The return of the leaderless leader — Bob Littlefield

Bob Littlefield, unfortunately, is back.

Jim Derouin

Jim Derouin

After 12, long, unproductive years on Scottsdale City Council, the campaign consultant has gotten bored and is now running for mayor. If you don’t have a regular job, I guess that is what you do.

I read a recent column in the Scottsdale Independent by Chuck Schmidt, a member of the state board of education, making some excellent points about why Bob Littlefield would be a disaster as Scottsdale’s mayor. I have never met, nor talked to, Schmidt, but I agree with his conclusions.

Bob Littlefield stands for one thing — himself. I agree that we shouldn’t aspire to make Scottsdale into Las Vegas, but nobody is suggesting that be done and to suggest that anyone has is ridiculous. In fact, Bob doesn’t want Scottsdale to have a diverse, sustainable economy; he won’t be happy until he has turned Scottsdale into Palm Springs — a decaying city that put all its eggs in one basket.

Bob argues that someone is proposing commercial development in the Sonoran Preserve. Wrong.

Bob attacks everyone who disagrees with him as being an agent of a developer; literally, he sees a developer behind every tree. Wrong. Bob pits north against south in bond elections; and was so reckless in his opposition to city bond measures that he shot down a school bond initiative that got caught in his irresponsible rhetoric. He calls that “leadership.”

Then there is Bob’s biggest Shibboleth — density. Notwithstanding his positioning of himself as the great crusader for citizen issues, it is important to remember that Bob voted for the two tallest buildings in Scottsdale — known as the “Scottsdale

Waterfront Towers.” As Schmidt noted, they are the core of the densest project ever built in Scottsdale. Interestingly, Littlefield didn’t just vote for them, he did so by supporting an “emergency clause,” which had the effect of cutting off the rights of anyone who might have wanted to challenge the Council decision — by equating the construction of a building to a public health or safety emergency. Yet he paints himself as a hero even though he supported density before he was against it. Sound familiar?
With Bob, the truth is elastic.

But, when all is said and done, Bob is an advocate for economic stagnation, the reduction of Scottsdale’s tax base, the decline of tax revenues, the decline of services, the decay of infrastructure and the reduction of the quality of life for city residents.

This is the same old shtick; the con is old and nobody should be fooled by it. As for Bob, he should get a real job rather than insisting on being on the public dole.

Editor’s note: Mr. Derouin and his wife have lived in Scottsdale for 30 years.

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