Smith: Scottsdale infrastructure needs should supersede political infighting

A fundamental citizen right, guaranteed by Arizona law, is the right to vote on matters of taxation — both sales tax rates and property tax [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: more ways than one to vote on the Desert EDGE

At the April 10 Scottsdale City Council meeting, I made a motion for council to discuss and consider seeking voter approval to issue bonds for up [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: need for infrastructure reinvestment ought to supersede political posture

On April 17, the Scottsdale City Council was scheduled to consider ballot language that would ask voters to approve a bond issue of $350 million [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: lack of Scottsdale election donation limits bolsters ‘dark money’ influence

The citizens of Tempe deserve credit for voting to preserve the integrity and transparency of their local elections. So too, their local elected [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: I’d like to explain my Bell storage zoning case position

Thanks to each of you for taking the time to write and express your concerns; as you might imagine, councilmembers heard similar concerns from [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: my view of the history of a Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center at the Gateway

During the recent council work study session on the Desert EDGE project, I summarized the history of events that has led to locating a Discovery [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: another right of an Arizona citizen is lost

Tensions sometimes arise between developers — driven to maximize their project’s profitability — and neighbors fearful a project’s [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the Scottsdale Desert Discovery debate carries on

Tuesday evening, council heard a brief presentation from the study group under contract to develop the concept for a Desert Discovery Center. [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the great Scottsdale Millennial debate

I’ve felt a certain disconnect as I’ve read the recent debating opinions about “millennials.” Like so many labels, the term millennial is a [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: legacy of extraordinary volunteer signified with William P. Schrader Day

Last night our city commemorated 50 years of volunteer service from former Mayor Bill Schrader by declaring Jan. 30, 2017 as William P. Schrader [...] Continue Reading →