OPINION: John Washington responds to Mayor Lane’s DDC editorial

Here’s MY “signed opinion.” There’s just no nice way to say it. Incumbent Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane is a liar. He [...] Continue Reading →

Washington: recent Scottsdale election poll is PR propaganda

The recent Scottsdale Independent reprint of a Jim Lane campaign press release (Scottsdale Strong: 37% of 400 polled prefer incumbent in August [...] Continue Reading →

Washington: The facts about Scottsdale are public record

I have a lot of respect for former city councilman and former state legislator Paul Messinger. He is the very definition of a senior statesman of [...] Continue Reading →

John Washington: why I love the community of Scottsdale

I love Scottsdale. I’ve written hundreds of articles on “why I love Scottsdale” for my blog, ScottsdaleTrails.com. I love Scottsdale for many of [...] Continue Reading →

Washington: Welcome to the Scottsdale political Twilight Zone

As we once again begin Scottsdale’s political silly season, we would do well to remind ourselves that good governance doesn’t come from selecting [...] Continue Reading →

Scottsdale native promoted to U.S. Coast Guard Captain

Arizona native and Scottsdale graduate, Commander Russ Bowen, was recently selected for promotion to Captain, United States Coast Guard. [...] Continue Reading →

2015 bond pitch illustrates selective recession in Scottsdale

If you have read the election information pamphlet for the upcoming Nov. 3 Scottsdale tax increase (aka, “bond”) election, virtually every [...] Continue Reading →

Washington: Scottsdale Gateway Alliance IDA grant deserves more scrutiny

“Public-private partnership” is another term for, “taxpayer, hold onto your wallet.” The recent grant of $50,000 to the private Scottsdale [...] Continue Reading →

Washington: Scottsdale Schools has got some explaining to do

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent David Peterson and the majority of the elected SUSD governing board members — Bonnie [...] Continue Reading →

‘Real’ tax reform is no substitute for real budget discipline

David Smith’s Feb. 24 Scottsdale Independent column “Scottsdale City Council to debate real tax reform,” describes nothing more [...] Continue Reading →