Lane: you never know what will set off Bob Littlefield

Recently I sent an e-mail highlighting why I think Scottsdale is the best city in which to live. Our economy is strong. Our downtown is thriving. Tax rates are low. Quality of life is high. The noble missions of organizations such as Operation Fix It and Vista del Camino.

Jim Lane

Jim Lane

These are some of the best things about Scottsdale listed in my message.
Bob Littlefield’s editorial response to this positive message was classic Bob: Bombastic, Outrageous, and Bitter.

While saying he agrees that Scottsdale is a great place to live he then proceeds to run down our city, labeling our thriving downtown as “a second rate Tempe.”

He then rants about neighborhoods, traffic, multifamily housing, and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Bob doesn’t talk much about his record during his 12 years on the council. Here are a couple of reasons.

Bob voted for the tallest and densest apartment project in Scottsdale history, and then he enacted an emergency clause to prevent the public from challenging this decision at the ballot box.


The e-mail blast can be read here while Mr. Littlefield’s response can be read here


He was a proponent of the controversial Desert Discovery Center at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Here is what Bob said according to the minutes of a July 1, 2008 city council meeting:

“Vice Mayor Littlefield said the Desert Discovery Center is a key component of the Preserve and has been part of the Preserve vision for decades.”

He now claims to support my proposal, which would amend the city charter to require a public vote on the Desert Discovery Center but at a previous debate he said my proposal wasn’t needed.

He retweeted comments that labeled job providers such as Bob Parsons and Michael Bidwill as “scumbags.”

He’s opposed to preserving our equestrian ranches in Scottsdale.

He called Scottsdale Councilwoman Linda Milhaven “The Great Satan.”

His anti-business, anti-resident approach to city government harms our local economy and community.
There is always room for improvement. I am working tirelessly to keep Scottsdale headed in the right direction. But it has become clear that Bob Littlefield doesn’t like me, Linda Milhaven, people who create jobs, millennials, downtown businesses, people who own horses, and he doesn’t like Scottsdale.

And for the record, here is the list of some of my favorite things about Scottsdale that so enraged Bob Littlefield. I am sorry to have offended him.

  • The noise of so many families at the Ice Den. The same on a beautiful spring day in Eldorado Park.
  • One of southern Scottsdale’s coolest new businesses: McFate Brewing Company.
  • Dinner at Don & Charlie’s then ice cream at the Sugar Bowl.
  • The ingenuity and desert preservation of the neighborhoods in DC Ranch.
  • The noble missions of Vista del Camino and Operation Fix It.
  • Three of the world’s biggest special events: Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
  • The Cactus Corridor and its many equestrian homes.
  • The magnificence of Desert Mountain.
  • The creative entrepreneurs in our downtown entertaining people at places like Whiskey Row, Bottled Blonde, Dakota, Montauk and Salty Senorita.
  • Locally-owned coffee shops like Echo helping to revitalize some of our southern neighborhoods.
  • Our amazing healthcare networks like Honor Health and Mayo that get too little credit for what they do for every resident’s quality of life.
  • The police, fire and ambulance personnel that keep our public safety at impressive levels despite the large number of tourists in our community.
  • Tom’s Thumb trailhead in our spectacular McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
  • Low property taxes.
  • Enjoying our city from north to south on the Indian Bend Wash.
  • Cactus League Opening Day at Scottsdale Stadium.
  • The sound of Little Leagues, Pop Warners and soccer leagues competing on Saturday mornings at our amazing parks.
  • Arts facilities that enrich our souls and quality of life.
  • Amazing golf courses from Desert Mountain to Bob Parsons’ incredible upgrade of Scottsdale National to the affordable Coronado Golf Course.

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