Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lot 175 Take Two

Tucson, Arizona. I stand corrected that Tucson Newspapers would never permit any articles about Lot 175 and the parking lot shenanigans to fatten the wallets of corrupt self-serving goons. My first post about Lot 175 on July 2 questioned the Downtown Development Corporation and its way of operating without paying anyone.

Well, this morning's Arizona Daily Star features a Rob O'Dell article all about the Downtown Development Corporation and an investigation into parking lot funds.

Directly from the article,

Additionally, the money from the lots is delivered to Kennedy's house, where Kennedy runs the DDC's business.

Kennedy said the lots bring in a bit more than $200,000 annually, about $45,000 of which goes to his salary, which Kennedy said he began paying himself two years ago.


Wait a minute. I thought the DDC didn't have any paid employees. Kennedy is paid $45,000 per year to do what? Sit at his house and wait for the money to arrive?

Speaking of Cloth meisters paid money to do positively nothing or worse, harm those who do help others, word on the street is that at least one or two city council members are growing a little irritated with distilled cloth extraordinaire, the swine stuffing Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc., a multi-million dollar scam run by Swine Snell himself, a demonstrated liar and thief who likes to destroy any local non-profit agency so he can steal its funding for TREO. Apparently last week it came out that Snell snarfed all remaining city funds for the Microbusiness Advancement Center, a whopping $15 grand (Snell snarfed $45 grand of MAC's funding last year). MAC helps small businesses in Tucson.

Fortunately, MAC can absorb the loss, as did Goodwill Industries when Snell snarfed $30,000 in funds allotted to support its workforce training program. Sadly, SAIAT, the non-profit training institute serving local businesses, could not recover from Snell's theft of its funding, 55% of it in 2007 ($132,500) and ALL OF IT the following year. Arrogant filth to the core, Snell thought nothing of declaring in writing that SAIAT's board approved the cut (outright lie - SAIAT letter) and that the institute's performance would improve (it went bankrupt and closed). Snell even boasted that the stolen funds stuffed into TREO's bank account constituted "improved financial performance" of his organization in its 2007 annual report.

Time will tell if Kennedy can continue to pay himself $45,000 a year to cash checks from two parking lots, but O'Dell's piece is an excellent piece of work likely to raise some eyebrows. Combined with his work on Rio Nuevo, I'm starting to think the press is letting him grow some teeth. Listening to cloth speak is always cause for a good groan or laugh.

"I don't worry about the IDA's concerns, because there's nothing to hide; it's all public information," Kennedy said.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh... what a tangled web we weave.. when at first we practice to deceive.

All the little roaches caught in the net of their own making.

Bite them, Rob, for all their excessive arrogance and greed. Don't stop yet, you still have all the political appointments and contributions to connect. Larry Hecker, Corky Poster, Nina Trasoff, Joe Snell, Jonathan Walker, Mike Hein, Gary Molenda, Jaret Barr, Glenn Lyons,..

Look at the independent expenditure filings, not just the campaign reports.

One hand gives, one takes, they all take turns at the crank..

8/20/2008 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anon said...

Way to go X4MR and Rob O'Dell!!!

It's long past due that these cockroaches get called to account for the millions and millions they steal and swindle. It should be interesting to see Kennedy explain where that million dollars went. Like the previous anon said, this is just the beginning. All of the vermin he mentioned are part of the local "swine stuffing" scams.

I may have heard what x4mr heard, and I also got a name. City Council Member Steve Leal has figured out that TREO stole hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Don't stop, x4mr and Rob. Keep at it.

8/20/2008 1:19 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Most impressive, x4mr. Nostalgia takes me back to the first days after reading Something Else. I would bet the farm the Cloth never saw that one coming. I find it difficult to believe that your "TIF for TAT" onslaught against Rio Nuevo this spring did not play a role in the article that got everyone hopping and flopping. Then you started posting about the DDC and Lot 175. Whether O’Dell feeds you information or vice versa, the fact is that your posts come before his articles.

I also say keep going. The Joan Rivers blog is boring and I can’t stand the right wing drivel. For those too lazy to click on the link to Snell’s letter, consider this excerpt:

As approved by the Board of SAIAT and TREO’s Board, SAIAT’s funding has been reduced from $242,500 to $110,000. Although the amount allocated to SAIAT has been reduced, I am pleased to report that the performance measures for SAIAT are expected to exceed last year’s.

Can anyone explain to me what could produce such an absurd and unbelievable remark?

X4mr, since TREO had already infiltrated your board by the time the letter was written, do you think Snell’s plan was to gut the place, get you fired, and then restore funding once his moles were in charge?

8/20/2008 2:32 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

Good call, Navigator. Snivelin' Snell probably did intend to oust Matt then "fix" SAIAT. Matt had the sense to see it coming.

Excellent work, Matt and Rob, bringing the spotlight to one of the most arrogant cloth rip-offs in Tucson history. Can you believe the arrogance of these guys counting the cash alone for twenty years, never paying a thing on their loans from IDA and the city of tucson? After getting away with it for 20 years I guess you start feeling entitled and have to be pried away with explosives.

8/20/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

When I saw the paper today and the headline about the parking lots, my first thought was about this blog. I don't know if x4mr and O'Dell have a beer from time to time, but first Rio Nuevo and then this.

What's next? I'd love to see it spiral to a full blown exposure of the Cloth and all its members with an organization chart showing Lord Larry at the top.

Our Hecker, who art in Cloth
Hallowed by thy Name


x4mr, if you do speak to O'Dell, tell him to examine all the boards. It's all about boards and money, money and boards, just like the game. Do Not Pass Go, and I say we try to confiscate all of the Get Out of Jail Free cards.

8/20/2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Navigator,
I thought the same as you about SAIAT. It is hard to imagine that Snell set out to squash it when it could, in fact, provide business for his associates. He was not concerned about the effectiveness of the organization, quite obviously, but why destroy it just to get rid of X4mr?

The truth is that most people go quietly when they realize that the dark forces of the bureaucracy have assembled against them. Most people do not fight back because these are David/Goliath fights that generally cannot be won by a single person or even a small group. I'm sure the expectation was for X4mr to just give it up so that they could do whatever they wanted with SAIAT.

The Snells eventually are exposed, and they end up going somewhere else and try to do the same thing, or they work their connections, or they retire if they are wealthy enough. The fact that our Snell is still around illuminates the lack of oversight.

The non-profit that I worked for in San Diego didn't have a problem with board infiltrations because they were owned by the City of San Diego. These kinds of shenanigans were impossible because the City provided oversight. The board had other problems, to be sure, but no one was ever able to infiltrate for the purpose of financial gain or redirecting business.

8/21/2008 8:06 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

SAIAT was a pearl before swine. It produced more for the S. AZ workforce in a single day than TREO ever has or will in its life. Kendall Bert saw four to five classrooms filled with dozens of workers in configurations with various IT support, etc., all getting trained, but the clueless bureaucrat had no idea what he was seeing, and neither did the Mayor or Snell when I showed them the shuttle lab, etc. My explanations fell before the glassy eyes of the ignorant. They know nothing about training.

Tucson simply makes do without a skilled workforce and organizes around that with call centers, restaurants, retail, and resorts. We make do without a beltway. We make do without a real downtown. We make do without economic or workforce development. We make do without a SAIAT.

People continue to move here because of the desert. Those with money start their own businesses or retire. Those without money get work at a call center, retail shop, or restaurant. While Austin, Albuquerque, Portland, etc., all move forward, Tucson becomes a retirement and resort community that serves rather than generates wealth.

I know people who said that SAIAT literally saved their lives and those of their families through the skills they learned. TREO will never grasp the damage and suffering it inflicted by denying valuable skills to people and businesses that wanted them.

8/21/2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I've lived in six major US cities in five different states, but I've never seen anything like Tucson. You describe it very accurately, X4mr.

To an outsider such as myself, it appears that Tucson is actually avoiding economic development. It is as though some collective decision has been made that Tucson should be second or third class, a haven for those needing unskilled and low skilled labor at a cheap price.

Location is destiny, so they say, and the best people, those who can really make a difference, will always leave a place like this. At least until the city's leadership is replaced by intelligent, effective people who actually care. There probably are at least some people who have good intentions, but that isn't enough.

8/21/2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

Come on, x4mr, stop being so significant and melodramatic. Everyone knows that Pima College can step in and provide the services performed by SAIAT. They can configure a lab on a dime, and everyone knows that top end corporate trainers work for free, just like PCC's adjuncts. They don't need no stinking pay!

Nav and Policon give the swine too much credit. No such pre-meditation was involved. A more accurate image of Snell is "I WANT A QUARTER MILL AND I WANT IT NOW!!" He did not care about much else, and remember, Snell had no idea x4mr was even blogging much less writing Something Else. The pig saw truffles at the trough and devoured without remorse. True sociopaths (he is) have no conscience. Even Bert (Mouche) was a little aghast when everything was destroyed. Lee "Major Player" Smith (who majors in nothing) just hid. What a spent piece of "should be retired."

Cheer up, x4mr. You got your grant and have an awesome dissertation. You got your sandwich from the slime and then some. Trust me, you got your sandwich when TREO was thinking about calling security guards.

I don't know if the Cloth has figured out that Snell produced this mess. Choosing that piece of shit was a real mistake. TREO's stealing funds for other agencies is the loud fart that blows over the house of cards, er Cloth, Lot 175, DDC, BDFC, TCC, MTCVB, and all of the rest.

8/21/2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

Depressing assessment, Cigar Man. I envy your perch above the battlefield. The trenches are cold and painful, and judgment gets easily skewed by fantasies.

I just finished reading Beinhocker's "The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the radical remaking of Economics." X4mr's comment that Tucson serves wealth rather than creating it is dead on.

We create knowledge in Tucson but lack the critical trust-building skills to create wealth. Faced with the Prisoners Dilemma, we consistently choose to rat on the other guy because we assume he will do likewise, thus insuring we all suffer most of the time.

Cooperation has been the greatest wealth creator in history, but Tucson lacks the critical element of trust. Trust starts with well written and enforced laws. With no functional local governance, we're forced to throw stones at the likes of Joe Snell and Doug Kennedy, stones we plead for from the local press.

How utterly frustrating.

Tucson is like Italy's patheticly mismanaged south, and Phoenix like its remarkably successful north.

8/21/2008 3:32 PM  
Blogger The Doctor said...

OK.

I can't stand it anymore. I try to just read and leave my know nothing butt out of it, but what sandwich is Cigar Man talking about?!

On several occasions people here have referred to some sandwich. I searched the blog on "sandwich" and got nothing but a story about stinging a frog. The frog didn't say anything about a sandwich, so don't ask me why a search on "sandwich" is talking about frogs.

Anyway, WTF about a sandwich?

Since I am already here, I'll add my two cents that x4mr/SAIAT is like a turd in a punch bowl at a party. All the honchos know about it, but no one will say anything. They all talk around it. I agree with what everyone is saying here.

Except for the bit about the sandwich.

8/21/2008 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Well said, all. Liza and Policon express it well, although I don't know if the trenches in Tucson are cold.

With regards to the sandwich, please allow me:

When in the course of human endeavors one finds oneself in a situation where victory is not only impossible, but a terrible defeat is certain. It becomes clear beyond all doubt that one is about to get slaughtered by a merciless foe devoid of restraint or any willingness to hold back.

In other words, your foe is going to have you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there is not a damned thing you can do to stop it.

Well, the saying goes:

If they are going to make a meal out of you, be sure take a sandwich out of them.

They get to have their meal, but they will never forget that sandwich.


Snell got to eat his quarter million, but you can bet he is never going to forget x4mr's blog.

Ever.

That, dear doctor, is a sandwich.

8/21/2008 5:55 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

And Cigar Man said I was melodramatic.

Wow, Doctor, haven't heard from you since,...I can't even say.

Observer does have it about the sandwich, although he enjoyed spicing it up. The version I know is more simple:

When someone is going to make a meal out of you, be sure to get a sandwich out of them. They may get their meal, but they will never forget the sandwich.

In fact, according to the saying, they remember the sandwich more than the meal.

Whatever. I've moved on and think a lot less about SAIAT than this blog probably suggests. I don't know if anyone pays close enough attention to notice (maybe Nav or Liza), but the place definitely evolves over time, for better or worse.

8/21/2008 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed an evolution in favor of national politics, with less local stuff.

I would prefer that this blog be a daily agitant to bring about local change. There are plenty of other outlets for people to blog about Obama and McCain, but very few places in Tucson where smart, thoughtful people can share information and analysis of Tucson issues.

8/21/2008 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

How is your dissertation going? Page count hasn't changed in a long time, may be "33" has some numerological significance.

8/22/2008 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Anon said:
I would prefer that this blog be a daily agitant to bring about local change. There are plenty of other outlets for people to blog about Obama and McCain, but very few places in Tucson where smart, thoughtful people can share information and analysis of Tucson issues.

And I second the motion. I wish I were in a position to contribute more, most of what I hear is 2nd or 3rd hand.

8/22/2008 3:29 PM  

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