Another right of an Arizona citizen is lost

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT By David Smith Jun 20th, 2017 Tensions sometimes arise between developers — driven to maximize their project’s profitability — and neighbors fearful a project’s height, density, traffic impact and design may undermine their quality of life. Most citizens don’t have any rights, regardless of their concerns; but neighbors next to a project do […]

The Scottsdale Desert Discovery debate carries on

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT By David Smith Jun 14th, 2017 Tuesday evening, council heard a brief presentation from the study group under contract to develop the concept for a Desert Discovery Center. Much of their message was already known. They confirmed their timeline is to present their findings to council in late summer, followed by a series […]

The great Scottsdale Millennial debate

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT By David Smith Feb 15th, 2017 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 stereotype, filtering for only one commonality — in this case, individuals born roughly between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Like other stereotypes […]

The fiduciary responsibility of Scottsdale City Council

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT By David Smith Dec 1st, 2016   This past Monday evening, council considered an “abandonment request” from a property owner involving a city owned right-of-way in front of his property. The applicant had been renting the right-of-way from the city for $33,595 per year, but now wished to purchase the property outright.   […]

Councilman Guy Phillips’ accusations are misleading

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT By David Smith Nov 6th, 2015   Councilman Phillips has described himself as the “watchdog” for the spending of taxpayer money.   In that self-appointed role, he was quoted recently in the Scottsdale Independent saying, “We (Scottsdale City Council) give the cultural council $4.3 million of your (Scottsdale citizens’) tax dollars every year. […]

Funding capital investments in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT David Smith Oct 2nd, 2015   Recently, a fellow citizen sent me an email with the following comments: “I agree to the needs of most of the items in the 6 bond packages, but I don’t think I am sold on how to fund it. Long term debt (paid by property owners only) […]

I plan on voting for Scottsdale CIP bond package

SCOTTSDALE INDEPENDENT David Smith Apr 14th, 2015   Next Tuesday, April 21, your city council will again take up the questions of if and when to put before voters a bond issue for capital improvements in our city.   I will be answering, “yes” and “soon” for reasons I want to share.   Those of […]

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 […]