You may remember that in Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman was sent to prison for cutting the heads off of parking meters. An indication that parking meters are not popular. You may also remember that Flagstaff had parking meters downtown. Then, the downtown merchants figured the meters were pushing … [Read more...] about Downtown Parking Meters Resurrected
The City of Flagstaff needs a new courthouse. No question about it. It is a city obligation to process our criminal and traffic infractions. No one likes to pay for courthouses or jails, but they are part of the system that keeps us safe. We have wrung every dollar of use that we can from the … [Read more...] about Understanding Ballot Issues: Courthouse, Public Transit
There are 91 incorporated cities in Arizona, from giant Phoenix to tiny Tusayan. Flagstaff is 13th in population size. As you can imagine, most cities have common issues. We all have police departments, roads to maintain, utility services, zoning laws and building officials. When mayors get … [Read more...] about What is the League of Arizona Cities?
There is a lot of talk lately about high occupancy housing. You can also call it high density housing or student housing. It all comes down to a four- or five-story apartment complex with a lot of students in it. Here are some of the issues: Zoning – If a particular property already has the … [Read more...] about Where are We with High Occupancy Housing?
People have been asking me about the proposed settlement between the Hopi Tribe and the city regarding the use of reclaimed water at the Snowbowl. The proposed agreement was tabled indefinitely at the May 17 Council meeting and is unlikely to come up again. Background: In 2011 the Hopis … [Read more...] about Tabling a Reclaimed Water Proposal
All major development projects are not alike. Some projects come before City Council and have a lot of public input, for and against. We have hours-long Council meetings about traffic and the neighborhood impact, design, lighting, etc. But other significant developments do not come before Council … [Read more...] about Property Zoning Makes a Difference
What happened in the city in 2015? As a city, did we “move forward?” Did the City Council accomplish anything? Roads Thanks to your approval of an increase in sales tax, we saw a lot of road repairs and resurfacing last summer. You will see more this summer. Underground utilities … [Read more...] about Looking Back at 2015
The Coconino Center for the Arts was full of constituents who came to hear the candidates talk about their stances. Mayoral candidates Jerry Nabours and Al White started off by answering questions from moderator John Stark, KNAU general manager. The topic for the debate was "Nonprofits and the … [Read more...] about Strong Turnout for Candidates Forum
The unofficial results of Flagstaff's primary election have Gerry Nabours and Al White as the winners with 38.44 and 35 percent of the vote respectively. Paul Kulpinski earned 20.31 percent of the vote and Paul Reilly 6 percent. The General Election is May 15th and will be a vote … [Read more...] about Mayoral Race Narrowed to Nabours and White