Phoenix officials this week wrapped up the last in a series of four public meetings to gather input on how to fairly eliminate the bank-breaking practice of pension spiking. The City Council Pension Fairness and Spiking Elimination Ad Hoc Subcommittee unanimously recommended preventing employees f ... More >>
Can someone get Councilman Sal DiCiccio a towel? The District 6 representative is dripping in irony after his latest call for "significant reforms" at Phoenix City Hall, including "ending lobbyist nepotism and implementing policies to end personal ties between elected officials and their staffs."
After the inauguration ceremony, audience members made their way into Phoenix City Hall for a reception, which included offering a 2012 wish for Phoenix and its elected officials.Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, ... More >>
Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, announced his plans to develop a second bio-medical campus in north Phoenix with the Mayo Clinic and creation of a "Mayors' Futures Forum on Education," a way for Arizona may ... More >>
Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams handily wins in District 1.While they were electing Greg Stanton as their next mayor, Phoenix voters also returned Councilwoman Thelda Williams to her seat in District 1, and chose Daniel Valenzuela over Brenda Sperduti to represent them District 5. Like Phoen ... More >>
Many Phoenix voters have already cast a ballot. Some, perhaps even twice. For those of you who haven't, today is the day. Don't forget that Phoenix is now using voting centers, which have replaced the traditional polling places. The Maricopa County Elections Department, which is running ... More >>
commercialappeal.comIn the battle of endorsements by former mayors of future mayor-wannabe's, it looks like it's Greg Stanton 2, Wes Gullett 1-ish.It would be 2 if you include someone who only served as mayor for 10 days. Gullett has been endorsed by former Phoenix mayors Paul Johnson and John Ne ... More >>
Council members hosting a 2 p.m. press conference at City Hall to announce undoing of CityNorth's nearly $100 million tax-break dealVice Mayor Thelda Williams and Phoenix City Councilmen Bryan Jeffries and Michael Nowakowski plan to undo a deal that gave a nearly $100 million tax brea ... More >>
Several Phoenix City Council members have picked sides in the August 30 mayor's race.Councilman Tom Simplot stands with Phoenix mayoral candidate and lobbyist Wes Gullett, Councilmen Michael Johnson and Sal DiCiccio are on team Peggy Neely, a former councilwoman running for mayor, and Councilman ... More >>
electgarywhalen.comGaby, er, Gary Whalen running for District 1 seat on Phoenix City Council.A man who says he is not Gary Whalen, a conservative candidate running for a seat on the Phoenix City Council, tells New Times an interesting yarn to explain away his Whalen's arrest in January for assaul ... More >>
Gary Whalen is running for Phoenix City Council's District 1.Just four days after Gary Whalen signed up to run for the Phoenix City Council in January, police report that they arrested him at his North Phoenix home for getting into a fight with his ex-boyfriend.We left a mess ... More >>
Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris Phoenix police officials finally admitted that the border-related kidnappings statistics they trumpeted for years are not accurate, blaming the problem on "challenges with how cases are classified." The admission from the police department ... More >>
Thelda WilliamsPhoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams tells New Times that she isn't part of a private committee pulled together by Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Pete Gorraiz, the president of the firefighters' union, and Billy Shields, a Phoenix lobbyist and former head of the fire union."I was just on ... More >>
An influential group of individuals -- including three elected Phoenix officials, members of the Goldwater Institute and the firefighters' union boss -- have been quietly meeting over the past month and developing strategies on how to change city government.It's unclear what will ultimately emerg ... 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 >>
City officials are weighing a plan to consolidate elections in the city of Phoenix -- one that could give Mayor Phil Gordon and certain council members an extra two years in office without being forced to run for reelection, New Times has learned. On January 9, a group called "Phoenix E ... More >>
The Valley remembers 9-11 with a host of memorials and benefits
County lawmen boffing hookers isn't Sheriff Joe's only problem. Fed up with his thuggery, Arpaio's own political party has targeted him for defeat
Campaign funds from the big house, tales from the greenhouse
Jeff Ofstedahl became the Valley's most visible gay activist, turned Echo Magazine into a political force, and carefully planned his departure for four months of sailing and finishing a novel. Then his doctor called.
When KFYI radio host John Dayl spews mindless hate, David Winkler listens
GITEM, the state's $12 million antigang task force, storms Casa Grande and shoots a smalltime scofflaw in the back
Ex-Symington aide's authorship of antigay literature speeded his ouster from U S West
FRIENDS OF A MURDER VICTIM SAY POLICE LABELED THEM AS GANG MEMBERS--AND IGNORED OPPORTUNITIES TO CAPTURE THE KILLER
PHOENIX'S MAYOR DEDICATES FACTORY SHE'S BEDEVILED FOR SIX MONTHS
AGAINST THE ADVICE OF CITY STAFF, INTERIM MAYOR THELDA WILLIAMS IS WORKING TO PUT HUNDREDS OF HOMES IN AN AIRPORT INCUSTRIAL PARK. BY THE WAY: ONE OF FRIENDS WIL MAKE $200,000 IF THE DEAL GOES THROUGH.
He's already the state's GOP power broker. He'll soon be Arizona's senior senator. Will the volatile John McCain Rule by fear or respect?
WHAT'S UNDER THE ANGER AFTER LAST WEEK'S GAY RIGHTS "VOTE"? HURT, CONTEMPT, GLEE, BEWILDERMENT--AND MORE ANGER.
Who said anything about running the city?