Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed Patricia Starr to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Starr has been a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner since 2011. Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Starr served as Capital Staff Attorney for the Arizona Death Penalty Judicial Assistance Project (2008-11); Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (2005-08; 2002-03); Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (2003-05; 1993-2002); and Law Clerk to the Honorable Jefferson Lankford with the Arizona Court of Appeals (1992-93). Accordingly, her previous experience includes assisting trial judges with death penalty cases; handling insurance fraud, habeas matters, juvenile delinquency and civil commitment hearings; and representing the state in capital, criminal, juvenile and sexually violent persons appeals. Ms. Starr also has prosecuted two capital jury trials.
Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a contract that will pay her at least $200,000 per year on the same night the district’s governing board hired its second interim superintendent since July.
Robert De Niro is a ruthless gangster; John Cusack is experiencing motel hell; a hot hooker with a heart of gold is on the run; a satchel bag with mysterious contents. Haven’t we seen all this before? The Bag Man desperately borrows from dozens of other dark and gritty crime-thriller films, but, unfortunately, it is more ‘bore’ than noir.
Every so often some researcher whips out his calculator and estimates how much it takes to raise a child today. I suspect that this exercise is some sort of subtle pressure from the government to cut down on overpopulation, because the Department of Agriculture says it costs a libido-crushing $241,080 to raise each of our Special Snowflakes to age 18.
The Phoenix Public Information Office recently won an Emmy Award at the 36th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Gala. The city was recognized in the interactive category for an online budget program featuring Mayor Greg Stanton that aired on PHX11.
"Mad Men" meets "The Artist" in "Populaire," a superbly crafted, finely acted but somewhat shallow retro rom-com about a young French secretary who, with the help of her highly persuasive boss, hammers her way to becoming one of the fastest typists on the planet.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ahwatukee Foothills News, will host a candidates forum in preparation for the Aug. 27 Phoenix City Council election. District 6 City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and Independent Karlene Keogh Parks will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the community from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Ahwatukee at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.
I recently found a book at an estate sale for $1, called “Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message,” by William T. Ellis, published in 1914. I didn’t know much about Billy Sunday other than that he was an evangelist in America a long time ago. What a treasure this book has been.
A formal complaint has been filed with the Phoenix City Clerk and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery alleging a committee formed to fight the recall of current City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Citizens Protecting Taxpayers, has violated several laws, but a judge is skeptical of any wrongdoing.
On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the city of Phoenix will hold the regularly scheduled City Council Election for voters in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 to elect a council member. There is no election for council member in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 this year because the terms of the council members are staggered. The Council Election is open to Phoenix residents who are registered voters and reside within Districts 2, 4, 6 or 8 at least 29 days prior to the election.