Jim Lane: Scottsdale voters deserve honesty and clarity

Bob Littlefield has gone from conveniently forgetting “the truth”, “the whole truth”, and “nothing but the truth” to just calling me a liar when I call him on his past votes, positions and antics.

Jim Lane

Jim Lane

This kind of tone and dialogue was once considered crass.

For a guy who was the single vote against a council resolution for civil dialogue, it’s just par for the course. The resolution was suggested by a group of citizens. Bob probably understood that it was directed towards him and so he responded with a “my turn” article blasting them and the council for trying to restrict his First Amendment right to free speech.

His opening paragraph on his website charges me with lying about him and myself.
Bob constantly repeats that I favor some outsized Desert Discovery Center that has never been submitted, accepted or approved by me, Bob or council. I do not and he knows I do not.

In fact, I have proposed an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter, which would requires public vote on any project at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve that would cost more than $5 million or a dollar more than the most expensive trailhead. Putting it nicely Bob is more than just a little bit confused on this one too.

When I outlined my proposal at a Tea Party debate, Bob said the Charter amendment wasn’t needed. He later referred to the idea as a “hoax.” Bob later said he does not oppose the idea. I’m hearing rumblings now there isn’t a desire to have a vote, just “no DDC.” The voters deserve the truth and to vote, not to mention a little consistency.

However, consistency and the truth are not Bob’s strongpoints.

Bob did you not vote for the DDC at the Preserve Gateway into 2008?

And Bob did you not say at the same time: “The Desert Discovery Center is a key component of the Preserve and has been part of the Preserve vision for decades”?

Bob did you not lead, as a candidate a dark money effort to get a female candidate removed from the ballot in 2006, and then try to cover it up?

Bob did you not vote for a massive apartment project under an “Emergency Clause” and thus denying the public’s right to a public referendum on your vote?

Relying on the words of a politician like Bob Littlefield obviously isn’t reliable and surely isn’t wise. That’s too bad because rhetoric without reform accomplishes nothing. Rants without results are just hot air. Being loud instead of being a leader is not what keeps Scottsdale special nor does it make us the best city in America.

A campaign sign of mine reads: “Like Scottsdale? Keep Mayor Lane!” I humbly ask for your support for this reason. Because, unlike my opponent, I don’t think Scottsdale is a dark struggling city nor do I think we deserve his unscrupulous approach to this campaign much less governance.

Editor’s note: Mr. Lane is mayor of Scottsdale and seeing re-election

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