Business & Job Creation
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Tattoo parlor owner Tom Preston and those who support him, including the conservative Goldwater Institute, believe that he is the victim of discrimination by the Tempe City Council.
All that they ask is for Preston to be judged by the content of his character and not by the colors of his skin.
"These people are going after me because of a perception that isn't true," Preston told me. "That's not how we're supposed to do things."
Last month, the council voted 7-0 to deny Preston the opportunity to open a tattoo parlor on Scottsdale Road.
The Goldwater Institute is helping the owners of a tattoo parlor sue Tempe because the city is refusing to let them open a tattoo studio.
Though cities have discretion to stop some kinds of businesses, the Phoenix think-tank claims Tempe has gone too far by blocking it solely on the stigma associated with the body-art industry.
The City Council voted unanimously to block a use permit a month ago after hearing from a neighborhood group that opposed the business on Scottsdale Road in north Tempe.
The Goldwater Institute has always fought for conservative causes through a standard think-tank venue, the court of public opinion.
But the organization is getting bolder, moving some of those battles into courtrooms.
The Phoenix-based group is expanding its influence to limit government power and spending by creating a new litigation center that sues to block what it sees as abuse.
The center has embarked upon four lawsuits since its founding in June. It already settled one that blocks some regulation of charter schools.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon tussled with the Goldwater Institute Tuesday over its lawsuit challenging the city's subsidy for a mixed-use development near Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard.
Gordon faulted Goldwater for releasing information that showed the city spent $100,000 on outside counsel to defend the lawsuit challenging a tax rebate for Chicago-based Thomas J. Klutznick Co., developer of the 5.5 million-square-foot CityNorth project.
The Tempe City Council on Thursday blocked a tattoo studio from opening, unanimously backing a neighborhood group's efforts to change the look and reputation of a stretch of Scottsdale Road.
It's a fight that's increasingly common, pitting old-school impressions of seedy tattoo parlors catering to a low-class clientele against the current, widespread acceptance of permanent body art by young people and others, regardless of class.
Development impact fees are supposed to be a legal method of charging new residents and new businesses up-front for government infrastructure they will need, instead of putting an additional burden on current residents who already contribute their fair share.
Six small-business-owners, including a Senator and a one-time legislative candidate, filed a lawsuit today challenging nearly $100 million in tax subsidies Phoenix gave to the developer of a planned mall.
The lawsuit, Turken v. Gordon, was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court and seeks an injunction against the subsidy and to restore the constitutional ban on subsidies.
If successful, the suit would tie the hands of city officials wishing to offer subsidies to lure companies away from neighboring cities.
At last week's mayoral debate, the only one we'll have in this year's lopsided race, Mayor Phil Gordon was asked a very good question and gave a very disappointing answer.
Knowing what we know now, the moderator asked, did Gordon regret the city's promise to hand over $97 million in tax revenue to the developers of City North?
PHOENIX - Early voting started Monday Aug. 13 for the Sept. 11 Phoenix elections.
Citizens in the odd-numbered districts will have an opportunity to elect a new council member for their respective districts, except in Claude Mattox's District 5, unless theres a registered write-in candidate.
And, they'll all get to decide whether to reseat incumbent Mayor Phil Gordon or replace him with either the Republican candidate Steve Lory or the Independent write-in candidate Mark Yannone.
There are also six propositions on the ballot.
An Arizona state senator and several business owners filed a lawsuit today challenging Phoenix's nearly $100 million incentive to the private CityNorth development.
The Goldwater Institute is representing the business owners in the lawsuit, which could have implications for other cities statewide, and could impact the competition for new businesses between Phoenix and Scottsdale along their shared border.