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A college professor once asked a class I was in, “What one word would you use to describe the United States of America?” I said defiant. Because both the connotation and denotation of … more
Mother Teresa famously said “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” This current virus pandemic means for some of us that we can help make the situation a … more
Last week Kathy and I called for the mayor and council majority to follow the recommendations of the medical community to close restaurants and bars to on-premises service. We urged Kathy’s … more
The coronavirus is causing unprecedented challenges both socially and economically. Governments at every level must get creative to support residents and businesses, and to avoid total economic … more
Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the … more
Times are hard right now for Scottsdale. Whether it’s the disruption caused to families because of school closures, the adjustments made for working at home, or the loss of income from … more
If the current public health crisis has taught us anything it has reminded us how tourist-dependent our local economy has become. The crisis and the government’s public safety response … more
The Federal Government has advised no gatherings of more than 10; the state government has ordered the closing of bars and restaurants of any county with a confirmed case of the virus. Arizona … more
This is a time in which everyone is being tested like never before --- and that includes the students and teachers of the Scottsdale Unified School District. The challenges of the current … more
A message to all #Arizona business owners, city officials and state leadership: This is especially for the leaders of the City of #Scottsdale, a city that has more restaurants and public venues in … more
That would be the house of the Scottsdale City Council, not having the strength nor the vision to shutdown the restaurants and bars. Are our elected officials smarter than and have a greater … more
I’m scared. This time it’s personal. My daughter, Dr. Tracey, is a neurologist at a community hospital near Boston. She is on call today. Her shift started this morning. She will … more
Dear Solange, Thank you once again for taking the time to speak with me today. It is wonderful to know that local government is listening to our concerns. As per our conversation today, I just … more
Honorable mayor and honorable council members: As you are aware, yesterday, the Southbridge 2 ownership voluntarily withdrew their appeal, which had been entered at the Arizona Supreme Court. … more
Unprecedented times. Two words we all seem to use a lot these days. And while the crisis Scottsdale’s tourism industry now faces can be described in no other way, our industry and our … more
In recent days we’ve seen the devastating ripple effects that fear can have on a community. It can shut down economic activity with both short- and long-term effects. It can show what … more
Mayor and Members of Council... At no time in memory have citizens suffered more from disinformation and lack of information. This is true of the national discussions of the COVID-19 virus, as … more
The elimination of Scottsdale’s food tax conjures up the old American adage, “Penny wise, pound foolish.” It is never prudent to cut $14 million from a city budget without … more
As mayor of Scottsdale, I am keenly aware of the growing concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arizona. I want you to know that your city government is focused on keeping the public and our … more
The various debates that had been taking place in Scottsdale now seem so trivial. The Desert Discovery Center, Southbridge 2 and the latest civic issue that may be creating anger or acclaim still … more
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