was willing to make things right after he got caught in the Fiesta Bowl investigation. I believe that Mr. Lane tries to do the right thing, it just doesn’t always look like it.”

Kathy E.
4-1-2011


“It’s April Fool’s Day. There are so many fools to choose from that I hardly know where to start.”

Pat L.
4-1-2011


“It amazes me how Scottsdale tries to take credit for the success of the Diamondbacks and Rockies successful spring training seasons. The last time I checked the Salt River fields were located on the reservation, not in Scottsdale. How about giving credit where credit is due. Scottsdale should be content with being the spring training home of the World Champion Giants.”

Mack T.
3-31-2011


“What does the mayor know and when did he know it is an excellent question that should also be asked about his affiliation with the Fiesta Bowl.”

Linda S.
3-30-2011


“Please add my name to the long list of people who question Mr. Lane’s judgment.”

Phil P.
3-29-2011


“I’m in the information technology business. We’ve always known that Jawa wasn’t on the up and up. They’re actually kind of an inside joke in our industry. Glad it’s finally being exposed, just sorry it took so long for someone to get around to it.”

Nick G.
3-29-2011


“The
Voice’s timing is impeccable. AT&T announced today it has opened its own investigation of Jawa. It’s in the Business Journal’s online edition. AT& T has suspended the companies codes, which means a big chunk of Jawa’s business is frozen.”

Name Withheld
3-28-2011


“Read today that the Hospitality Trolley’s ridership isn’t reaching its goals. Looks like the city invested $100K in Lisa Borowsky’s experiment that’s about to fail.”

Mary M.
3-28-2011


“What about Lane supporting the Goldwater Institute (see today’s
Arizona Republic’s Mayor Lane My Turn) against the City of Glendale regarding the hockey franchise? Regardless of who is right on that deal, shouldn’t the Mayor of Scottsdale keep his yap out of something that is none of his, or Scottsdale’s, business? Wonder who wrote the article for him?”

David B.
3-28-2011


“Who better to organize and lead a campaign to underwrite the cost for the Dog Park at Hayden and McDonald than Dan Harkins?”

Cleo P.
3-26-2011


“I’ve lived in Scottsdale for 7 years, and read the newspaper religiously. Has the
Scottsdale Republic ever broken a news story? It’s like the farm system for the real newspaper in downtown Phoenix.”

Cecil B.
3-25-2011


“Bob Littlefield is already stumping for his protégé, Guy Phillips!”

Sally T.
3-25-2011


“Why did Councilwoman Borowsky recuse herself Tuesday night when the council voted on the real estate transaction between the city and Scottsdale Healthcare? Please don’t tell me that the Borowsky Family was somehow in the middle of the sale.”

Merle K.
3-24-2011


“It was good to see Mr. (Guy) Phillips speaking in front of the City Council. He’s still sticking up for the little guy. The big shots have enough people on their side. It’s about time we elected someone to the council willing to represent regular people who don’t have friends in high places.”

Jose R.
3-24-2011


“I’m ready to give Jim Lane one more year to show signs that he can get something going on the economic development front. If he can’t get the job done, I’ll be ready to vote for anybody but Lane … even Lisa Borowsky.”

Pam Y.
3-23-2011


“I’d love to see a Jim Lane vs Lisa Borowsky mayoral race. It would be like Beauty and the Beast.”

Zoner
3-23-2011


“I’ve heard that the Chamber of Commerce and the City are trying to work out some sort of settlement. They should have buried the hatchet years ago. If they can kiss and make up, it will be good for everyone.”

Clare T.
3-23-2011


“At least Mayor Lane has kept every promise he made to voters two years ago. That’s more than I can say about some of the buffoons on the city council.”

Sal V.
3-22-2011


“Congratulations
Voice of Scottsdale, you nailed it. ‘Lane’s Lost Years.’ This mayor is a lost cause.”

Herb and Alice G.
3-22-2011


“Lisa Borowsky looks more like a lead singer in a girl band than a Scottsdale councilperson. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”

Sherm T.
3-20-2011


“Even money says Eric Borowsky would be a much better treasurer than David Smith, because it wouldn’t take much.”

Sara G.
3-20-2011


“I really like the idea of Rachel Sacco becoming the official greeter at city hall. For years I’ve said that people need to be more friendly down there. Rachel always has a smile and seems very happy.”

Tim L.
3-20-2011


“If Councilwoman Borowsky became mayor, she wouldn’t be the smartest one we ever had. But she’d be easy on the eyes, if she attended meetings.”

Dick W.
3-20-2011


“I’d vote for Lisa Borowsky if she, as you wrote, limited (Bob) Littlefield’s time on the microphone. I get really tired of him trying to turn city council meetings into a revival meeting. He makes council meetings much too long.”

Cathy R.
3-19-2011


“I think Ms. Borowsky is bluffing about becoming mayor. She’s just a political exhibitionist who loves the attention.”

Pee Wee
3-19-2011


“Bring On Borowsky.”

Anonymous
3-18-2011


“Lisa Borowsky bought her way onto the city council. She’s probably the only person who could raise as much money as Jim Lane.”

Frank S.
3-17-2011


“If Lisa Borowsky was elected mayor, we’d have to change our city’s name to Sodom and Gomorrah! That might give our tourism trade a boost.”

Ruth G.
3-17-2011


“I find it strange that our mayor always talks about how competition breeds making things better. Yet he tried to get the Chamber to dissolve two economic subcommittees because he was afraid they will compete with his cock-eyed scheme to force businesses to pay to be part of his advisory council. More transparency from our mayor!”

Phil C.
3-16-2011


“We watched that program on Channel 11 with Mayor Lane and the four people from the business community. It seemed like it was all about trying to sell people on the idea of making Bell Road an entertainment corridor. Craig Jackson would like nothing more. Why do people keep sucking up to Jackson? So he has a car auction once a year, big deal. He doesn’t even live in Scottsdale.”

Peter F.
3-15-2011


“Thanks for being on top of the mayor’s Pay To Play group. I think I’ve heard there’s only one council person who supports it … Bob Littlefield. I’d like to hear what the others (besides Dennis Robbins) have to say about it.”

Betty Q.
3-15-2011


“Hey, the mayor is going to do what he’s going to do. As long as he’s not using taxpayer dollars to fund his advisory council it’s okay with me.”

Bruce G.
3-14-2011


“I can’t wait to hear what John Washington thinks about the mayor’s advisory commission idea. Surely he can’t support it.”

Fred V.
3-14-2011


“I’m a recent subscriber to the
Voice. As a retired City employee, I want to thank you for getting the truth out. And now McCullagh wants to try again to get employees out of the state retirement systems. What lunacy!”

Mark C.
3-14-2011


“Now I’ve heard it all! Mayor Lane is going to start a non-profit organization that private business will funnel money into. What’s the city attorney got to say about it? Or has anyone even asked for a legal opinion? Could someone at least remind Mr. Lane that he’s the mayor and shouldn’t be using elected office to raise money for a private venture.”

Connie S.
3-12-2011


“How much longer does the developer of Blue Sky need to get their act together? This case has been dragging on for seven months. And now it has been continued indefinitely. Please!!!

John W.
3-11-2011


“Does anybody know why the city won’t release the water study taxpayers paid for?”

Mr. H2O
3-9-2011


“Whatever happened to that (Lamar) Whitmer guy? Guess he had his 15 minutes of fame. Sort of like Guy Phillips. Easy come easy go!”

Greg L.
3-7-2011


“We attended the Chamber of Commerce’s event, ‘Scottsdale Forward,’ and got a lot out of it. The theme was ‘collaboration,’ something we need a lot more of between the city and businesses. But as long as Jim Lane is mayor, we’re not holding our breath. Heck, he couldn’t even find the time to be there. Even Bob Littlefield made it.”

Gary and Jean T.
3-4-2011


“So let’s suppose the mayor ends up collecting tens of thousands of dollars for his advisory council. Then what? Where does all that money go? How much will the executive director of the group get paid? Does the mayor skim anything off the top? Too many questions and not enough answers.”

Name Withheld
3-4-2011


“Budget crisis, and layoffs? Yet car allowances can NOT be discussed. New Tax and License director does NOT have a college degree as required by the position, so the City allows him to attend college while on city time and get paid! Code enforcement manager gets a car allowance but rides the bus and never uses his personal vehicle. The budget director does not attend his own budget updates meetings. Why doesn’t anyone look into the real issues of Scottsdale?”

Former Employee
3-3-2011


“I can’t believe what I heard come out of Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky’s mouth at the council meeting last night. She said she thinks there’s too many police officers on the street. I can’t help but wonder if she really believes that, or is it something her father and brother, who are both in the ‘entertainment industry,’ put her up to?”

Carl B.
3-2-2011


“I know two people who heard the sales pitch to join the mayor’s business council by its executive director, Greg Patterson. Both of my colleagues said almost the identical thing about Patterson’s presentation. They called him clueless. This whole idea of an advisory group that will meet with Jim Lane is ridiculous. The mayor, and his man Patterson, need to have their heads examined.”

Pat K.
2-29-2011


“It looks like the Mayor’s Advisory Council is a way for Mayor Lame-o to have his own little Chamber of Commerce.”

Tom S.
2-28-2011


“If someone is dumb enough to pay $10,000 to join some organization that Jim Lane is in charge of, they deserve to get exactly what they pay for. Zero. Good luck, suckers!”

Jamie S.
2-28-2011


If Treasurer (David) Smith behaved in the private sector the way he behaves during council meetings, no wonder he washed out of the corporate culture. You’re Fired!!!”

Fred T.
2-25-2011


Thank you for the blog about City Treasurer David Smith. (“Time To Draw The Line With City Treasurer.”) In all of my years I’m not sure that I’ve seen such an arrogant SOB. I have no idea what he’s like in private life, but from what I hear, if you’re a city employee, there’s hell to pay. Thanks, again.”

Betty M.
2-25-2011


“David Richert (city manager) seems like a pretty good guy. He also seems to know his stuff. Wish I could say the same for David Smith.”

Virgil O.
2-24-2011


“How anyone thinks that two people can run the city together is beyond me. That’s why I didn’t vote for Prop 414 to make the city treasurer all-powerful.”

Poncho T.
2-24-2011


“Laurie Roberts’ column for the Republic about city employees was stilted. I can’t help but think she, and the rest of the staff at the newspaper, are bitter because their own benefits are shrinking. It would have been better if Ms. Roberts had spoken to someone in addition to David Smith, who obviously has an axe to grind.”

Name Withheld
2-23-2011


“I can’t believe David Smith doesn’t get it. Someone needs to remind him who he works for … the City Council.”

Karol D.
2-22--2011


“Don’t forget that he (David Smith) “mistakenly” told the City Council that they had voted to unblend the health insurance plans in December. Then had to be corrected by Councilmembers.”

Name Withheld
2-21-2011


“I disagree with you on the point about a city manager advocating policy. A manager should advocate for the policy he or she deems the right one. The important thing, however, is how it’s done. Mr. Smith, if and when he engaged in lecturing the council, or if his advocacy turned into argument with the council, he clearly stepped out of bounds. In other words, it’s a bit subtle. It’s not if you advocate, it’s all about how you advocate. The substance of what you say is right on otherwise.”

Roy P.
2-21-2011


“Can anyone tell me why Councilman McCullagh hates city employees? He must have had a bad experience with one.”

Trudy M.
2-19-2011

“I work for the city, and I don’t mind kicking in a few extra bucks to help the retired employees pay for health care coverage. Some day I’ll be retired and maybe somebody will do the same for me.”

Name Withheld
2-18-2011


“Barbara Burns should run for mayor.”

Retiree #39
2-16-2011


“I was at the city council meeting tonight, all 5 hours of it. I don’t know if I caught the council on a bad night, but it looks like this group is in way over their heads. That goes for the city staff as well. I listened to them try to understand and discuss the city employee’s benefit package. I know more about it than they do. It should be mandatory for every citizen of Scottsdale to attend at least one city council meeting every year. Unbelievable!!!”

Officer Frank
2-15-2011


“Mark my words: in 10 years or less the Salt River Reservation is going to be sucking millions of dollars out of Scottsdale. Downtown will look like a ghost town.”

Carl G.
2-5-2011


“I was born and raised in Scottsdale, and moved away in 2002. I’m back now. What’s happened? Exactly when did the city turn into an incubator for conservatives?”

Billy G.
2-4-2011


“Out of all of the people he could have picked, how does Jim Lane end up with J.P. Twist as an assistant. There are literally hundreds of men and women who live in the Valley who would have had more experience and more credibility than the son of Steve Twist. Come on, mayor. Scottsdale can do better than that.”

Cindy V.
2-2-2011


“I wish Guy Phillips had been elected to the council. He would have offered a little entertainment. These people on the council are about as boring as it gets. Although Lisa Borrowsky is pretty cute for a politician.”

Herman K.
1-31-2011


“The mayor’s ‘Chief of Staff?’ What a joke. What staff … two secretaries? Jim Lane is a wanker and his new Chief of Staff is a wiener.”

Oscar M.
1-31-2011


“The Arizona Un-American Water Company are a bunch of shysters which is owned by someone somewhere else who don’t give a hoot about us in Arizona. I read that Scottsdale and Paradise Valley customers are only something like 2% of the bigger company’s business. So what do you expect. They’re not accountable.”

Water Boy
1-29-2011


“As customers of the water company (Arizona American Water), we’ll do anything to get out from under the thumb of this monopoly. Their high rates and f-uped service are killing us.”

Karen and Phil M.
1-28-2011


“Do these clowns, like Lamar Whitmer, know what’s really entailed in de-annexing themselves from the City of Scottsdale? They look like fools who can’t be taken seriously. What a waste of time.”

Peggy G.
1-28-2011


“And now he (Ron McCullagh) has directed HR to determine if they can remove all the City of Scottsdale employees from the State Retirement System. SRS is directed by an amendment to the state constitution. He doesn’t realize, nor care, that employees of the city are what make the city clean, beautiful, and safe. He has no idea what he is doing and his actions will result in a huge monetary loss to the city after the class action suit is filed.”

Name Withheld
1-27-2011


“If Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky is inserting herself in trying to settle this Arizona American Water issue, it can’t be good!”

A Customer
1-25-2011


“Sorry, but I think ur framing of this issue is off base. Ron is giving space to others who also see a problem with AAWC (Arizona American Water Company), because there is no traction for the City to condemn. What’s developing makes political sense from the perspective that AAWC is not performing and there is a need for some kind of solution. Those who don’t have a ‘grip’ on this issue are those who do not understand the importance of a local desert community owning and controlling its own drinking water. Ron is on target, and the howls of complaints from the others are justified in large measure, regardless of their proposed solutions.”

John G.
1-24-2011


“I have wondered the same thing about McCullagh as of late.
(“Is Ron McCullagh Losing His Grip?) Glad I’m not the only one scratching my head … “

Lisa H.
1-24-2011


“Councilman McCullagh’s rudeness to many city employees undermines their support (and their families support) for any of the causes he may espouse. He cannot treat employees as though they were not worthy of courtesy and expect respect in return. City employees may not participate in political activities, but they vote and their families vote. I take every chance to relate incidents of his rude behavior to neighbors and friends.”

Mary W.
1-24-2011


“I’d like to set the record straight; actually the newspaper. The Palominio Library is not a ‘gold-plated service.’ It’s a library! This is the kind of thing that Scottsdale is supposed to be about: education and literacy. Closing a library, or even considering closing one, is counter intuitive … and wrong!!!”

Sonja D.
1-22-2011


“If the city names the arena at West World after the late Tony Nelssen, does that mean it’s going to name one of the city’s trolleys after Lisa Borowsky?”

Inquiring Mind
1-22-2011


“My favorite sentence of the last
Voice of Scottsdale (“Is The Mayor Casting Off Old Allies And Creating New Alliances”) is, ‘Time may heal all wounds … but so do re-election campaigns.’ So True.”

Trudy G.
1-21-2011


“It would be a great to name the Equidome at WestWorld after Tony Nelssen. That’s the least we could do to honor his memory.

Bill and Jeanne K.
1-21-2011


“My wife and I made a point of watching that program with the mayor on Channel 11 (‘Scottsdale Conversations’), and we didn’t get much out of it. It would have been more interesting if the mayor and the president of the Chamber of Commerce appeared together. That would be something worth watching.”

Kyle G.
1-20-2011


“Thank you for publishing the resignation letter from R.L. Whitmer. I read fragments of it in the newspaper, an editorial I believe. That guy is a real piece of work. It’s kind of surprising that the mayor kept him around for so long. He sounds very strange.”

Tiger S.
1-20-2011


“Anyone who thinks Jim Lane is going to bury the hatchet with the Chamber of Commerce has another think coming. Mark my words … he’ll take his hate for the chamber for what they did, including not endorsing him two years ago, to his grave.”

Karl P.
1-18-2011


“How weird is it that the alleged JFK ambulance is at Barrett Jackson? Bet the Lee Harvey Oswald ambulance would fetch more.”

Phil V.
1-18-2011


“Infill development should not be easy. We keep saying we are a community that wants ‘high quality,’ but then turn around and are willing to compromise the design standards and zoning that has made us unique and high quality. Anything for a buck; right Chamber of Commerce? If anyone knows the answer to this one please tell us. When did the rules change and a person was allowed to serve on more than one board, commission or committee at the same time? And with that can you define conflict of interest please?

Nancy C.
1-17-2011


“I make sure that every member of our HOA, all 110 of them, sees the
Voice of Scottsdale. It saves me and my wife a lot of time trying to explain how screwy things are. Keep it up. All of us really appreciate that there are people who care enough about our city to expose some of the stuff we wouldn’t otherwise know anything about.”

The Meisters
1-14-2011


“I’m not sure that I’m following this infill district issue downtown. If I understand it, the council passed it, but then turned around and wanted to change it. I thought it was all about making it easier for developers to build projects in the downtown area. Now I’m not so sure. Help!”

Connie V.
1-14-2011


“Now that (Lamar) Whitmer has been sent packing, is this where John Washington steps up? After all, who knows more about how to run the city than Mr. Know-It All?”

Mike M.
1-13-2011


“I thought Councilwoman Borowsky said she would have no problem raising $117,000 for the super-duper trolley service. So how much did she raise? Diddley squat.”

Name Withheld
1-12-2011


“Can you say, ‘Mayor Littlefield?’”

Pete S.
1-11-2011


“You make Mayor Lane sound like he has joined the mafia
(“Public Relations Gigolo Replaces Political Grifter”). The last time I checked Jim Lane is not Italian. Besides, taking money from fat cats doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Stuff like this happens all of the time.”

Herb Q.
1-11-2011


“Could someone please tell me why I have to read articles about Jason Rose replacing Lamar Whitmer in the
Voice of Scottsdale? Where’s the Republic? The Voice started reporting this story two weeks before the newspaper caught a clue. Come on Republic.”

Jenny C.
1-10-2011


“My prediction: the failure of the two bond proposals, especially the first one, is going to return to haunt Mayor Lane. Wish he had put as much time and energy into supporting the bonds as he did for that half-baked idea about expanding the role of the city treasurer.”

Claire B.
1-7-2011


“I heard that Guy Phillips has started a website. Wonderful!!! Maybe now he won’t be speaking at council meetings.”

Gene V.
1-7-2011


“Can’t wait until this Tuesday night to hear how much money Councilwoman Borowsky has raised for her folly trolley project. Guessing that the over-under won’t be more than $5000, and half of that will be from her father Eric.”

Ollie T.
1-7-2011


“I’m glad to see the
Voice of Scottsdale is back. I look forward to your perspective in 2011.”

Catherine S.
1-7-2011


“So the mayor is going to create some business advisory council. Give me a break! That’s just what we need, another task force. How about if Mayor Lane patches things up with the Chamber of Commerce. That would make a lot more sense than one more do-nothing citizen commission.”

Craig L.
1-7-2011


“You’re right. Mayor Lane had a very good year. This year will be very interesting now that (Tim) LaSota is gone and (Lamar) Whitmer has been thrown under the bus. Who’s going to tell him (Mayor Lane) what to do, his wife?”

Legal Eagle
1-6-2011


“Councilman Bob Littlefield would make a great mayor, because he’s not afraid to speak his mind, even if he repeats himself over and over.”

Pamela K.
1-5-2011


“It’s Lane’s own fault for trusting Littlefield. Apparently just about everybody but the mayor knows Littlefield can’t be trusted. Littlefield is only out for himself, and will do and say anything to get elected. If he decides to run against Lane for mayor, I’d hold my nose and vote for Lane, who is the lesser of two evils.”

The Watchdog
1-5-2011


“Jim Lane has been a disappointment. That doesn’t mean he’s not going to get better. He’s got no where to go but up.”

Phil Z.
1-4-2011


“Bob Littlefield for mayor??? You’ve got to be kidding. There has never been a bigger blowhard on the city council … or someone who likes to hear the sound of their own voice more than Bob.”

Penny O.
1-4-2011


“Big Surprise. I predicted this (Bob Littlefield possibly running for mayor) months ago – Littlefield will turn on anyone. He is a political animal with a huge ego.”

Name Withheld
1-4-2011


I hope it’s a Happy New Year for Scottsdale taxpayers.”

Bill A.
12-31-2010


“We read in the newspaper that the partnership between the City and Arizona American Water went down the drain. As a customer of Arizona American, we know that the water company has a poor history of customer service. Our rates keep going up and the service keeps going down.”

Fred and Zelda K
12-29-2010


I hope 2011 is the Year of the McDowell Road Corridor!”

Political Pawn
12-28-2010


“After watching the council meetings this week, I can’t avoid coming to the conclusion that Lisa Borowsky, a.k.a. Little Miss Sunshine, would rather be anywhere other than at the Kiva. She’s got no clue about issues. It’s probably better for everybody when she just phones into the meetings from an undisclosed location, probably her brother’s bar.”

Sonya P.
12-16-2010


“I hope the city manager (David Richert) gets a big lump of coal in his Christmas stocking for the way he’s handling the retired employees’ health care issue. I bet if the shoe was on the other foot, he’d be kicking and screaming about getting screwed.”

Crabby
12-16-2010


Thank you for publishing Tim LaSota’s ‘farewell’ letter to the city. I have a strong sense that he still intends to be sticking his nose in city government. And that’s not a good thing.”

Oscar T.
12-14-2010


David Smith is a joke!”

Spanky
12-14-2010


“I’m glad someone acknowledged La Verne (Parker Diggs) leaving the city. She’s a good person who was only trying to do her job. The politics just got to be too much for her. I’d like to thank her for her years of service to the City of Scottsdale. Thanks, La Verne. We’ll miss you.”

Betty V.
12-13-2010


November 29, 2010

FM: Tim LaSota
RE: Farewell

“As many of you know, I am leaving the City of Scottsdale to join the Rose Law Group.

“I have very much enjoyed my time at the City working for Mayor Jim Lane. It has been a very productive two years and I can look back with pride on what the Mayor has achieved.

“As I set my sights on the private sector, I look forward to continuing to interacting (sic) with many of you, albeit in a different capacity. To the Mayor and everyone else I have had the pleasure of working with I would like to say thank you.

“My new contact information is below. I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.”

Best,
Tim


“As a retired City of Scottsdale employee who worked for the city for 22 years, I think this crowd at city hall are a bunch clowns out for themselves. When I worked for the city, I was proud to tell people what I did and who I worked for. I’ve stayed in touch with many people who still work there, and they tell me how horrible it is now. They’re constantly afraid and don’t know from one day to the next if they’ll have a job. Morale stinks!!!

Lucky Man
12-12-2010


“I feel better when the city council isn’t meeting. The less they get together the better off the city is.”

Paul S.
12-10-2010


“Read the interview with Jim Lane in the Repulsive about his priorities that include attracting new business to the city. What a joke. People in the business community know that the mayor has scared away more business than he’s attracted. Let’s be honest; Lane’s number one priority is getting re-elected.”

Winky Dink
12-7-2010


“Is there any truth to the rumor that Lisa Borowsky is going to run for mayor, and that Lamar Whitmer is going to be her campaign manager?”

5th Ave. Activist
11-26-2010


This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for Mr. Tim LaSota no longer being on the city’s payroll.”

Name Withheld
11-24-2010


“Are you going to report anything about La Verne (Parker-Diggs) resigning as head of the city’s human resources department? She quit on election day. Interesting timing. There’s a story people should know about.”

Evil Eye
11-17-2010


“Tim LaSota was the mayor’s biggest mistake … and that’s saying something.”

Fran P.
11-15-2010


“I think John Washington is the perfect person to replace LaSota. Nobody thinks he knows more about the city than John.”

Songbird
11-14-2010


Looks like Tim LaSota has edged Lamar Whitmer out of the political spotlight. It didn’t take long for LaSota to wear out his welcome at the city. But I guess he served his purpose. Can’t wait to find out who replaces him, even though they’ll have small shoes to fill.”

A City Employee
11-13-2010

“I don’t always agree with the editorial slant of what I read in the Voice of Scottsdale, but I’m grateful that someone is reporting what the Republic doesn’t think is newsworthy. We wouldn’t know about half the things we do at city hall if it wasn’t for the Voice. Thank you.”

Zorro
11-10-2010


“We were disappointed that Councilman Ecton wasn’t re-elected. He’s seems to be a class act who got swept up (or out) in the Republican landslide. Thanks for your years of service, Wayne.”

Peggy and Chuck S.
11-6-2010


“Pretty frightening how close (Guy) Phillips came to being on the council!!!”

Name Withheld
11-5-2010


“It has been three days since the election and I’m still waiting for some insight from our local newspaper about what happened. I thought they’d try to sort through how Southwest Ambulance impacted the election. Leading up to Tuesday, that’s all we read about … Southwest this and Southwest that. Now nothing. What’s up,
Republic?”

Pete G.
11-5-2010


“Linda Milhaven and Bob Littlefield battled it out for the top spot in Tuesday’s election. Another sign how schizophrenic Scottsdale voters are.”

Buster V.
11-3-2010


“Will someone please tell me how Guy Phillips got so many votes.”

Sherman K.
11-3-2010


“By our count, it doesn’t really seem that much has changed on the city council. Voters have just shuffled the deck.”

Carol and Tim
11-2-2010


“From the looks of the election returns, not sure that the money Southwest Ambulance poured into the three campaigns had much of an effect.”

Sid F.
11-2-2010


“I thought all employees got a 2% reduction in their pay. Now we read that’s not the case – in fact, we’re not even sure which ones actually got salary increases. I don’t know what to believe anymore???”

Paige S.
11-1-2010


“I’m sick of the shell game the city is playing. We’re supposed to have some massive debt, yet employees, like LaSota, are getting substantial raises. One word: transparency!”

Bilbo
11-1-2010


“It seems that Laurie Roberts (
Republic columnist) is off the Chamber of Commerce kick and her new tangent is Southwest Ambulance. I would think that the Tim LaSota $10,000 raise and moonlighting at a local law firm would be right up her alley. The longer she waits to write about it, the more I think she’s reluctant to take one of her valued news sources to task.”

Name Withheld
10-30-2010


“If Southwest Ambulance butting into the city council sweepstakes is any indication about how it operates its business, no wonder why PMT has the emergency services contract with the city.”

Vivian P.
10-30-2010


“Since when did ambulance companies, like Southwest, get into the political campaign business? From what I know, they have their hands full just trying to run their ambulance service.”

Herb K.
10-29-2010


“How I miss the days when life was simpler, or so it seemed, when Mayor Herb Drinkwater was our mayor/leader. We could only be proud of our mayor and government in Scottsdale. Yeah, we had a few bumps along the way, but nothing like the current events under the direction of this mayor and his henchmen.”

Carolyn A.
10-28-2010


“Golly!! Just one mystery after another for the meaning of transparency in city government
(“Tim LaSota Can’t Make Ends Meet on New $103,854 Salary”).”

Name Withheld
10-28-2010

“I wish the
Republic would get on the stick and report something about the mayor and his aide. It seems to me that the newspaper is stuck on reporting everything about Southwest’s (Ambulance) campaign for the three city council candidates. Can the Republic walk and chew gum at the same time?”

Barney S.
10-28-2010

“I read your two blogs about the mayor’s sneak thief, T. LaSota. One question Mr. Mayor … what did you know and when did you know it?”

Bill H.
10-27-2010

“I’ve given Jim Lane the benefit a doubt. But after reading about his chief of staff getting a raise and working a job on the side as a lobbyist, I doubt he has what it takes to run our city.”

Linda M.
10-26-2010

“At least there’s one brave soul who’s not afraid to call it like he sees it. Thanks Mr. (Bob) Berlese.”

Mountain Man
10-24-2010


“We know Bob Berlese, and he’s a real stand up kind of guy. We’re not at all surprised that he decided to step up to the challenge and confront the City Charter amendments. They pretty much flt under the umbrella of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it.’”

Kathy and Merle V.
10-24-2010


“Can anyone tell me why the
Scottsdale Republic hasn’t written a sentence about (Tim) LaSota leeching off the city while he’s working as a lobbyist for a bunch of attorneys?”

Chole S.
10-23-2010


“LaSota is worth watching. But it’s the mayor’s “Yes Man,” Brent Stockwell who’s really the worst of the lot. He’s ready to roll over and do anything Lane wants. Around the city people call him the ‘Weasel Boy.’”

Ed W.
10-23-2010


“After reading the two blogs about Tim LaSota, I was outraged. I can’t remember being this angry about something in local politics since, well, like never.”

Linda V.
10-23-10


“I saw the advertisement in the newspaper against Proposition 414. Glad someone has read the fine print about what Lane and Littlefield are trying to do. Having the city treasurer, David Smith, report directly to the mayor and council is crazy. These people shouldn’t be controlling taxpayer money.”

Chubby C.
10-23-2010


“Is Jim Lane so ethically empty that he doesn’t recognize what’s happening right in his own office with Tim LaSota. How could the mayor not know about any of this? And if he doesn’t, then who’s running city hall, anyway?”

Name Withheld
10-23-2010


“The kind of crap Lane and LaSota are getting away with wouldn’t even happen in Chicago, and we should know because that’s where we’re from.”

Zeke and Beth
10-22-2010


“What kind of mayor let’s a city employee work a second job lobbying against the city?”

Puzzled
10-22-2010


“I thought you were making it up that Lane’s chief of staff was holding down a part-time job with a lobbying-law office. I actually thought it was a hoax, until I went to the Rose Group website. Amazing. There was Mr. LaSota beaming about his new job. I feel like the city is living in some alternate universe where there are no rules or ethics, and it’s just everybody out for themselves.”

Peter G.
10-21-2010


“I thought Scottsdale had a code of ethics. Somebody please tell LaSota and Lane the party’s over.”

Bilbo
10-21-2010


“In what other city in the Valley could a mayor’s assistant get away with what Tim LaSota is pulling off in Scottsdale by working as a lobbyist for a law firm? Answer … none! Who’s going to do something? The mayor? The city council? The Republic?”

Rita S.
10-21-2010


“Is that the same Rachel Sacco
(“Mayor’s Chief of Staff Starts Moonlighting”) who was praising the ‘pure Michigan’ ad campaign? For God’s sake when are the whiners in the tourism industry gonna stop using 1070 as an excuse for a crappy economy and their lack of imagination in promoting Arizona? Maybe it’s time for Rachel to head off to the rust belt and find out how pure Michigan really works. Seriously, can the tourism industry be any less effective?”

Chuck C.
10-21-2010


“I couldn’t help but notice that there wasn’t one of those full-page ads in the newspaper today from Lane & Company for Prop 414. Could they be out of money? And if they are, does it mean the mayor has to pass the hat to extort money out of the business community again?”

Monica T.
10-20-2010


“How much longer is the
Republic going to sit on their hands while others do their work?”

Sid F.
10-19-2010


So Tim LaSota is called the ‘Chief of Staff.’ Exactly what staff is he chief of?”

Merle U.
10-19-2010


“The next time Lane gets on his high-horse bragging about how much the city is saving with cost cutting, I hope everyone will remember that his assistant is fat that city government can do without.”

David R.
10-19-2010


“I’ve seen Tim LaSota in action. It’s like watching somebody in slow motion. He has to be the laziest person that has ever worked at city hall. Now to think he’s gotten a raise and earns over $100K is a joke. We could hire two people for that and get three times as much work.”

The Watchdog
10-18-2010


“When are people going to wise up about the Lane Gang. Whoever doesn’t think they’re a bunch of shysters, raise your hand. Yep, I thought so.”

Pebbles
10-18-2010


“It figures that as city employees are getting all of the heat that Mayor Lane’s lobbyist is making out like a bandit. Has Scottsdale ever had a more hypocritical mayor than Lane? I think not!”

Pete S.
10-17-2010


“Jim ‘Bluto’ Lane has turned city hall into Animal House, or at least a political fraternity of misfits.”

Henry C.
10-17-2010


“Good Observations.
(“Mayor’s Aide Gets Hefty Raise”) Get a copy of his job description. There is no way that Lane needs a chief of staff … lol.”

John G.
10-18-2010


“I see that our mayor has gotten all huffy that the Republic doesn’t support Proposition 414. What a shame!!! Looks like he can dish it out but certainly can’t take it.”

Ms Recycler
10-16-2010


“We wish Jim Lane was up for reelection. We’d love to send him a message about how he’s turned city government into a joke. Two years ago, voters said they wanted to change mayors. Wonder how many would like to vote again; and wonder what the outcome would be this time around?”

Gina and George S.
10-16-2010


“Mr. (John) Washington is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Little Red Riding Hood
10-16-2010


“From the looks of all the advertisements in the newspaper that say vote for the charter amendments, I guess the mayor’s campaign to raise money for it worked out. All those ads can’t be cheap.”

Rita R.
10-15-2010


“Thanks for the blog about John Washington’s ties to the mayor. It makes sense. They deserve one another.”

Jim V.
10-15-2010


“Hey, folks, John Washington is a good guy. Scottsdale needs more people like him.

Pee-Wee
10-15-2010


“I usually don’t have anything nice to say about the
Scottsdale Republic, but I’m glad the newspaper is running profiles of each of the council candidates.”

Felix B.
10-15-2010


“Something is wrong when a company like Southwest Ambulance is allowed to have so much influence over an election. Putting almost $100,000 in to help three candidates isn’t right. It’s like the company is trying to buy their way into getting the next contract with the City of Scottsdale. I didn’t let a private company influence how I voted.”

Betty V.
10-14-2010


For a man (Mayor Lane) who purports to be a strong ‘card-carrying’ Republican, he has a personal filter that justifies all kinds of ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking. Having a little power has opened up his thought processes! Who knew!!!?? Such a heady feeling. Anybody figured out just where this man wants to go?? On to the White House?

Name Withheld
10-14-2010


“Granted, Jim Lane has never claimed to be a rocket scientist. But he is the mayor, and after reading his My Turn in the newspaper today, it looks like he’s proving that he’s not much of one. This desperate attempt to convince voters to vote for Proposition 414 has gotten pathetic. He’s trying way too hard to make us believe having a so-called ‘independent’ treasurer that reports directly to him and the council and not the city manager is good for Scottsdale. It’s one of the dumbest ideas someone has ever attempted to foist on our fine city.”

Mr. No on 414
10-13-2010


“The advertisement that ran in the newspaper last week trying to convince us to vote for the charter amendment was a joke. Where is all of the money going that Mayor Lame extorted from businesses for his campaign going? The ad looks like the year book staff at a middle school made it.”

Name Withheld
10-12-2010


“I give each campaign one of those obnoxious robo calls. Then, if they call a second time, I don’t vote for them.”

Herb G.
10-10-2010


“Hope the Republic’s endorsement of Milhaven, Robbins and O’Hearn isn’t a curse.”

Watchdog
10-9-2010


“I haven’t seen anything from the Chamber of Commerce in the newspaper yet supporting their four candidates. Why did they endorse four candidates when only three seats are going to be open? Kind of confusing. Can’t they count?”

Bennet T.
10-9-2010


“I’d like to thank Councilman Ecton for stepping up and trying to do something about the noise issue. Ms. Borowsky not voting for it because of her family’s business interests was predictable. I didn’t see Mayor Lane voting against it coming.”

Jayne V.
10-7-2010


“I read Mr. Borowsky’s letter to the council in the last VoS. Man, oh, man! This guy has got some nerve and not much sense. Could he really be that arrogant? I don’t live near downtown, but if I did, I’d give him a piece of my mind. Now I know where his daughter (Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky) gets her attitude.”

Virgil S.
10-7-2010


“It’s about time somebody did something about the noise down here around downtown. I like fun as much as the next person. I also support people making a living in the entertainment business. However, it’s getting just a little out of hand, especially on the weekend when I can hear the racket until past 3 a.m.”

Party Animal
10-6-2010


“(SACPAC) Most creative name, by the way, even though it is a self-explanatory acronym: it could easily stand for ‘Sack the Pack of Fools Currently Running the City Council.’”

David B.
10-4-2010



“Good comment on Lisa (Borowsky), who appears to be ethically challenged.”

John G.
10-4-2010


“The name of the Borowsky family’s bar is ‘Shotgun Betty’s,’ named after the councilwoman’s mother.”

Sheila C.
10-4-2010


“I heard that the Keep Scottsdale’s Future Bright committee includes Mike Fernandez. That can’t be good.”

Joel V.
10-4-2010


I heard this weekend that Bob Littlefield and Guy Phillips are now running together for city council. Pretty odd couple … Felix & Oscar?”

Inquiring Mind
10-3-2010


“Proposition 414, the one about expanding the role of the city treasurer, is the worst of the lot. (Treasurer) David Smith is the most arrogant person who has ever worked for the City of Scottsdale. It’s time somebody gives him the message that he’s supposed to be working for us.”

City Hall Hawk
10-1-2010


“Hey, Mr. Mayor … your fly is down. Glad someone exposed what you’re up to. I won’t be voting for any of the seven amendments on the ballot.”

Karol T.
9-30-2010


“I have supported Bob Littlefield for years. But why on earth he’s so gung-ho to pass the charter amendments makes me wonder. What’s up with that?”

Bill V.
9-30-2010


“Any outfit who would give money to the campaign for the charter propositions is just as bad as whoever is asking for it. That’s you Mayor Lane!”

The Dickersons
9-29-2010


“After reading about Mayor Lane soliciting money from local businesses for the Charter Amendments Campaign, that’s all I needed to know. Somebody would have to be nuts to vote for this stuff.”

Candy F.
9-28-2010


“The mayor ‘shaking down’ companies for a political campaign? Looks like he got caught with his hand in the corporate cookie jar.”

Peaceful Valley
9-28-2010


“No one should be surprised that Mayor Flim Flam is playing a shell game with us. Transparency? What a joke!

Spike
9-27-2010


“It was time to review the City Charter. We are required t do so by law. The folks appointed to do the review should have gone through an open process like all board and commission applicants have to. If the newspaper wanted to do the voters a real service they would print the old language next to the proposed language for the purpose of clarity. Transparency was not accomplished here, just like most other areas of government. Asking anyone for money to handle this election does not make sense.”

Nancy C.
9-27-2010


“It’s hard to believe the mayor’s bagman, Lamar Whitmer, wasn’t given the task to twist the arm of companies to give money to the charter campaign. Maybe the mayor doesn’t trust him to handle money.”

Name Withheld
9-27-2010


“So the ‘Riverwalk’ development has had it’s name changed to ‘Blue Sky.’ Neither name makes any sense to me.”

Pancho
9-24-2010


“Every once in a while the
Scottsdale Republic comes through. Really have appreciated reading the council candidates’ statements the last several Saturdays. Getting a good feel for where they stand. Hope to see more of the same before the election.”

Vicki S.
9-24-2010


“A dude in my office went to the Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Next Steps’ affair. He said it was pretty cool. But no mayor. When is he going to give up the chamber bashing, anyway? Petty.”

Craig G.
9-23-2010


“I wouldn’t want to tangle with Marg Nelssen. Think the mayor probably has his hands full.”

Carey T.
9-21-2010


“What am I missing here … when did John Washington become mayor? He seems to be sticking his nose into everything. I remember two years ago when he was running for mayor then dropped out. Now he’s acting like somebody gave him the keys to the city.”

Bret V.
9-20-2010


“I don’t envy Jim Lane one bit. Getting crossways with Marg Nelssen isn’t a good place to be, political or otherwise. If he’s smart, he’ll figure out how to patch things up with her. He needs her vote to hold a majority on the council. Wasn’t he the one who nominated her to fill Tony’s seat? He could be having second thoughts.”

Jason P.
9-14-2010


“I read where the city is looking for a lobbyist in Washington. Why don’t we kill two birds with one stone: send Lamar Whitmer back there to do the job. Then the city gets their lobbyist and we get rid of Lamar.”

Name Withheld
9-12-2010


“The Republic is dreaming if they think we can afford to pay $74 million for the Desert Discovery Center. Maybe the newspaper would like to chip in $50 million, or so. The last time I checked money stopped growing on trees in Scottsdale.”

Carl V.
9-10-2010


“The crazy conservatives have been trying to control the redrafting of the charter from the moment the task force was formed. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the crazies would be up to their eye balls in the city’s November election.”

Beth K.
9-7-2010


“Why does the city want to punish retired city employees by changing the rules for their pension plans? It doesn’t affect me or anyone in my family, but I don’t think it’s fair or right.”

Vic O.
9-3-2010


“It’s up to all of us to do our homework about the changes in the city’s charter. I suggest starting by finding out more about proposition 414, the amendment regarding the treasurer position. It’s Bad News!”

Jacki W.
9-2-2010


“Steve Twist is trouble … always has been, always will be.”

Larry M.
8-31-2010


“The Goldwater Institute hasn’t ‘returned’ to Scottsdale, because they never left. The members of the institute’s philosophy are more burrowed into city hall than people realize.”

City Hall Hawk
8-30-2010


“The Goldwater Institute isn’t all bad. But when they start influencing our city’s voting process, that crosses the line. This is really disturbing to know that Golderwater-ites are lurking around our elections.”

Pete G.
8-30-2010


“We read today that Fascinations boutique was robbed. Does Ben Quayle have an alibi?”

Sheryl & Kat
8-25-2010


I think every department in the City of Scottsdale should be doing everything they can to be more efficient – including the police and fire departments. But I get the feeling that the new city manager is gunning for the fire department. Now that Chief Willie has left I’m not sure what’s going to happen?”

Buster V.
8-21-2010


“Why was a statement allowed to by read from Mr. Littlefield at the Chamber of Commerce debate if he chose to boycott it? He should have either attended and spoke like the other candidates, or stayed home and shut up.”

Milo C.
8-19-2010


“I’m a retired teacher, so I felt compelled to grade the candidates I watched at the chamber forum: Wayne Ecton (B-). Linda Milhaven (B+). Ned O’Hearn (C+). Guy Phillips (D). Dennis Robbins (C). I marked Bob Littlefield absent.”

Carol F.
8-15-2010


“I wonder what the mayor was thinking when he put somebody like (Lamar) Whitmer in charge of something as important as a city commission; the city’s cable channel no less. I don’t know who’s most at fault … Lane or Whitmer? It shows poor judgment on the mayor’s part and really bad behavior by his buddy, Lamar!”

Craig G.
8-14-2010



“I think Councilman Littlefield blew it. He really missed an opportunity by not showing up at the chamber of commerce debate. Anytime a candidate running for council has a chance to get in front of voters, they should.

Ms Disappointed
8-12-2010



“I think it’s a brilliant solution for Councilman Littlefield to bring the irresponsibly insane behavior of the chairman of the Channel 11 commission to the mayor’s attention. It’s a chance for Bob to do something that would really make a difference for a lot of us.”

Paul P.
8-12-2010


“This (Channel 11 Programming Commission) has really become an outrageous playground for Lamar (Whitmer) to make a fool of himself, and waste time and money. Why does the mayor indulge this man?”

Name Withheld
8-10-2010


“Bob Littlefield tell Jim Lane that Lamar (Whitmer) is an embarrassment to the mayor? Like that’ll happen. Littlefield may be close to Lane, but not that close.”

Songbird
8-9-2010



“Lamar Whitmer is a real piece of work. How far will he go before Mayor Lane yanks his choke chain?”

Carey S.
8-8-2010


“So the Chamber of Commerce dodged a bullet. I can’t wait for their forum Wednesday. Wish (Bob) Littlefield and (Guy) Phillips didn’t back out. Voters need to see all six candidates at the same time.”

Susan G.
8-7-2010

“Gee whiz. When the Republic weighed in with its editorial today
(“Bumbling Channel 11 advisory panel an embarrassment”) and said the city should dismantle a commission, you know it’s bad.”

Gramps
8-7-2010


“After reading your column about the Channel 11 committee, I had to see for myself, so I went to the city’s archives. Totally unbelievable. I could only stomach the first 45 minutes. Much worse than I imagined. “

A Faithful City Employee
8-6-2010


“It’s not fair to paint all of the commissioners with the same brush. Ott, Washington and Whitmer are the problem.”

Justin E.
8-6-2010


“I watched the Channel 11 Commission’s meeting. You guys nailed it! You may have actually been too kind. I speculate these are all fairly smart people, but R. Lamar Whitmer has a way of making them all look so stupid. I’ve never witnessed such an unorganized and unprepared person for a meeting in my life. It’s a shame he’s in charge of anything for the city.”

Tracey F.
8-5-2010


“Thank you for the blog
(“Is It Time To Pull Plug On Wasteful Channel 11 Commission?”). Nothing would surprise me about these clowns on the commission, especially when Lamar Whitmer is the ringmaster.”

Zorro
8-5-2010


“We wish you would do a
Voice of Scottsdale about the city manager hiring his friend to be an assistant fire chief. $125,000 a year!!! Nice work if you can get it.”

Jane and Bob A.
8-2-2010


“The doctored up ‘height survey’ for Gray Development’s Riverwalk project doesn’t do much for the credibility of the developer, or how much we can trust developers. The disingenuous behavior has been a huge set-back in the public’s perception of Riverwalk.”

Jasmine G.
7-29-2010


“The Discovery Center is a javelina in a poke.”

Vicki P.
7-27-2010


“I’ve heard the Desert Discovery Center could end up costing $100K. How about the elite tourism organizations paying the freight and not expecting a handout?”

Name Withheld
7-26-2010


“If the
Scottsdale Republic is so hot to trot on the Desert Discovery Center, maybe they’d like to be a corporate sponsor!”

Tom K.
7-25-2010


“All of the newspaper’s coverage of the retirement program has replaced the endless stories about the Chamber of Commerce. It’s time to get over both of them. Please!”

Linda and Jim P.
7-18-2010


“The city has far too many citizen committees. It has gotten so bad that I believe they’ve become more about citizen interference than citizen involvement.”

Cecil O.
7-15-2010


“I feel we’ve reached a point of diminishing returns in the reporting on the early retirement plan. I lost interest months ago.”

Bette G.
7-14-2010


The following is a comment the Voice of Scottsdale received from Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts. She took issue with the statement in the previous ALERT (“The Critical Chapter Left Out Of The Early Retirement Story.”) that she had a tip from someone to look into the city’s Early Retirement Program.

Newspaper columnists aren’t the only ones with good sources.

“Not that it’ll make any difference but you might want to consider your source when you say that someone tipped me off to the early retirement story. I filed the public-records request that brought the story to light not because anyone suggested it but because I was curious about its ultimate cost, knowing the various perks given public employees.

Yep, every once in a while we journalists can stumble over a story without help.”

Laurie Roberts
7-13-2010


“The mayor and council should be accountable for whatever happens in city government – not withstanding the employee retirement program.”

Johnny V.
7-13-2010


Nice to see that Councilwoman Borowsky has started attending council meetings again.”

Mr. Chips
7-10-2010


“It’s hard to fathom why developers are so fired up to build more condos downtown. What am I missing? With the high vacancy rate, it doesn’t make sense. I’d rather see an empty lot than an empty building.”

Craig C.
7-9-2010


“Nobody should be surprised that Councilwoman Nelssen booted (Bob) Berlese off the budget commission. It’s just like when her husband removed Pete Klute from the Channel 11 committee. The city needs good volunteers who should be treated with respect.”

Sheila E.
7-9-2010


“I’ve read more stuff in the newspaper about the behind-the-scenes things regarding the city employees’ early retirement plan. It’s beginning to sound like a local ‘Watergate.’ I think quite a few people are responsible, not just the previous city manager’s team.”

Evil Eye
7-8-2010


“Okay, Marg Nelssen is on the council. It’s time to give the issue a rest.”

James G.
6-29-2010


I attended the Community Council meeting in South Scottsdale which I believe you’re referring to (Councilman Littlefield Play Politics With Appointment Process). You’re right, Littlefield climbed all over Jim Bruner for no reason whatsoever. Littlefield started out as a pretty nice guy, but he’s turned into the most angry and arrogant person on the council.”

Mike M.
6-25-2010


“Bob (Littlefield) has helped our neighborhood on a number occasions. But I’m tired of hearing him talk and Jim Lane this and Jim Lane that. Who’s running for re-election, Bob Littlefield or Jim Lane?”

Mr. South Scottsdale
6-25-2010


“I would like to add my own, ‘I’m sorry, Jim.’ There was no excuse or need to insult a man of Jim Bruner’s character.”

Carolyn A.
6-24-2010


“I’ve been a friend of Councilman Littlefield since he first ran for City Council. I’ll always be his friend, but he has lost my vote. Criticizing Mr. Bruner wasn’t called for, and, for me, it was the last straw. “

Name Withheld
6-23-2010


“Let’s be honest. The appointment process was all about politics, pure and simple. Yes, it’s said Mayor Lane wanted Marg to replace Tony because she would vote like him. But her appointment wasn’t about ‘keeping faith’ with voters. It was about ‘keeping a majority’ vote (4-3) on the council.”

Jay B.
6-22-2010


“I like it when somebody on the council shows a little passion, like Councilman Littlefield. He may not always be right, but he does have convictions.”

Barb W.
6-22-2010


“Littlefield apologizing for his sorry-ass behavior – you’ve got to be kidding!”

James V.
6-22-2010


“What’s wrong with Bob (Littlefield) being Bob? Like it or lump it.”

RoadRunner
6-22-2010


“This (
Councilman Littlefield Plays Politics In Appointment Process.) was a very respectable and right thing to do … you should feel good about this one.”

Name Withheld
6-21-2010


“I think Jim Bruner would have made a good councilman. But I can live with Mrs. Nelssen.”

Donna Z.
6-19-2010


“Marg Nelssen isn’t on the city council because of the luck of the draw. It was destiny.”

Walt K.
6-18-2010


“All hat and no council!”

Peter G.
6-18-2010


“We wish the tie vote could have been broken by appointing City Clerk Carolyn Jagger. If she’s honest enough to draw a name out of the hat, she’s honest enough to be on the council.”

Ernie and Betty C.
6-17-2010


“Marg Nelssen and Jim Bruner were both excellent candidates to fill Tony’s seat. We couldn’t have gone wrong either way.”

Margaret O.
6-17-2010


“Now that Marg Nelssen has been appointed there better not be any bellyaching when she votes and doesn’t go along with everyone who supported her.”

Cecil F.
6-17-2010


“I wanted Jim Bruner to replace councilman Nelssen. He would have been the perfect person to fill in until the next election.”

Dennis R.
6-16-2010


“It doesn’t make any difference who fills Tony Nelssen’s place on the city council. As long as Jim Lane is the mayor, we’re doomed.”

Greg F.
6-16-2010


“I hope that Marg is able to put her life back together while she’s serving on the council. She really needs the time and the space to heal.”

Ruth P.
6-16-2010


“Marg Nelssen is no Tony Nelssen.”

Name Withheld
6-16-2010


“Good luck, Marg. Make us proud!”

Darlene V.
6-16-2010


“Bravo, Voice of Scottsdale! I thought I was the only one offended by the wrong-headed idea to appoint Ms Nelssen to the council. Let’s appoint someone who has earned it.”

Jake T.
6-9-2010


“You’re wrong about the council not choosing Mrs. Nelssen to replace her husband. I bet she knows exactly how Mr. Nelssen would vote. I’ve been married to my husband for 49 wonderful years. We always finish each others’ sentences.”

Mildred P.
6-9-2010


“The three council people who voted to open up the appointment process to fill Tony’s place on the council should be commended. Having the courage to buck the move to appoint Marg Nelssen shows they’ve got their priorities straight. Keep up the good work.”

Leigh F.
6-9-2010


“Very good points!!!”

John G.
6-9-2010


“You are absolutely correct.”
(Tony Nelssen’s Boots Can’t Be Filled)

Lee T.
6-9-2010


I attended the service for Councilman Nelssen this morning. He was probably smiling. The city did a fantastic job of honoring his memory. Thank You!”

Harold K.
6-8-2010


“I don’t know how Tony Nelssen can be replaced. There are lots of good people in our community who could be appointed to the council. But there was only one Tony Nelssen.”

Beth F.
6-6-2010


My family is still in shock that who we called our ‘Favorite City Councilman’ has left us. He was our friend, and someone our whole family looked up to.”

Herb and Billi G.
6-5-2010


No one cared as much about our city’s character as Councilman Nelssen. He wasn’t just a cowboy-councilman. Tony was a caretaker of our environment.”

Green Thumb
5-31-2010


“The pictures of Tony and his trusty steed, ‘Peaches,’ say so much about him. I’ve also detected a twinkle in ‘Peaches’ eye.”

Jean P.
5-29-2010


“We haven’t had such a significant political loss like Tony Nelssen since Herb Drinkwater.”

Lute M.
5-27-2010


“Tony Nelssen was taken from us far too early. Rest in Peace, Partner.”

Billy K.
5-27-2010


“If they (city council) appoint David Smith as the permanent treasurer, things are worse than I thought. There’s something sneaky about him.”

Special Kay
5-26-2010


“When I voted for Jim Lane I thought he was going to be different than the other politicians. Silly me. He played us for suckers.”

Craig P.
5-25-2010


“I don’t think Mayor Lane has the brains to pull off half of what he’s being accused of. I bet (Tim) LaSota is pulling the strings.”

Jason V.
5-24-2010


Why is Whitmer going to council candidates and suggesting that they hire him if they want the mayor’s support? Why does he do the same thing to applicants bringing cases before the council?”

Name Withheld
5-24-2010


“A sadly correct analysis (
Mayor Lane Has Created A Two-Headed Monster.) … a terrible idea which needs to be defeated soundly at the polls!”

J.G.
5-23-2010


“City Council meetings shouldn’t be allowed to run past 10 PM. How about a little time management, people!”

Phillip P.
5-21-2010


“A couple of my friends went to the city council meeting earlier this week and really got an education. One of my friends said it was ‘organized chaos.’ After getting a taste of how the council behaved, they say they’ll never go back.”

Milly P.
5-21-2010


“The way the mayor and council treated people who came to speak at the council meeting last night (May 18th) was inexcusable. People shouldn’t have to wait to speak for five hours. Shape up, council!”

Joe F.
5-19-2010


“I guess anybody who works for the mayor gets a free pass.”

Vince G.
5-14-2010


“I had the opportunity to have some dealings with Tim LaSota. Wish I could say it was pleasant. It was hard to cut through his arrogance. Wonder if Mayor Lane knows how LaSota treats the public?”

Name Withheld
5-14-2010


“Is there anything the mayor’s buddies, like Whitmer and LaSota, can’t get away with? They’re really a poor reflection on Jim Lane and our city.”

Jane S.
5-13-2010


Well put!”
(Mayor’s “Pit Bull” Promoting Death Penalty.)

John G.
5-12-2010


“Loved ‘he can take a man out of the county attorney’s office, but he can’t take the county attorney’s office out of the man.’ Touche!”

Name Withheld
5-12-2010


“As a 40 plus year law enforcement supporter, I say ‘hurrah’ for Mr. LaSota! It’s about time we supported men and not liberals in public office.”

Tom B.
5-12-2010


“Seems ‘our’ mayor views the title Mayor as some sort of ‘Kingship.’ Wonder how long the council will tolerate his view?”

Name Withheld
5-11-2010


“For anyone who believes that bad things happen in 3’s, here’s something to ponder: the three citizen committee chairman … Whitmer, Twist and Schmitt. Then the three candidates for city manager … Gretsas, Hillman and Richert. And then there’s Lane LaSota and Whitmer. Think about it.”

Jules B.
5-3-2010


“My money is on Dave Richert as the next city manager. He looks and sounds like he’s perfect for Scottsdale.”

Gigi O.
5-2-2010


“We have a pool going on in our office about how long the next city manager is going to last. Most of us are wagering somewhere between one and two years.”

Worker Bee
5-2-2010


“Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony Nelssen, who we hope recovers quickly.”

The Potters
4-27-2010


“Very interesting as well a disturbing piece (“Second Member Driven Off Troubled Channel 11 Commission”
). But poor choice of language re: ‘their queer political relationship’ (Jim Lane & Lamar Whitmer).”

John G.
4-26-2010


“I was wondering how long it would take for someone to get the bright idea of robbing the preserve fund. It was only a matter of time.”

G.S.
4-23-2010


“Is Lamar Whitmer a lawyer or does he only play one on Channel 11?”

Betsy V.
4-23-2010


“Is the council going to end up confiscating the Sonoran Preserve money? They’re not supposed to be able to touch that account. This is an election year!”

Lost Dutchman
4-23-2010


“We were going through the channels the other night and caught some of the meeting of the Charter Task Force. Why do men sit on one side and women sit on the other side? It looks like a bad episode of ‘Family Feud’ … men against the women.”

Pete and Vivian U.
4-21-2010


“What has Lamar Whitmer got on Jim Lane?”

V-Rocket
4-20-2010


“What’s the criteria for someone to be picked to be on a committee? I bet you don’t just have to know someone, you probably have to have contributed to their election campaigns. Where I come from that’s called patronage.”

Hector R.
4-18-2010


“Our city has a commission for everything. It’s little wonder that some of them end up out of control. I think it goes to some of these people’s heads who are on them.”

B.J.
4-16-2010


“I’m truly baffled. The city should be encouraging citizens to participate in committees like the Channel 11 commission, not running them off.”

Chet O.
4-14-2010


“I’m shocked to say the least about what is going on at city hall. It’s like a mini-Obama takeover!”

Guy P.
4-13-2010


“The task forces and commissions need experts like Mr. Renzulli. When professionals in our community see how others are treated, no one will want to serve on these committees. That will be a loss.”

Hummer2
4-13-2010


“Turning a citizen committee into a political circus is wrong.”

Greg C.
4-13-2010


“Good God Almighty, this is totally appalling! Whitmer is a full-blown control freak, so it seems.”

Name Withheld
4-12-2010


“Thanks for covering the Channel 11 story. I can’t believe that Mr. Klute was kicked off the commission just because he doesn’t have Cox cable!!! What’s wrong with this picture?”

Mel O.
4-10-2010


“How does commissioner (Lamar) Whitmer think he can get away with having a citizen thrown off the Channel 11 commission. Why haven’t we seen anything about it in the Republic?”

Zel and Carol
4-9-2010


“I think we need to cut Councilman (Tony) Nelssen some slack. He needs our prayers, not criticism.”

Jane G.
4-9-2010


“Putting Tony Nelssen up to firing Pete Klute is dirty pool. It’s just like Lamar (Whitmer). He should be ashamed of himself.”

Phil W.
4-8-2010


“This whole episode with the Channel 11 committee is like something out of the Twilight Zone. Please, somebody pinch me!”

Mr. Reality
4-8-2010


“When does Mayor Lane finally say ‘enough is enough’ with this Whitmer character?”

Peggy G.
4-8-2010


“Does Lamar Whitmer think he’s the mayor?”

4Wheeler
4-8-2010


“The package of bonds started at a cost of $405 million. Then it was dropped to $388 million. But there are now more projects than the original proposal. How does that happen?”

April Fool
4-1-2010


“I haven’t made up my mind about the bonds. Apparently the city council hasn’t either. It also appears that the city’s staff people can’t figure out what the council wants. Isn’t that what we pay them for?”

GLC
3-24-2010


“Now that Scottsdale passed another tax on visitors, I bet we see fewer of them.”

Ruby V.
3-22-2010


“My wife and I voted for the bed tax because it’s a wise investment. No money out of our pocket, and that’s a good thing. Sorry, tourists, but it’s what’s best for Scottsdale.”

Sam K.
3-20-2010


“I read where our mayor is jet setting in China. How can the city afford to send him to another country when he says government should be a lean, mean machine. It doesn’t add up.”

ChopSticks
3-19-2010


“I agree with your newsletter about Jim Derouin. How about writing something about his sidekick, Alan Kaufman.”

Clyde P.
3-16-2010


“Less lawyers on the city’s commissions and committees would be a step in the right direction. How about a few more real people!”

Breezy
3-16-2010


“Thank you. Someone has finally written what I’ve been thinking for some time about (Jim) Derouin. I’ve watched many of the charter task force meetings for months, and have watched him become a know-it-all. I didn’t read what he said in the Republic about the election, but I’m not surprised. He’s gotten a big head.”

Cheryl O.
3-15-2010


“You’re right, the task force was asked to review the charter for ‘housekeeping.’ Now it looks like they’re tearing down the charter and starting all over.”

Missy G.
3-15-2010


“I saw the Tea Party demonstration against the bed tax at Civic Center Mall. First the Goldwater Institute and now the Tea Party! What’s this city coming to?”

Old Timer
3-13-2010


“We have mixed emotions about the bed tax passing. We’re not sure that it will make much difference in the long run. Suppose it will all depend on how the extra money is spent. All in all it seems like it could be a risky and expensive experiment.”

Roy and Ruth T.
3-12-2010


Don’t you just love it when ‘the worm turns.’”

Name Withheld
3-11-2010


“Transparency is a moving target for most politicians. Scottsdale is lucky to have four council people willing to make politics more transparent. Four out of seven is bad.”

Mr. Taxpayer
3-10-2010


“It’s good that Mr. Ecton stuck with it. He introduced his transparency issue last summer. But it doesn’t go into effect until this June. What’s up with that?”

Joey V.
3-9-2010


“Transparency. We don’t need no stinking transparency!”

Johnny Ringo
3-8-2010


“Why would Mayor Lame oppose more transparency? That’s all he ever talks about.”

Phil K.
3-8-2010


Jim Lane quoting Thomas Jefferson! What’s wrong with this picture?”

Lou G.
2-23-2010


“Transparency, honesty and truthfulness in politics? You’ve got to be kidding!”

Mary P.
2-23-2010


“Hey, give the mayor a break. ‘Transparency’ is only a figure of speech.”

Ed B.
2-23-2010


I try to watch the council meetings whenever I know that there is going to be a financial report. Why isn’t David Smith, the city’s new treasurer, ever able to answer any of the council’s questions. Every time they ask him something, he always has to ask some person on the staff what the answer is. I thought this guy was supposed to know something about finances???”

Robert V.
2-22-2010


“I hope that sometime soon you write about John Little. I’d like to know what he has been doing since he was fired.”

Name Withheld
2-22-2010


“When is everybody going to stop picking on Mayor Lane. I think he’s doing a pretty good job. Just because he’s not a good speaker, doesn’t mean he’s a bad mayor. He’s doing the best he can.”

Ruth O.
2-21-2010


I’ve been on vacation and haven’t been able to follow what’s happening at city hall. So thanks for the update on the charter task force. I’m not sure my wife and I will be voting for anything that this commission cooks up.”

Dean S.
2-18-2010


“The Voice of Scottsdale is like the Lone Ranger – a lone voice in our city. Keep up the good work Masked People.”

Tonto
2-16-2010


“I want to hear more about the Goldwater Institution. The less I hear, the more I’m worried that they’re up to no good. Please tell us more.”

Suzy G.
2-16-2010



I’m getting sick and tired of hearing how Jim Lane has delivered on all of his campaign promises. I’m more worried about the things he’s delivering he never promised.”

AZWildflower
2-15-2010


Thank you. I thought I was the only one following the charter review process. I couldn’t agree more that the task force is digging into ‘our constitution’ much too deeply. My understanding was that the charter was supposed to be a flexible document. I wish they would stop before they do any more harm.”

Frank W.
2-9-2010


“I truly don’t know how much the Goldwater Institute has been involved with the charter commission. It probably makes no difference, because everything that I’ve read makes it sound like they would sure be happy with how things are going. My guess is that the GI will be participating before all is said and done.”

Herb G.
2-9-2010


“The latest blog about the charter review group really resonated with me. Please keep it up.”

Ginger V.
2-9-2010


“I wish every city task force was more responsive to citizens. Sometimes it sounds like these committees, not just the charter task force, are only trying to please the city council.”

Ron S.
2-9-2010


I attended a luncheon yesterday where Jim Lane was the guest speaker. No one sitting at our table (there were 8 of us) was impressed. He was unprepared and slept walked through the speech.”

Name Withheld
2-3-2010


“I bet Ed Phillips will think twice before he asks Jim Lane to speak again at an Economic Growth Association event.”

Pat. S.
2-3-2010


“I’m opposed to censorship of any kind. But I’m willing to make an exception if I ever get invited to hear another Jim Lane speech like the one I heard today. He’s awful.”

Sam U.
2-2-2010


“I read the column in the newspaper by Lamar Whitmer defending why he tried to prevent John Little from appearing on Channel 11, a clear violation of Little’s right of free speech. Mr. Whitmer needs to stick to lobbying, because his familiarity with broadcasting law leaves a lot to be desired.”

Legal Eagle
2-1-2010


“If a person is known by the company they keep, Jim Lane has a problem.”

Pete F.
1-26-2010


“Before I read the Book Burning newsletter, I had read about one of Lane’s advisers referring to himself as the Uber Mayor, or something like that. So I know that fear mongering is no exaggeration. Things are starting to come full circle. Keep up the good work.”

Trudy V.
1-25-2010


“Spot on. We’ve lived here 37 years and what’s happening to Scottsdale makes us sad and angry.”

Scott & Delores M.
1-25-2010


“I don’t watch Channel 11 a lot, but so what! When someone tries to tamper with the first amendment, it threatens all of us.”

Pat T.
1-25-2010


“Thank you soooo much for today’s blog about censorship. I hope it wakes people up. Because I work for the city, I know (for a fact) that people have warned Mayor Lane about the people around him. There is something to be said for his loyalty to his friends, but his first responsibility is to the city. Please don’t use my name, I want to keep my job. Thanks.

Name Withheld
1-25-2010


“Who’s in charge? Does Jim Lane get his marching orders from Lamar Whitmer – or does Lamar Whitmer get his marching orders from Jim Lane?”

Name Withheld
1-23-2010


“When somebody starts screwing around with the first amendment, like what happened at Channel 11, you’ve got trouble. The arrogance of the chairman of the station’s commission is amazing. The Republic got it right. We should all be fearful about the future with people like him involved in the city.”

Donna R.
1-23-2010


“This Whitmer guy has got to go.”

Robert S.
1-23-2010


For once, I agree with the Scottsdale Republic. All of the citizen task forces and commissions only add up to political patronage. I think the city council needs to rethink how people are appointed, and who appoints them. There’s got to be a better way.”

Jay R.
1-23-2010


Honestly, is anyone surprised that Lamar has let the power go to his head?”

JugHead
1-22-2010


How much longer will Mayor Lane look the other way as his buddies, like that Whitmer character, abuse their relationship? Catch a clue mayor!”

Nanci G.
1-21-2010


“Thank you for the “Businesses Are Boiling” blog. I’m glad that someone is saying something. I voted for Jim Lane because he was supposed to be a businessman. Right! What a disappointment.”

Kathleen K.
1-18-2010


“I knew Barry Goldwater and he’d be spinning in his grave over Lane’s antics and the Goldwater Institute’s assaults. His daughter resigned from their board over this. Lane is a scary dude and Whitmer is worse. Someone needs to reveal the truth about him.”

Oldtimer
1-18-2010


Three Blind Mice (Lane, Whitmer and LaSota) see how they run from the truth.”

Virgil W.
1-18-2010


“Mutated principles and philosophy have a price,” you can say that again. Businesses are dying, including mine, and Mayor Lane is twiddling his thumbs. I wish he spent half as much time focusing on bringing our businesses back to life as he does trying to destroy the chamber of commerce. The chamber is working for us, not against us.”

Judi V.
1-18-2010


“Mayor Lane’s bunker mentality is hurting Scottsdale. It won’t be long before he’s conducting the city’s business from an undisclosed location.”

Tag You’re It
1-18-2010


“I saw the so-called “Special Report” in the Republic about Jim Lane’s first year as mayor. I hope the articles were only the beginning. We deserve to hear the rest of the story.”

Herb C.
1-17-2010


“Lane, LaSota and Whitmer. Sounds like a personal injury law firm. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.”

PR Guru
1-15-2010


“I read that Lamar Whitmer wants us to believe he’s only a policy wonk trying to give Mayor Lane a hand. PLEASE!!! He’s no wonk – he’s a wanker.”

Junkyard Dog
1-15-2010


“We know the Messenger family quite well. They’re good people who have always represented the best things about Scottsdale. Paul is a class act. It baffles us why he still supports Jim Lane. This isn’t the Scottsdale we know and love.”

Name Withheld
1-14-2010


“I heard that Pat Dodds, the city’s long-time public information officer, has called it quits. Is there anyone left who can find their way from the parking lot to their office? There’s something to be said for experience. Mr. Dodds was a good guy who we could trust. Sorry to see him go.”

Julie V.
1-13-2010


I watched last week’s city council meeting and couldn’t believe my eyes or ears. There were actually council people (including Mayor Lame) who were ready to appoint the temporary city manager and treasurer permanently without doing any kind of search for candidates to fill the positions. Hasn’t that been tried already?”

Bernadine Q.
1-8-2010


“I say it’s time we evict the Goldwater institute from city hall!”

Bruce J.
1-7-2010


“The last time I checked, voters elected Jim Lane, for better or for worse … not the Goldwater Institute.”

Tom T.
1-6-2010


“After working under 3 city managers and 3 mayors, I saw a lot of different management styles. I recently, and voluntarily, left the city and now work for another municipal government. What a difference! No politics. I hear many more employees will be out the door in Scottsdale soon.”

“Glad to be Gone”
1-6-2010


“Jim Lane has proven he doesn’t play well with others. I pity the next city manager, if someone can be found to work with the schizophrenic politicians.”

Sandy F.
1-6-2010


“I’ve got several friends who work for the city. The working conditions are more awful than most people realize. Some of their stories would make your hair stand on end. It sounds like a living hell, and getting worse.”

Martha P.
1-6-2010


My wife and I used to be supporters of the Goldwater Institute. We parted company with them when they lost their way.”

Vince G.
1-6-2010


“New Year’s Resolution No.1: Scottsdale citizens standing up to the radical element that’s invading our city.”

Laverne K.
12-24-09


“Thanks for the recent blog on fanaticism. I wish more people understood how organizations like the Goldwater Institute actually threaten good government. Keep it up!”

Jolene U.
12-24-09


“The Goldwater Institute needs to get a life! For a group that says they advocate less intrusion by government in our lives, they seem to find a way of sticking their noses into what should be our affairs.”

Peter S.
12-23-09


“Jim Lane’s assertion that he is not part of government, while disturbingly perplexing, is satisfyingly prophetic.”

John L.
12-23-09


“Interesting article (“Fanaticism Never Takes A Holiday”). What is your definition of ‘fanaticism’ or ‘extremism?’ These terms are constantly tossed about by the left but are never defined!”

Tom B.
12-22-09


The privatization thing has the Goldwater Institute written all over it. If there was any question about Lane being in their pocket, this latest deal should dispel any doubts.”

Francine P.
12-13-09


“Is there drug testing for the city council?”

Billy C.
12-12-09


“They can call it whatever they want, ‘outsourcing’ or ‘privatization,’ it’s a horrible idea. If it’s not broken, why try to fix it. We smell a rat.”

Judy & Frank K.
12-11-09


“Give me a break! I’m from Chicago, also known as ‘The City That Works.’ Hey, if farming out services are good enough for Chicago, it should be good enough for Scottsdale.”

Chi-Town Jim
12-10-09


“I’ve lived all over the country, so I’ve experienced an assortment of municipal services. Scottsdale, without any doubt in my mind, provides the best city services my family has ever enjoyed.”

Felix P.
12-10-09


“Right On!

John G.
12-9-09


“It’s appropriate to point out in this context that one reason politicians like contracting out (services) is because the contractors then become good sources for fund raising.”

Roy P.
12-9-09


“Kudos on your recent columns. A fresh air blows.”

Betty D.
12-9-09


“We can’t expect Jim Lane to be another Herb Drinkwater. Like it or not, Lane is creating his own legacy. Anyone who really knows him isn’t surprised.”

Vinnie B.
12-3-09


“Mayor Drinkwater must be spinning in his grave because of what Scottsdale is turning into.”

Fred V.
12-2-09


“I agree with Dick Bowers. As a long-time resident of Scottsdale, I’m worried about where the city is going. It seems like petty politics may be our undoing. It’s embarrassing and depressing.”

Sybil G.
12-1-09


“The city hasn’t been the same since ‘Mr. Scottsdale’ was mayor.”

David & Jane S.
12-1-09


“Somebody should spank Jim Lane’s behind!”

George K.
12-1-09


“I like your site, your message and your chutzpah. Please send me any future posts. Thanks for your role in helping citizens ferret out those that would undermine our city charter without due process.”

Name Withheld
11-30-09


Words hurt feelings, silence breaks hearts.”

Barbara E.
11-26-09


“After all the pain and suffering over the last two city managers, who in their right mind would want to fill the position? David Richert needs our thoughts and prayers, and also a lot of luck to survive in such a hostile environment.”

Cathy E.
11-24-09


“Why criticize the Goldwater Institute? At least someone is willing to take an active interest in making sure our city government is looking out for taxpayers. I don’t agree with them 100% of the time, but they have good intentions. Scottsdale is lucky to have their involvement.”

Angelo & Liz M
11-24-09


“Mayor Lame must think we’re all idiots or something. I think he’s just a seat warmer for the next mayor, whoever that is??? It’s hard to imagine the damage he’ll do in the next three years. Heaven Help Scottsdale!”

Simon L
11-23-09


“The Goldwater Institute should mind its own business. If they’re really a think tank, which I doubt, they should go think about something other than Scottsdale.”

Gene D.
11-23-09


“What would Barry do?”

Betty M.
11-23-09


“We usually don’t open any email that looks like it could be political. But a good friend sent it to us, so we did. Glad someone is finally saying something about what we have suspected for some time. We’ve forwarded the Voice of Scottsdale website to many of our friends. Thank you.”

Darlene & Merle O.
11-20-09


“Bravo. I keep hoping that the local newspaper will take a stronger stand and expose this (stuff). Isn’t that what newspapers are supposed to do? One way or the other it’s important that more people hear about what’s going on in our city’s government. It makes me sick to watch what is happening.”

Susan G.
11-20-09


“I’m not sure why I received the Voice of Scottsdale, but I’m really glad I did. I appreciate being included in something so important. I’ve sent it to my neighbors.”

Phil Z.
11-20-09


“Whenever we hear that the city council is going to be discussing an important issue, we try to watch on city cable. We don’t always understand some of the procedural back and forth parts. But we know enough to understand something is really haywire down there. Please include us if there are any mailings in the future.”

Robert & Trudy C.
11-20-09


“Where’s Mary?”

Bart M.
11-20-09


“After reading about the Goldwater Institute, I think things are even worse than I thought. Could this really be happening in Scottsdale?”

Elaine G.
11-20-09


“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m a third generation Republican and have lived in Scottsdale for 26 years. I’m embarrassed to say I voted for Mr. Lane. I’m very disappointed, and I’m not alone.”

Jean V.
11-19-09


“When the city council fired John Little (city manager) I was shocked. Are they crazy or what? Thanks for putting things into perspective.”

Frank S.
11-19-09


“God Bless Barry.”

Penny T.
11-19-09


“Normally I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories. But I wouldn’t put anything past the Goldwater folks. It’s a shame they’re being allowed to have so much influence in our city.”

Bruce Y.
11-19-09


“What’s new … another politician on a power trip. Lane is a control freak.”

Paul C.
11-19-09


“Thank you for sending the Voice of Scottsdale. It is refreshing to hear other voices out there in the midst of significant change in our city.

Name Withheld
11-19-09


“I’m a registered Republican, and I want to let everyone know that the Goldwater Institute doesn’t represent the thinking in our party. The institute and their followers are in the minority. They don’t speak for me or my friends.”

Jane E.
11-19-09


“Welcome to the new Mesa!”

Sharon K.
11-19-09


“Great to finally hear from someone willing to point out the ugly truth!”

Name Withheld
11-19-09


“The Goldwater Institute has zero credibility in my book. They’re nuts!!!”

Spencer W.
11-19-09