Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cloth Cuts Another Throat

Tucson, Arizona. Teya Vitu has an article in yesterday's Citizen sharing the withdrawal of $100K in funding from the Downtown Tucson Partnership, the cloth bloated organization produced when the perfectly functional Tucson Downtown Alliance was expanded to serve local cloth meisters.

With smiles and fanfare, the Cloth inflate organizations (and their boards) with clothophiles. Then, a year or two later budgets are cut and instead of ousting the fat cats in the suits, they shoot the worker bees actually doing something. That happened this week.

A good person who worked hard to serve this community well got tossed in the street this week.

My prayers are with the honest and decent woman who now finds herself out of a job courtesy of swine. Unless CEO Glenn Lyons enjoys the taste of blood, he should rehire her and tender his own resignation. He doesn't need the money. If he stays, we witness greed.

Some CEOs conduct controlled burns and craft their own resignations when Cloth torpedoes their organizations. Of course, a soul is required.


Blogger Cigar Man said...

In suggesting Lyons resign, you could not propose anything more preposterous. Tucson leadership's reason d'etre is to pad the pockets of Lyons, Snell, Shelko, Hecker, Singer, Walker, and the others just like them.

The "cloth" will close entire agencies before they'll shed a single dollar from their personal gusher at the trough.

You have personal experience with this. SAIAT's funding became Joe Snell's "improvement in financial performance." Remember?

Lyons will cash his check, not resign.

6/26/2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

Three things I know...

1) Referencing that "I drink YOUR milkshake!" line from There Will be Blood (possibly the best single line from a movie ever), dig a little more and start going sideways on this one, x4mr. I promise it will be well worth your time. There's something draining out the wrong direction here.

2) Has your investigative team dug into the MTCVB's finances yet? Do a little drilling there, too. They'll be pretty reluctant to make them public. In my best Waylan Smithers singsongy flair, "For good reason!" (big finish... jazz hands! tadaaaaah!)

3) Watch Teya. He's asking excellent questions in the right places. I see nervousness. I see "over his head" to shush him. It's a good time to be an un-beholden blogger.

6/26/2008 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

I drink YOUR milkshake.

Perfect, Travis, just perfect. Your leaving SOUTH TUCSON unmentioned was probably intentional.

X4mr, heard of Robert Robuck? I know you have met with Joe Higgins. Higgins might be targeting corruption. Robuck IS TARGETING corruption, as is another candidate you have met, Donna Branch-Gilby. All three seek supervisor offices.

Chuckles has given that silly square to the south a lot of milkshakes.

And why was Glenn Lyons hired? From Teya's article: The partnership brought in Lyons to lead its economic development efforts. So what is TREO doing, playing with vaseline? What is Lyons supposed to do, sell four buildings, but after this, we hear the county would reimburse the partnership for costs. .

Leal's letter is more crafty than it seems.

Tipping point indeed.

6/26/2008 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the woman who lost her job, and this is just disgusting. Hein is not one of the good guys. He is an asshole who actually recommended that Lyons fire another very good employee.

I hope Leal has the votes and fires the SOB.

6/27/2008 12:10 PM  

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