Jim Lane lost my vote when I read his campaign finance report.
Its a public document that I’ve studied deeply. A line-by-line analysis of Mr. Lane’s contributors is found on the NoDDC website. Lane has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests: developers, bar owners, out-of-state businesses. And, just last week Lane accepted some $72,000 from the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors. When you dig into the names giving Mr. Lane money, you see repeatedly that Mr. Lane gives zoning concessions and attention to his donors.
Just last year, Lane accepted $10,000 from the owners of The Outback, the controversial development at Pima & Dynamite that he recently voted to approve. I am the chairman of a Political Committee trying to stop the Desert Discovery Center, a 30-acre, $74 million tourist event center Mr. Lane and some of council want to build inside the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, without a public vote.
Almost half of the board of the Desert Discovery Center are campaign donors to Lane. I’ve watched first-hand how Mr. Lane supports his donors. Mr. Lane voted in January, May and June to fund the DDC over $2M for “studies.” These studies have included $100/hr salaries to DDC executives, and lavish meals and trips. Mr. Lane only began talking about a public vote on the DDC on July 21, within the 140 day blackout-period the city prefers to ensure viable legal elections.
Mr. Lane delayed further discussion nearly two months until late September. Mr. Lane then refused to acknowledge that Article 8, Sec 11 of the Scottsdale City Charter gives the citizens voting control over the DDC.
Many people have commented on Mr. Lane’s Facebook page about this topic. They’ve called out preferences Mr. Lane showed for density in both south and north Scottsdale, crime in the bar district, traffic and zoning abuses downtown. Dozens of citizens have been banned and scores of comments have been scrubbed from Lane’s Facebook page.
For NoDDC’s efforts documenting and publicizing this and similar facts, Mr. Lane attempted to sue our political committee. Mr. Lane attempted to sue our web hosting company. Mr. Lane filed two separate campaign violation complaints against NoDDC, and both were completely dismissed.
I will not vote for Jim Lane. I believe in Bob Littlefield. He has a well-documented record of support for the residents, current zoning law, and fiscal conservancy. He is an independent businessman, and a combat veteran.
Mr. Alexander is a Scottsdale resident and chairman of the No DDC PAC