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Hello. My name is Kevin Maxwell and it is my intention to run for Scottsdale City Council. Some see Scottsdale as two distinctive cities. The north and south Scottsdale. To me, it’s one … more
The most recent semi-annual report issued by the Arizona Department of Child Safety indicated that there were 14,205 Arizona children in out of home care on June 30, 2019. After consistent … more
I spent much of last year working on community issues, meeting leaders and citizens from all sectors of our city. The crown jewel was working with a great Political Action Committee to support … more
If American Revolutionary War hero Thomas Paine were alive today, he would certainly repeat his famous 1776 statement, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” We’re … more
As a resident of Scottsdale for 16 years, I have seen significant change in our community. Some of it has been positive, but more recently the over development has become a major concern. The … more
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could result in me being kicked out of the only country I have ever known. On Jan. 29 a musical called “¡Americano!” opens at The … more
The Arizona Department of Revenue certifies charities as qualifying foster care charitable organizations for purposes of the Arizona state tax credit. Among the stated criteria: a charity must … more
A number of Scottsdale citizens have asked me about the Southbridge II redevelopment project that is now the subject of a referendum. This referendum seeks to reverse the council’s approval … more
Southbridge 2 has caused a lot of concern for a lot of people in Scottsdale. It is my belief that these people opposing SB2 are ill informed and do not understand the alternatives. There is … more
The holidays are upon us and with them comes the endless parade of tasty treats and heavy holiday meals which can challenge our will power and our health. Holiday celebrations often encourage … more
Scottsdale has reached a fork in the road that leads to two very different futures for our urban core. Sadly, neither of these options is what is being disclosed by those behind the referendum … more
As 2019 comes to a close, and the calendar turns to a new decade, many are taking a moment to evaluate their financial goals. Is 2020 the year to get out of debt, buy a house, plan that once in a … more
I support Southbridge II. I have reservations about the Southbridge referendum. This surprises a lot of people, and has made others hostile. I’ve been accused of accepting money, being a … more
Wow! 2020 is around the corner. It will be a new decade full of opportunities. The Valley of the Sun is the fastest growing area in the country with over 200 new people moving here daily. Our plan … more
Both the flag and the seal of the City of Scottsdale feature a cowboy on a bucking bronco. The City slogan is the “West’s Most Western Town.” Actually, nothing could be further … more
I’ll be honest with you. If, 10 years ago, you’d have told me I would care enough about local events to write something like this, I would have given you a large dose of side-eye and gone … more
American fiction writer John Gardner once observed “History never looks like history when you living through it.” And so it has always been in our fair city. Architects, urban … more
On Dec. 4 the City Council majority, on a narrow 4-3 vote, approved the massive Southbridge II project in Old Town. Immediately the surrounding merchants, whose businesses will be negatively … more
Developer-driven redevelopment gives free rein for developers to grow cities the way they want to. Sound familiar? We do have developer-driven redevelopment, without an up-to-date General Plan, … more
Scottsdale is on the precipice of the most exciting transition the city has seen in the last 50 years. Living here the last 15 years and working in public relations, I have been fortunate to have … more
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