Phoenix (December 10, 2010) – Ahwatukee residents are not enamored with the current Loop 202 plan in which a freeway cuts through their community and South Mountain. Those plans can change if the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Tribal Council decides in January to recommend a possible extension of Loop 202 on reservation land south of Ahwatukee Foothills.
Phoenix (November 17, 2010) – Ball field lights have stood in the Paradise Valley Unified School District for 15 to 20 years, but now local residents object to adding cell tower antennas which would financially benefit the district. Opposing neighbors who live near Shadow Mountain High School, Shea Middle School and Mercury Mine Elementary School are citing concerns with the affect of cell towers on property values, surrounding views and health impacts due to long term exposure. District officials have yet to see the data that supports such health concerns.
Phoenix (October 14, 2010) – - After the Phoenix City Council voted 5-4 last week not to pursue a Superior Court appeal of a Board of Adjustment decision approving a digital billboard along the 101, a Phoenix business owner and City planning commissioner is now seeking to pick up where the City left off.
Phoenix (September 23, 2010) — In an interesting twist of events, one of the two cities bordering a proposed new American Indian casino has now sued the Obama administration. The city of Glendale filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix seeking an injunction against the U.S. Department of Interior ruling stating the land could be counted as part of the Tohono O’odham tribes land holdings.
Phoenix (September 16, 2010) — Ryan and Laetitia Coleman, operators of Angel Tattoo, have been engaged in a lengthy battle with the City of Mesa to open a shop in Dobson Ranch. The City Council denied their Special Use Permit in April 2009, the Coleman’s thus sued the City and this week Judge Larry Grant of Maricopa County Superior Court orally dismissed that lawsuit.
Phoenix (September 8, 2010) — The alignment of the Loop 202 western extension is still a subject of debate, but the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is quietly buying Phoenix homes in the proposed freeway path from people with special hardship cases.
Phoenix (August 31, 2010) — A joint effort between the Cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale and developer, Glimcher Realty Trust, is underway to install a high-intensity activated crosswalk (“HAWK”) that will allow pedestrians to cross Scottsdale Road between Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter.
Phoenix (August 30, 2010) — A group of neighbors in Vermont recently learned the hard way about when to voice opposition to a local zoning case, per a Vermont Supreme Court decision.
Phoenix (August 20, 2010) – Phoenix may soon join the ranks of Avondale, Buckeye, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Peoria and Queen Creek. In an effort to save money and keep employees happy, Phoenix is considering a mandatory 4-day work week and would be the largest municipality in the state and the country to do so.
Phoenix (August 19, 2010) — A 37-foot-tall pole sign is the subject of recent debate in Tucson. Located at 22nd Street and Rosemont Boulevard, this sign was erected in 1961 to advertise a Kinney Shoe store. This was a very common architectural scene in the 60s, but we have all seen how building and sign design trends have changed with the times.
Phoenix (August 18, 2010) — The siting of religious buildings has recently garnered local and national attention. Community opposition has been vocal in New York, California and Tennessee over planned mosques. Locally, Yuma is defending a lawsuit after the City prevented a church in the downtown area.
Phoenix (August 12, 2010) – - In the wake of a very emotionally charged, high-profile law suit against the Mesa Unified School District, Jon Paladini garnered NATIONAL media attention this week from both FOX News and CNN HLN Networks respectively. He talked live with CNN’s Mike Galanos Thursday on “Prime News”.
Phoenix (August 11,2010) – - Representing three local high school students fighting wrongful suspensions, Jon Paladini had the opportunity to weigh in on the national debate of student safety in our nation’s schools. FOX News Channel’s Megyn Kelly hosts a two-hour live program “America Live” talking about various legal issues and cases from across the country. Jon’s case was highlighted specifically because of the unique nature of school responsibility during travel abroad.