Grant WoodsFormer Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods confirmed today in a phone interview with New Times that he is seriously contemplating a run for mayor of Phoenix.Woods, a Republican who served two terms as attorney general from 1991 to 1999, refused to put odds on the likelihood of his run ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has established a new policy: He will no longer speak personally with New Times or the Arizona Republic. He will only accept questions from the publications if reporters submit them in writing.How very Joe Arpaio-esque.What's next? Will the mayor start banning ... More >>
Frank FairbanksPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon earlier this week defended hiring Sue Lindmeier, sister of his girlfriend's business partner, saying former Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks and City Attorney Gary Verburg reviewed and approved her contract.Fairbanks, who retired i ... More >>
www.judicialwatch.org The City of Phoenix continues to refuse release of Mayor Phil Gordon's security-detail logs --kept by members of his security team who track Gordon's daily activities. They contain information such as where they dropped off and picked up the mayor and who was travelin ... More >>
A version of Mayor Phil Gordon's 2009 calendar released this week to New Times is missing some bits of inflammatory information that were present last year.When city officials provided some of the same public records last year, the calendar revealed that on at least two occasions, ... More >>
www.phoenix.gov Phoenix City Councilman Michael JohnsonAn unnamed Phoenix police officer may have messed with the wrong bull. The Phoenix City Council will hold an executive session on Monday to try to get to the bottom of an incident this morning, where one of its members was handcuffed a ... More >>
More bad news for Phoenix Mayor Phil GordonJoe Villasenor, a senior assistant to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife December 15, according to a police report obtained by New Times.Villasenor is currently on "personal leave," according to his direct s ... More >>
VIN NewsLake Havasu City Councilman Lee BarnesAt a meeting to discuss whether or not to fire Lake Havasu City Manager Richard Kaffenberger, a member of the city council had an interesting excuse for how he handles city finances.He's just a little too Jewish.At least that's what Councilman Lee Bar ... More >>
This is not your next councilman ... but they do share a name. Governor Jan Brewer may have little-to-no-clout with her fellow Republicans at the Statehouse -- she's had to sue them just to get their budget proposal (and even that didn't work). But Brewer still, apparently, has clout at Phoenix Ci ... More >>
This just in from the City of Phoenix -- Frank Fairbanks, who has been City Manager for nearly 20 years, is retiring. The country's fifth-largest city will begin a nationwide search for his replacement. The city put out a long news release about this notable change in administration: Longtime ... More >>
Sal DiCiccio Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio says fellow Councilman Mike Nowakowski committed an "illegal act" by suggesting to a city official that the police chief be fired.Nowakowski has responded by calling DiCiccio a "liar."The Arizona Republic's Scott Wong covers the city soap opera today ... More >>
We just received word from the Saudi Arabian embassy following our inquiries about the all-male mayors junket of U.S. Mayors in which Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon taking part.Interestingly, we hadn't e-mailed the embassy (though perhaps, in hindsight, we should have). Rather, our e-mail to the U.S ... More >>
Just how many deputies does it take to protect Sheriff Joe Arpaio? 50? 100? 200? Yes, Arpaio did return to Guadalupe to address the town council Thursday night, almost a year after terrorizing Guadalupe with an immigration sweep on April 3 and 4 of 2008. But in doing so, he had to be prote ... More >>
As I reported in last week's Bird column, Guadalupe's lickspittle Mayor Frankie Montiel has invited Sheriff Joe back to his square-mile town for Thursday's town council meeting, and perhaps a meal of Mexican seafood. Arpaio's return comes one year after the MCSO ran roughshod over that town in ... More >>
Saying it was a "distraction," Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has asked supporters to back off a plan that would have kept him in the mayor's office until 2014. The plan, first revealed by New Times in this blog, would have consolidated municipal elections in Phoenix. Currently, half th ... More >>
Look, up in the sky! It's the mayor! Despite a crash landing in September while trimming a tree, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon will climb aboard a WWII-era bomber on Thursday for an exhibition flight. A new release by the mayor's office doesn't state any particular purpose for the flight, but th ... More >>
Proposals on their way to the Phoenix City Council could put the historic warehouse district in jeopardy
As the FBI chases polygamist Prophet Warren Jeffs, work continues 24/7 on his religion's foreboding new Texas capital
Is the party over?
Just Kidding. But Phoenix City Council candidate Jessica Florez is trying to soften her tough-girl image.
Phil Gordon will be the next mayor of Phoenix. Why doesn't anybody care?
Skip Rimsza and Mike Johnson race into another controversy
Why didn't Phoenix officials take a councilman's concerns more seriously?
A coup at Phoenix City Hall
Scottsdale may think it's fixing Los Arcos Mall. But it's really paving the way for a Coyotes arena in Glendale.
Is Scottsdale ready for four more years of political scrutiny from George Zraket? It all depends on who you ask.
Cave Creek rabble-rouser-cum-newspaper-publisher Don Sorchych has the town running scared
Phoenix neighborhoods revitalization efforts run into trouble at City Hall
City officials sidestep rules to avert New Year's Eve entertainer boycott
Why did City Hall keep a new police policy toward illegals quiet until after the election?
Three men and some babies, or how Phoenix is choosing its next mayor
The best-run city on Earth may turn the Marriott rip-off into a cause celebre
No credible challengers in the mayor's race; might as well Skip it
Tempe has long given the impression its Rio Salado project costs $45 million. The actual taxpayer tab could surpass $200 million.
Neighborhood group prints a cop's racist comment, then the city clams up
More than a decade ago the creators of the mountain preserves nailed down their boundaries. Now a new generation of city staffers isn't sure they exist.
With his new residence built atop his antique shop, John Mollard thought he was set for life. He couldn't have imagined that the same city that encouraged him to build his home was laying plans to declare his neighborhood a blight, seize his property and
How a baton twirler from Filer, Idaho, grew up to be Scottsdale's Mayor Sam Campana
Is it a case of rogue firefighters or meddling city managers? Whatever it is, the Phoenix Fire Department isn't used to the scrutiny it's getting from City Hall.
Councilwoman Frances Barwood, facing a recall over her vote on the Sumitomo plant zoning, now claims she was misled by the mayor
Mayor Rimsza urges reticent council to embrace local antitobacco enforcement
Mesa residents claim a Tempe councilwoman's home is being spared from high-tension lines--at their expense