On Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm, Scottsdale’s incumbent mayor Jim Lane will speak at the McDowell Center located at 16116 N. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. 85255. The invite from McDowell Mountain Ranch HOA Management says Lane will be “speaking on the state of the city followed by a question and answer session.”
In other words, this is a campaign speech. Its NOT an open dialog with residents directly impacted by the DDC. We’re very disappointed that Lane is dodging this highly controversial topic, and instead trying to manipulate us with a stump speech.
Further scheming against an open, transparent discussion can be seen in the MMR HOA not giving Bob Littlefield the same speaking opportunity. A recent request was refused on the grounds that a Littlefield meeting would be “too political.” We were directly involved in this request, and offended to see such favoritism by the MMR HOA Management.
Please attend this meeting. Ask Lane hard questions about his pro-DDC record, and his longtime position supporting the DDC in the Preserve. The FACT is we are past the deadline for a public vote on the November ballot. Our only power is the November election. All authority over the DDC currently resides with the City Council, despite whatever promises Lane is making. The City Attorney, appointed by Lane and the pro-DDC council majority, gave an opinion in March that the Mayor and Council can do whatever they want. At recent meetings at Notre Dame HS and Westworld Lane emphatically said citizens will get to vote on the DDC. But, in emails with the community he backtracked saying merely he supports citizens requesting a vote.
Lane’s actions tells the true story of his overtly pro-DDC stance.
- January, 2016: Lane votes to spend $1.7M taxpayer dollars to fund yet another study of the DDC. Lane supports Council’s right to put the DDC in the Preserve without a public vote.
- March 2016: Lane is the only DDC advocate at a tumultuous anti-DDC meeting at Windgate Ranch. Lane says he does not believe DDC would win a public vote.
- April 22 2016: Lane begins receiving hundreds of citizen emails after vocal opposition at DDCS public meetings.
- May 17, 2016: Lane grudgingly supports a NON-BINDING vote to put the issue before the voters. Conveniently, it is already too late for the City Council to put this issue on the November ballot. Lane does NOT support Councilman Phillip’s motion to amend the contract with the DDCS to include other site options. The motion fails 5 to 2.
- June 7, 2016: Lane votes to fund a $500,000 contract for design services even when the majority of speakers testifying before the Council oppose the DDC.
- July 2016: After a tsunami of resident outcry Lane says in public meetings he supports further study and citizen participation, knowing there is nothing binding that will be done before the election.
Look at Lane’s longstanding DDC support, Lane’s voting history, and the disempowerment of the citizens. We believe Lane is making false political promises. If Lane wins in November, he will be termed out, and there will be nothing the citizen’s can do to hold him accountable. We expect based on his record supporting the DDC and special interests that he will flip his position and keep DDC votes in the hands of the Council.