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Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.  Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout the state.  

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My wife Sandy and I have lived in Scottsdale for over 50 years. I was fortunate to have served on the City Council for two terms during the 1980s. 

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Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure on people experiencing a COVID-19 crisis and struggling to pay rent. 

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Schools are foundational to our future. They provide our kids with intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and educational instruction. But for some students, they are so much more. 

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COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities and people, such as family and friends.

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I recently issued an emergency proclamation that mandated masks to be worn in public places in our community.

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The pandemic has totally disrupted the restaurant business. Many restaurants will not survive and the ones that do will struggle in the face of operational changes.  

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Scottsdale is a vibrant community, blessed with engaged residents and natural beauty. We enjoy high amenities and low residential property taxes. 

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With looming restaurant and small business closures, it appears to me that there might be a way to soften some of the economic impact of Covid-19 and social distancing on these establishments.  

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Last night’s City Council meeting was a frightening discussion of inaction. Mayor Lane was long winded about obvious things and engaged in needless speculation. And he showed no vision or leadership. 

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We are all doing things we never imagined: Wearing masks and gloves and social distancing (who even knew there was such a thing).  

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The various debates previously taking place in Scottsdale now seem so trivial. The Desert Discovery Center, Southbridge 2 and the latest civic issue that may be creating anger or acclaim still matter to the vested but matter little to a wounded community as a whole.

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You’ve heard it before, the onerous and regressive food tax Scottsdale imposed upon its residents for over 60 years. Mostly likely you don’t notice it because it doesn’t add up to that much – about $80 dollars a year for grocery shoppers. 

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It was lunchtime and my schedule was empty for a few hours. 

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Scottsdale must do better, stop sign proliferation

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Football players expect helmet makers to keep up with the times – and keep them safe. And I think car buyers need to do the same with our country’s outdated car safety rating system. 

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I know what it is like for teachers who work hard for their students and schools but struggle to afford to live in the same communities they love.

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In the first week of December 2019, the City Council voted 4-3 to allow the development of privately owned land on the north side of 5th Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale.

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Now is the time of year when we typically take inventory of our lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact our overall well-being. 

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With the exponential growth of short-term rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO in recent years, vacation rentals are of increasing concern to homeowners and can put strain on the relationships of neighbors.  

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Last week, 17,000 signatures were presented to the City of Scottsdale calling for a referendum on the Southbridge II project in Old Town Scottsdale. 

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My family and I have had the opportunity to reflect on our lives. We marvel at how profoundly we’ve changed regarding our relationship with our LGBTQ “family” – a term I never would have used in relation to LGBTQ people a decade ago. 

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On Dec. 4, the City Council majority, on a narrow 4-3 vote, approved the massive Southbridge II project in Old Town. 

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Don’t put developers in charge of redevelopment

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For more than 56 years, Bill Walton has dedicated his energy, vision, and professional expertise to enhance Scottsdale for this and future generations. 

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In Arizona, one person dies by suicide approximately every seven hours. That’s more than three people every day. Twenty-four every week. One hundred every month. More than 1,000 every year. 

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