Mayor Cathy Carlat and Palo Verde District Councilmember Michael Finn get a pass this year. Both are running unopposed for re-election.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

It’s a number we are taught as children, a number that no one ever wants to have to dial. However, in the unfortunate circumstance that you have to call 9-1-1, you want to know that help is on the way, and quickly.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Well, here we are, the morning after the special Congressional District 8 primary election. The Big Two have selected their candidates and now, it comes to the big finale April 24. Then, the campaigns start all over again. Before you know it, the primary election in August will pit the same …

Friday, December 22, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Friday, December 08, 2017

The Thursday Brown Bag Food Distribution Program is a small part of a larger picture. Feeding America is a United States-based nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters,…

Friday, August 04, 2017

Well, summer is over, and City Hall will be gearing up for action. Although we won’t see the agenda for another week, it is almost certain to contain items of special interest to the planning community.

Friday, June 23, 2017

We’re coming up on Independence Day, a day of celebration, picnics in the park, fireworks at the stadium, sharing the pride you feel about all the liberties we have as Americans.

Friday, May 05, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017

There was a lot of ground covered in Mayor Cathy Carlat’s State of the City address. Not only did she praise council and staff, she mentioned Peoria citizens by name who had given her recommendations and ideas for moving the city forward into a brighter future.

Friday, February 17, 2017

None of us live in a bubble. Everything that happens in our world will eventually have an impact on our lives.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A great number of us are out of touch with the world around us, and much of it has to do with technology advances. So many of us are fascinated with our hand-held window to the world, we ignore people sitting or standing next to us who just want a little attention.

Friday, December 02, 2016
Friday, November 04, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016

In today’s current climate, with a harsh spotlight being trained on law enforcement agencies and police officers being painted with broader and murkier brush strokes, it’s easy to forget that behind the sensational headlines, behind the dramatic short clips of body worn camera videos, behind…

Friday, October 07, 2016

In 2012, Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) voters approved a $180,000,000 bond - the first ever with no new construction. The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) convened by the governing board was provided with needs of $300,000,000 but recommended a smaller amount.

Friday, September 30, 2016

You are worried about the election in November. You are undecided about who you want to be our next President. You fear one, then the other. Another media sound byte beams across the broadcast terrain. You are really feeling overloaded. Then, there’s the debate. That dreaded fear comes over …

Friday, September 23, 2016

Just this week, The Glendale Star received four letters from the Arizona Attorney General’s office. They give some insight into what transpired in the months following the letters from the Arizona Department of Gaming to the Attorney General’s office regarding the Tohono O’odham Nation and its pursuit of a Class III gaming license from the State of Arizona.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Friday, September 02, 2016

More of late, there seems to be more negative stories than positive stories in the news. A majority of social media and news outlets cover topics that involve political issues, violence, and tragedies.

Friday, August 19, 2016

What happens when a lawyer is working on your case and gives privileged information about such to another attorney representing his client, who just happens to be your opponent in court?

Friday, July 08, 2016
Friday, July 01, 2016

In what appears to be the never-ending saga of the West Valley casino, otherwise known as Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley, once again, the courts are being called upon to make a decision on the venture by the Tohono O’odham Nation, a venture, we might add, that was made public in 2009.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016

Entering a state title game, the last thing coaches and players want is for the umpires to decide a game, but for the Cactus Cobras, that may have happened May 16 at ASU Farrington Stadium.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sometimes, just making a final decision about how you are going to vote on an issue comes down to the lesser of two evils. That’s a sad commentary on the present state of affairs in Arizona when it comes to education funding.

As you place your food bags by your mailbox this Saturday morning, keep in mind there are thieves out there waiting for this yearly donation to their pantry. Yes, there are actually thieves waiting patiently as the mail carriers make their rounds for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Former City Manager Terry Ellis was not referring to any particular city when he said an acquaintance told him recently, “Peoria is viewed as a city that does things right.”

Friday, March 25, 2016

A drive to Peoria for Mayor Cathy Carlat’s State of the City address was uneventful. Her address was inspiring, and those who attended were impressed with the mayor’s passion for improving the lives of Peoria citizens.

Friday, March 18, 2016

While national politics have been at front and center since July, local election activities don’t really get started until January or February. It should come as no surprise that office-seekers were already pulling nomination papers the first week of January.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

As the Arizona Coyotes saga appears headed toward a complete divorce from Glendale - if you believe all the reports and quotes from members of the media and team over the past few months - I have a question about the entire process.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Since Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat took office last year, she has been hard at work on her list of priorities, launching bold initiatives aimed at creating jobs, carefully and thoughtfully planning for future growth, enhancing quality of life and bringing transparency and accountability into lo…

Friday, January 29, 2016

At this point, it should be clear to anyone that an organized effort is being put forth to stop the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley from obtaining a state-issued liquor license.

Friday, January 22, 2016

It’s amazing how knowledgeable one becomes when one travels. There comes to mind that term, “traveling is so broadening.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

You just had to be there. Choosing a vice mayor and mayor pro tem can be a predictable form of entertainment. One tends to know how the vote will go once a nomination is made. So it went for the City of Peoria, as the council went through the motions of voting on the term of each office, and…

Friday, January 01, 2016

I take great pride in telling people Peoria is my hometown. That’s only partially true, however. The first 10 years of my life were spent in a small cotton-farming community called Marinette.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Unlike millions of people across the country, I chose not to participate in Black Friday. Unfortunately, I could not go shopping on Small Business Saturday, either.

Friday, November 20, 2015

In yet another attempt to stop the construction and operation of a West Valley casino on the borders of Glendale and Peoria, Congressman Trent Franks’ end-around strategy of bypassing the rules and calling for a quick count backfired, failing to gain the votes required for passage of his bil…

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In yet another attempt to stop the construction and operation of a West Valley casino on the borders of Glendale and Peoria, Congressman Trent Franks’ end-around strategy of bypassing the rules and calling for a quick count backfired, failing to gain the votes required for passage of his bil…

Friday, October 30, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015

One  could make the point that it is time for state officials to “give it up” on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s bid to operate a casino on its property in the West Valley.

Friday, August 07, 2015

There are times in the news business when you think the bad news will never end. There are periods of weeks and months when it seems there’s no good news left in the world.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The City of Peoria has many attributes, the most obvious being it has a tendency to operate within its means.

Friday, April 24, 2015

I’m happy to report that Arizona school districts are estimated to receive millions extra in classroom site funding next year. Peoria Unified School District will see a boost of $1.1 million and Dysart schools $800,000 extra. This is good news for students and teachers. Classroom site fundin…

Friday, April 17, 2015

Trial in absentia. This phrase refers to a court conducting a criminal trial without the presence of the defendant. You might be wondering if it’s possible for this to occur, and my answer is yes, with a caveat.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Welcome to the P83 Entertainment District and the City of Peoria. That is the message the city is conveying with the new landscaping, street signage and business wayfinding signs along 83rd Avenue across from the Peoria Sports Complex.

Friday, March 27, 2015

We are pleased that the state budget we voted for and that was signed into law protects Kindergarten-12th grade education funding, while ensuring that government lives within its means. We want you to know that the Peoria School District, along with most other districts in the state, receive…

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am sure I am not alone with the remembrance of elections past, when I had high hopes for the individual I had helped place in office with my vote. As a person in the newspaper industry, I have also endorsed political candidates in the past. Sometimes, a candidate I endorsed won. Sometimes,…

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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