What a week for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. If there was ever a time he proved his mettle and wisdom on key issues, and why voters should keep him at the helm of Arizona’s best city, this was it.
*He voted for new, for-sale housing on McDowell Road, continuing the momentum for the corridor and next “it” area in the Valley;
*He’s leading Scottsdale’s effort to lend a boost to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in far north Scottsdale as a neighbor’s effort try to shut down the refuge for mountain lions, bears, jaguars and the creatures and critters of Arizona. Maricopa County will vote on the matter in early June. Lane has crafted a resolution for the City Council to vote on May 17th lending the city’s full weight to the county’s consideration.
*He said no to a renewed effort to get light rail into Scottsdale’s transportation plans.
*Top Valley business leader and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill along with former NFL defensive end and current Scottsdale pastor Andre Wadsworth are hosting a fundraiser for Lane tonight.
*He joined with Litchfield Park’s Mayor to warn on today’s Arizona Republic editorial page about the dangers of allowing more casinos into Valley neighborhoods, like the loophole that was used to put one in Glendale.
*And he responded favorably to Howard Myers’ citizen petition last night at the City Council hearing to require a public vote for the expensive Desert Discovery Center being proposed at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway. Indeed, he was the deciding vote to advance this reform and protection for taxpayers.
This is leadership. This is sagacity. And while any elected official has some days better than others we can think of few better strings of decision-making than this one to keep Scottsdale “at its best.”