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Scottsdale's mayor optimistic about city

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A few weeks into his second term, Scottsdale's mayor thinks things are looking bright for his city.

Jim Lane thinks Scottsdale has a good future.

"We're going to grow," Lane said. "We're going to grow gracefully, and we're going to do it with real consideration for our legacy and our history."

Lane is especially proud of one thing that's been accomplished.

"We really had just fixed an old contract that happened to be an old subsidy agreement from years ago before I was mayor," Lane said. "We were able to save some $30 million over the next 15 years."

Lane said things are "toning down" in Old Town Scottsdale. He said there are fewer complaints of noise and trash from around nightclubs in the area.

The mayor wants Scottsdale to continue to spend money to attract visitors.

"It's important that we properly and efficiently use the kinds of funds that we have made available through the bed tax allocation for capital infrastructure for tourism," Lane said.

And he wants to continue to make improvements to one facility.

"We're in the process in Westworld of making some major changes and enhancements," Lane said. The city last year approved a $40 million dollar expansion of Westworld's Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center to replace a 120-thousand square foot tent on the property. Westworld is home to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

Lane will give his state of the city address on February 21st at the W hotel in Scottsdale.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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