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The recent protests about systemic racism have brought national awareness and engagement to the issues of justice and equality for all; issues that demand our attention as we strive to continually … more
This month, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved an incredibly important new affordable housing initiative. With Phoenix being the nation’s fastest growing city, and housing costs … more
Amidst the turmoil and divisiveness that have plagued the first half of 2020, we have an opportunity to set a positive path for Scottsdale going forward --- electing Virginia Korte as our mayor. I … more
The City Council offers a “bonus” or an incentive to developers to design and build in areas that the council considers blighted or are highly desirable locations to drive growth. … more
Reason 1 As many of us have heard in the media, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have issued Executive Orders forcing anyone from Arizona (and several other states with … more
Paul Dembow is entitled to his own opinions on candidates running for Town Council, but he is not entitled to misrepresent the facts. Politics can be very ugly sometimes, including here in Paradise … more
We write to you as concerned members of the community to request that you agendize for discussion a petition submitted to you on June 29 relating to the conduct of Councilmember Guy Phillips. As … more
“I can’t breathe.” We heard these harrowing words repeatedly in recent years from dying Black Americans, including George Floyd. Today, I see them as the thread tying together … more
Councilman Phillips’ comments and behaviors at the recent rally, mocking the words of a dying man, are abhorrent to us. We believe that he has brought dishonor to his position of City … more
The COVID-19 crisis and the riots and looting in our own downtown have exposed an absence of leadership in Scottsdale. Leadership comes from the top, mayor and council, not from city staff, and … more
Back to school is only weeks away. While we may not have a detailed roadmap on what that will look like, we do know that there will be some changes, and it’s time to adapt. Adaptation is a … more
Virginia Korte has brought informed and sensitive leadership to Scottsdale for decades, and I trust that she will continue to do so for years to come. I first met Virginia when she was general … more
I recently took a trip to Jerome, Arizona and I visited a small art gallery. I was so impressed with the work of artist Janie Layers. I fell in love with and identified with a beautiful sculpture … more
This past Sunday, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix hosted a candidate debate for both the City Council and the mayoral elections. One of the questions posed to candidates was … more
Last week councilmember Guy Phillips used his city position to lead an anti-mask campaign on the grounds of City Hall, and while doing so he cited the words of George Floyd “I can’t … more
In 48 hours, over 9,000 people have signed two petitions calling for Scottsdale City Council member Guy Phillips’ removal from office. News of Phillips’ “I Can’t … more
Kudos to Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips for standing up to mandates that violate our Constitutional rights. And he should not need to apologize for using a truthful and factual … more
I am shocked and saddened at what I saw in Scottsdale on Wednesday. The “unmask” demonstration is an offense to my very being. The ridicule of the death of George Floyd at the … more
On Wednesday, Councilman Guy Phillips led a rally against the city’s mandate to wear masks. I have publicly stated two things regarding this: I do not personally like the mandate, but I … more
Dear Mayor Lane and City Councilmembers, I am writing to you as a private citizen to condemn Councilmember Guy Phillips’ hateful speech he recited at Wednesday’s “Unmask … more
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