OPINION: my special interest is seeing Scottsdale prosper

I’ve always been civic minded and it used to amuse me watching the antics of former Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield taking on his fellow city council members during their sometimes contentious, lengthy meetings.

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

In all fairness Bob along with Councilman and now Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane seemed to be the only voices of reason on an otherwise Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce controlled council.

That is why I had to chuckle when I read Littlefield’s article in the online version of the Scottsdale Independent titled “Scottsdale Independent isn’t holding to ethical standards as dirty campaign commences. Littlefield’s overly aggressive assertions can be viewed as whose ox was being gored. In this instance Littlefield’s protesting too much about his past actions has caused such consternation on his part.

For the record, I consider Jim Lane to be a friend of mine. If you wanted to jump to a Littlefield conclusion you could say I’m a special interest peddler.  Although, I’d call that a stretch, my gain would be seeing Scottsdale remain a vibrant city while maintaining its small town characteristics and historical roots.

My “special interest” happens to be rail transit. I want no part of fixed rail transit coming into Scottsdale and neither does Jim Lane. Lane let his feelings be known publicly, at the 4/12/16 work study session of the council where he and the majority asked that fixed rail be removed from Scottsdale’s 10-year Transportation master plan.

The fixed rail issue is one that most assuredly makes the “real” power broker special interest none too pleased with Mayor Lane. But, he stands undeterred!  That alone should let those who live in Scottsdale know that Jim Lane is not for sale.

Mayor Lane is the current Chairman of Maricopa Association of Government, which usually tends to want every city and municipality to “go along to get along.”  The members at MAG must have a great deal of respect for Scottsdale’s Mayor; otherwise we’d be reading about the turmoil at MAG in the Independent. I simply view this as another example of Jim’s leadership in what could be called a sea of uncertainty.

From the “for what it’s worth department,” I’ve always known Jim as mayor to stand by his principles in the midst of relentless pressure from both the citizens and the so called establishment.

You may not always agree with Lane, but at least you know where he stands.

Editor’s note: Mr. Mason is a resident of Scottsdale

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