There’s just no nice way to say it. Incumbent Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane is a liar. He hasn’t just lied once. He does it all the time. The closer we get to the election, the more frequently Jim Lane lies.

Source: OPINION: John Washington responds to Mayor Lane’s DDC editorial | Scottsdale Independent

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“…outsized political egos who would rather exploit the Preserve for political gain than truly work to protect it.”

Wow, Talk about psychological projection. The only thing bigger than Jim Lane’s lies, and his head, is his mouth.
 
Fortunately because of all the attention this issue has gotten, the public record is abundantly clear in this matter. Lane blatantly opposed a public vote on the Desert Discovery Center before he supported it. And he voted for millions of dollars in “design services,” etc., for which he has already signed the taxpayer checks.
 
Did Lane have a crisis of conscience that made him change his mind? Nope, all it took was some Jason Rose polling to see how bad the DDC was dragging down Lane’s ratings.

Source: Jim Lane: Put the Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center in the hands of the public | Scottsdale Independent

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Quote of the Day: Appealing to Prejudice

August 11, 2016

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man with logic. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), “…one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of science fiction of the 20th Century” [WikiQuote]. From, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah’s Children (1998). (Thanks to Bob Coffin and Mike Halley for […]

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Wanting Scottsdale to be special is more about ‘creating’ than ‘keeping’ | Scottsdale Independent

August 10, 2016

The city of Scottsdale today has no power in itself to make the great accomplishments required for our future success, but it has the power to discourage the worst and encourage the best. This is about the only wholly truthful statement in Vern Swaback’s entire column! There’s so much hot air in Swaback’s column that […]

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The Latest Lane Lies

August 9, 2016

The most recent campaign missive from Scottsdale’s incumbent king of the crony capitalists, Jim Lane, says, If there is one thing being your Mayor has taught me is that all voices are important. And it’s important to seek differing opinions and ideas. “Seek?” Right. “Differing?” As long as they aren’t “opposing.” I can speak with […]

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Jason Rose, Local PR Hound, and Lawyer Wife, Jordan, Pay Cash for $3.4 Million PV Mansion | Phoenix New Times

August 9, 2016

In the “must be nice” category, local public relations guru Jason Rose and his wife, local attorney, Jordan, made the paper this morning with their new home purchase. Topping the list of this week’s priciest home sales in the Arizona Republic’s real estate round-up is the Roses’ acquisition of a $3.4 million, 5,385-square-foot beauty on […]

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Why Do Mayors Love Sports Stadiums? | The Nation

August 9, 2016

As University of Chicago economist Allen Sanderson memorably put it, “If you want to inject money into the local economy, it would be better to drop it from a helicopter than invest it in a new ballpark.” Studies demonstrating pro sports stadiums’ slight economic impact go back to 1984, the year Lake Forest College economist […]

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Robb: Arizona education is far better than fourth-worst

August 9, 2016

Robert Robb reports on AZCentral: [WalletHub.com which reported AZ as the 4th worst state for education] collects data from other sources, tosses it into a blender, and spits out a list of the best and worst states and cities about various things. In science, that’s called a “meta study.” I’m not saying WalletHub’s ranking has […]

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Threat of Lawsuits Crimps Condo Developments – WSJ

August 8, 2016

The threat of litigation for potential construction defects in Colorado makes most [condo] projects impossible for developers to finance, [architect Gary Godden] said. Maybe this is part of the reason why so many of the high-rise housing projects in Scottsdale and elsewhere in the Valley are being built as apartments instead of condos. I note […]

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Metro Phoenix starting to grow up instead of out

August 8, 2016

A Catherine Reagor article in today’s Republic has more holes in it than an Apache Junction stop sign. “It is a reflection of the Valley maturing as a metro area when the value of land closer in becomes more valuable and demands higher uses or basically more density,” said Mark Stapp, a growth expert and […]

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