Milhaven, Smith, Littlefield win seats on Scottsdale City Council

Beth Duckett, The Republic | azcentral.com November 12, 2014   A tightly contested Scottsdale City Council race was decided late Wednesday, with incumbent Linda Milhaven and newcomers David Smith and Kathy Littlefield winning seats on the council in final election results.   Littlefield beat incumbent Dennis Robbins by 54 votes out of nearly 28,000 cast […]

Milhaven, Smith lead in Scottsdale council election

Milhaven, Smith still lead, 3rd seat tight in Scottsdale council election Beth Duckett, The Republic | azcentral.com 12:31 p.m. MST November 5, 2014 A sitting council member and a newcomer were holding leads for two Scottsdale City Council seats early Wednesday, while the battle for a third and final seat was extremely tight between two […]

Dark Money Impacts Scottsdale Elections

Report likely to shed light on ‘dark money’ By: Beth Duckett THE REPUBLIC • AZCENTRAL October 29, 2014   Campaign-finance reports due by Friday, Oct. 31, will shed light on spending in Scottsdale’s City Council election, including the cost of recent mailers paid for by a political committee targeting candidate David Smith. Six candidates are […]

One Candidate Stands Out

One Candidate Stands Out YOUR VIEW – OPINIONS Scottsdale Republic, October 18, 2014   Tired of the “political street signs” littering Scottsdale’s streetscape? So is Scottsdale City Council candidate David Smith. He’s running without street signs. That’s the first sign that a City Council candidate will put the public interest ahead of his political interests. […]

Real Tax Reform in Scottsdale Needed

Real Tax Reform in Scottsdale Needed MY TURN – OPINIONS Scottsdale Republic, October 18, 2014   For several years during the recession, the City Council has applauded itself for not increasing our property taxes by the legally allowed 2 percent, an action that has saved the average citizen about $2.25 per year. What is never […]

David Given 4 Stars for Accuracy…Again!

SkySong’s ‘sunk cost’ assertion: Council candidate’s claim examined   Edward Gately The Republic • azcentral.com October 17, 2014   WHO SAID IT: David Smith   TITLE: Scottsdale City Council candidate   THE COMMENT: “At this point, the $81.4 million investment (in SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center) is a ‘sunk cost’ in economic […]

The WestWorld Sinkhole…

Scottsdale to use more hotel-tax funds for WestWorld Edward Gately, The Republic | azcentral.com 2:40 p.m. MST October 8, 2014   Scottsdale will spend another $1.1 million in revenue from a tax on hotel rooms to cover the remaining cost of an expansion project at the WestWorld event center.   The City Council on Tuesday […]

David Smith Leads Campaign Fundraising…

By: Beth Duckett Scottsdale Republic, Community News September 27, 2014   David Smith, Scottsdale’s former city treasurer, led the charge in campaign fundraising in recent finance reports filed by City Council candidates.   Smith is among six candidates in the running for three seats opening on the Scottsdale City Council. The city’s general election is […]

David Given 4 Stars For Accuracy…

Fact check: Did a quarter of Milhaven’s contributions come from bar district? Beth Duckett, The Republic azcentral.com July 30, 2014     WHO SAID IT: David Smith. THE RACE: Scottsdale City Council. THE FORUM: A candidates forum co-hosted by The Arizona Republic and the Andara Senior Lifestyle community, 11415 N. 114th St., on July 23. […]

City policies reason for police OT

Special for the Republic| azcentral.com May 30, 2014   The Scottsdale city manager has promised an “in-depth analysis of the issue of overtime spending” by public safety. His report might identify opportunities for better management practices, but hopefully the report also will explore the causes and effects of overtime. Tourism is a cause, for sure, […]

City spends $380,000 on WestWorld sculpture

Arizona Republic, Scottsdale Republic April 16, 2014, page 4, by Beth Duckett   Scottsdale will use hotel guest-tax savings to fast-track completion of a $380,000 sculpture at WestWorld, an expenditure that comes as the overall cost of an improvement project at the venue may exceed the original estimate.   The stainless-steel horse sculpture, proposed by […]

Don’t ignore voters’ Preserve wishes

Arizona Republic, Scottsdale Republic: Community News April 16, 2014, page 9, by David N. Smith   Last month, I had the pleasure of joining many of fellow citizens for a dedication of the Jane Rau Interpretative Trail at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.   Only ten days later, a most curious thing happened in the Kiva […]