The Dealmaker: 1/22/2020

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Jordan Rose’s son Logan launches line of ¡Americano! apparel. Jordan Rose proud of her budding entrepreneur, 13-year-old Logan Rose and his first venture — design and production of merchandise (stylish hat, cool hoody) for the new groundbreaking musical, ¡Americano! With just days until the first show, don’t wait to get your #Americano gear at

Slow growth advocate Bob Littlefield running again for Scottsdale Mayor News broke Tuesday afternoon that former Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield had filed papers, joining City Councilwomen Virginia Korte and Suzanne Klapp, in their run for mayor. More on Littlefield’s candidacy in this RLGR report by Mike Sunnucks.

Pollack: Housing starts excellent! And, overall, “last week’s economic news was good.” But The Monday Morning Quarterback notes a couple of “troublesome” issues that need watching. Data snapshots include: U.S. • Consumer Sentiment • Jobs • Industrial Production • Housing Starts (excellent!). AZ • SF Permits – Phoenix & Tucson.

Western desert in Surprise getting attention. Recent rezoning of Mesquite Mountain Ranch “could bring in 652 single-family lots over nearly 202 acres in the far northwestern part” of the city. Surprise Independent.

Greer Ranch vacant lot to become rental housing. “Vita Communities is bringing more rental homes to Surprise, instead of the original plans for a shopping center or even a gas station at [Cactus and Reems].” Development details, along with a spirited discussion concerning the project, in Surprise Independent.

Two Valley public companies featured on Fortune’s most-admired list. Scottsdale-based Taylor Morrison and Phoenix-based Sprouts made the list. Head to PBJ for a a rundown of how other company’s fared in the Homebuilders category.

[GUEST COLUMN] Affordable housing challenge will require innovation and collaboration. Taking aim at fake news concerning county and state eviction stats, AMA President and CEO Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus sets the record straight and then explains “how best to build and fund more housing for families at all income levels.” Chamber Business News.

Construction begins on mixed-use development on tribal land near Scottsdale. “Palmer Development Group broke ground Tuesday on its latest development on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a mixed-use project called the Edge, which will total 15 acres near Loop 101 and 90th Street.” PBJ (Subscriber Content).

What will Scottsdale dreams become? “Right now, Scottsdale is very much landlocked and what we are looking at is what our growth is going to be and how we handle build-out.” — Scottsdale Long Range Planning Director Erin Perrault. SI.

CG to unveil new general plan. Among noteworthy goals in Casa Grande’s 2020 general plan: “[M]ore compact residential development with a variety of housing options and encouraging infill development projects on empty lots.” CGD.

Lisa Collins named Glendale’s interim Development Services director. “Ms. Collins brings nearly 30 years of public service experience to the role, most recently as Glendale’s planning administrator.” Glendale Independent.

Tucson golf courses like Crooked Tree facing an uncertain future. “The fear from the golf community is that Crooked Tree will cease operation and lie dormant like nearby Golf Club of Vistoso, a once-superb facility that was shuttered two years ago.” By DailyStar sports columnist Greg Hansen

What your commute could look like in 2030. “Picture yourself shooting across the country in a levitating pod or hovering above traffic in a drone. Imagine a time when daily commutes times are cut in half, or when you don’t have to own or operate a car at all…” USA Today.

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As a supplement to the Dealmaker, we thought you might enjoy these articles!

Is cannabis ever OK in the office? Check handbook, says Adam Trenk, Rose Law Group partner, director of cannabis and hemp departments. USA Today looks at how employers — and employees — are “grappling with CBD use” in the workplace. • In RLGR, Adam Trenk comments on what employers can do when it comes to “acceptable use” of CBD.

I’m selling my business. How do I value it? “You’ve operated your widget manufacturing business for over a decade and now you’re considering selling it and possibly moving to Honolulu to enjoy your hard-earned money. But then comes the million-dollar question: what is the business worth?” By RLG Corporate Attorney, Shruti Gurudanti.

Larry Fitzgerald buys stake in Phoenix Suns. Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald “recently purchased a minority stake in the National Basketball Association team.” Get the rest in PBJ.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally cast first votes in Trump impeachment trial. Az’s two US Senators diverge on first impeachment votes. AZRepublic.

GOP leaders want judge to toss lawsuit by Dems on order of names on the ballot. Ds say the 1979 Arizona law is “ ‘diluting’ some people’s votes” since “people tend to vote for the first candidate on the list.” Rs say  even if that’s the case, it “doesn’t make the system illegal.” A CMS/Howard Fischer report. 

Journalists at Phoenix New Times, sister pub in Miami, announce unionization. It’s “the latest in a string of newsroom unionization efforts both in Arizona and across the country.” Story and source? Tap on!

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