City & Local Reform

It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning.

<p>It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning. </p>

On May 1, the Arizona Republic reported, "state lawmakers will consider a $300 million request from Phoenix to help pay for...Civic Plaza expansion." But the entire Phoenix Civic Plaza hullabaloo may be a case of putting the cart before the horse.

Calls to expand the Civic Plaza can be traced back to a 1999 study commissioned by the city to examine the civic center's economic impact. Ironically named "Conventional Wisdom," the study found that the "PCP ranks very low," in terms of "hotel room supply within five blocks, and number of retail establishments within one mile."

En un escrito reciente, un columnista de la Arizona Republic argumentó que los opositores a la expansión de la Phoenix Civic Plaza y a la construcción de laboratorios en las universidades, carecen de la visión que tuvieron los gigantes polí­ticos del pasado de Arizona, como Carl Hayden y John Rhodes. Segón el escritor, "Si hubiéramos escuchado a los opositores, California se hubiera apropiado de nuestra agua."

More of Arizona's cities and towns are considering the use of red light cameras. As they inch their way into the intersection of privacy and technology, cities should proceed with caution.

The debate over red light cameras often degenerates into a shouting match between traffic safety mavens and privacy advocates. "Safety first" proponents say driver safety should trump privacy, while "privacy first" proponents say privacy should trump safety. But in this case, both safety and privacy needs can be met.

In a special election set for May 20, 2003, Scottsdale voters will determine whether the city should create a publicly run, municipal fire department, or continue its contract with Rural/Metro Corporation, the private company that has provided Scottsdale's fire service since 1951.

Executive Summary

Phoenix--Today the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Goldwater Institute, deciding the $97.4 million taxpayer subsidy given to the developer of the CityNorth shopping mall by the City of Phoenix is unconstitutional.

"Santa got a head start on Christmas this year," said Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick. "This ruling is an early present for the citizens of Phoenix."

PHOENIX-Seattle's privately-led downtown revitalization project boosted taxable sales 15.8 percent, double the previous average growth rate, and put Seattle at the top of the rankings for retail, dining, and entertainment. One of the nation's most successful redevelopment projects, Seattle's Pacific Place redeveloped three city blocks and created more than one million square feet of new retail space without resorting to eminent domain.

PHOENIX - The Scottsdale City Council will vote Tuesday to approve a controversial plan to turn the site of the former Los Arcos mall into a business park. Scottsdale officials plan to invoke the city charter's emergency clause to prevent a voter referendum on the $130 million project.

PHOENIX - The Phoenix city council will vote this afternoon on whether to build a 1,000-room downtown hotel at public expense. If approved, Phoenix residents will foot the bill for the estimated $350 million project.

Phoenix-In a report released today by the Goldwater Institute, Hudson Institute adjunct fellow David Dodenhoff argues that Scottsdale should continue its contract with Rural/Metro, the private company that has provided the city's fire service since 1951, rather than create a publicly-run, municipal fire department. The controversy over the future of fire services in Scottsdale will culminate in a special election on May 20, 2003.