Bien-Willner: A salute to Town Council’s recent successes

As Paradise Valley’s Town Council recesses for the summer, I wanted to express my thanks to everyone involved for a great first six months of this council term. It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to serve as your mayor for the past six months. Your council and town staff, with valuable public input, […]

Pace: What you need to know in Paradise Valley — the good and the bad

As we arrive at the council’s summer break, there are items residents need to watch in Paradise Valley. Let’s review the good and the bad so residents are up-to-speed and can let the mayor, council and town staff know your thoughts. Let’s start with the bad: 1. Opposing 150 foot architectural spire and 90 foot […]

Scottsdale Palmeraie ascends to new heights as Paradise Valley resentment builds

While Paradise Valley Town Council historically takes a siesta during the summer months, municipal officials are taking precautions to ensure some important issues are not skipped over during the time of rest. On Thursday, June 13, Paradise Valley Town Council approved a resolution to authorize Town Manager Jill Keimach and Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner to advocate […]

Paradise Valley looks to adopt state-mandated video license agreement

The Paradise Valley Town Council will be voting on a uniform video service license agreement at its Thursday, June 13 meeting. Town Attorney Andrew Miller presented the new agreement to Town Council during a study session in late May. In 2018, the legislature enacted Senate Bill 1140, the uniform video service license agreement, which requires […]

Keimach finds new home at helm of the Town of Paradise Valley

There’s a new boss in town, and she goes by the name of Jill Keimach. Ms. Keimach has taken the helm as Paradise Valley’s new town manager, which at first blush appears to be a position she has passion. Hailing from northern California, Ms. Keimach says the quality of Paradise Valley Town Council, coupled with […]

Rosequist: Independent newsroom offers alternative delivery methods as newspaper growth ensues

It’s no secret that the Town of Paradise Valley is unique, and we see that moniker reflected within the newsroom, as well. For nearly 40 years, the Paradise Valley Independent has been in publication — in large part due to the loyalty of its readership. The news landscape has evolved rapidly in the 21st Century, […]

Paradise Valley officials report nearly zero gifts during tenure

In the past three years, only one Paradise Valley elected official has received gifts to report through a local financial disclosure statement. A public records request submitted to the Town of Paradise Valley, for gifts received during years 2016-18, produced the local financial statements for the town council members during that time. Former Mayor Michael […]

Compromise construed as Smoke Tree falls short of Paradise Valley confidence

Smoke Tree Resort representatives stood before Paradise Valley Town Council May 23 to present the newest rendition of their redevelopment application, which was met with luke-warm encouragement. Overall, members of Town Council voiced a desire to see the Smoke Tree Resort redeveloped, but a hefty special use permit application that includes 30 resort residential — […]

Rice: PVPD’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ is a benefit for all

Sitting down, face to face, is the best way to get to know somebody. When is the last time you did that with a neighbor? Or with a cop? The Town of Paradise Valley Police Department offers a Coffee with a Cop experience every first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the police […]

Dembow: Paradise Valley leaders deserve our gratitude

Before we enter into the summer months and many Paradise Valley residents begin to travel, I wanted to take a moment to express a bit of gratitude toward a number of people in our community. Paradise Valley is truly a place that lives up to its name, and it’s in no small part to a […]