Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you running for Mayor?
I’ve lived in Scottsdale my entire life, I started my business here, served on the City Council (2009-2013), and I am raising my daughter here; this is a an amazing place. Lately, the City Council has lost touch with the people they’re supposed to represent. They’ve approved substandard developments, too many cookie-cutter apartment projects, high rises in downtown and, now, a $100 million drainage improvement project is on the horizon for North Scottsdale which is wasteful and unnecessary. We are at risk of losing the character of our great city because of bad decisions. I’ve fought for homeowners for decades as a lawyer and I will stand up for Scottsdale residents as Mayor.
Why should people support you?
Because as Mayor, I pledge to support them. Our citizens define the character of Scottsdale and they have been left out of the decision-making for years. I vow to bring them back to the table so their voices can be heard.
What changes would you make?
I intend to re-establish the Citizens Budget Committee with each Council member appointing one person to the Commission so there is a direct line of accountability. For the same reasons, I’d do the same appointment process for the Planning and Zoning Commission. I’d adhere to the strictest guidelines for Executive Sessions; we’ve had far too many decisions and discussions behind closed doors. Reconnecting with our citizens starts with transparency and accountability.
How would you improve traffic?
The first step is to stop making it worse. That means saying “No” to substandard developments that pour more traffic onto our streets. We can’t keep building new streets or widening those we have and expect traffic to improve. We need to start taking steps to make Scottsdale more pedestrian and bicycle friendly where it makes sense.
What budget cuts would you make?
It’s important to be clear about what I won’t cut such as lifesaving services, like police and fire, and positions with direct public contact and benefit. If we need to make cuts in personnel or services we should start by identifying those where there is duplication of responsibility or activity. As we work our way through this economic recovery it is important that we don’t forget the citizens we are sworn to serve.
Did you support the Southbridge II towers?
Absolutely not. We need to protect the character of Old Town and preserve Scottsdale’s reputation as a high-end tourism destination. As Mayor, I won’t support substandard, quality of life altering, or character area damaging development. We can’t let Scottsdale become a community of high-rises and substandard buildings that won’t stand the test of time, and adding little value to our unique community and quality of life.
Do you support addressing the Rawhide and Reata Pass flood control issues?
Yes. This is another example of the disconnect between the Council and the citizens. We need a cost effective, common sense solution that preserves the natural beauty of the area. We shouldn’t pay $100 million for concrete ditches that ruin our natural washes so that land in Phoenix can be improved to allow dense development, which will result in even more traffic on Scottsdale Road.
Do you support development and re-development in Scottsdale?
Absolutely. There are many areas of our city that are ripe for new development and re-development, including downtown and Old Town. My vision for the future of Scottsdale places a premium on sustainable, high quality development, projects that will stand the test of time and contribute positively to the overall quality of life and add to our current landscape aesthetically. What I am not in favor of is cookie-cutter apartment projects that result in more traffic, contribute to parking shortages and don’t add value to Scottsdale’s brand. Height and density are negotiable but there must be trade offs that benefit existing residents and business owners and enhance Scottsdale’s brand as a high-end, luxury destination.