Saturday, August 23, 2008

Leal Desires Deeper Cloth Cut

(Kennedy's 10,000 sq. ft. mansion near Swan and Glenn) Tucson, Arizona. Arizona Star reporter Rob O'Dell persisted today with another piece noting that Tucson City Council Member Steve Leal (fully aware of TREO's theft of other non-profit agency funding) is calling for an investigation into the Downtown Development Corporation and Doug Kennedy's posh gig as its chief. O'Dell's earlier piece mentioned how wads of parking lot cash (over $15,000 per month) were hand delivered to Kennedy's house each month. If that conjures up the image of some old guy in a small rental at 8th and 8th, think again. Our non-compensated (er, just started a couple years ago) beacon of civic sacrifice and concern for others enjoys a 10,000+ square foot mansion on 2.4 acres complete with tennis courts, golf green, huge swimming pool, the whole bit. Life is swell for the Lords of the Cloth.

What is not in the press are the emails scurrying about with the increasing recognition that, as Observer commented in the prior story here, the incestuous Cloth boards give rise to huge conflicts of interest all over the place. Lord Hecker had the gall to suggest that his "time" actually constituted a "donation" to the various organizations. He either is on the board, was on the board, has been nominated to be on the board, or was under consideration for nomination to the board, or served on the Nominating Committee of the board, or was retained as a consultant to the Nominating Committee for evaluation of potential nominees, or was on the Membership Steering Council of the Nominating Committee considering potential nominees to the Board Executive Committee. One of the ways to distinguish the Cloth is to ask if Hecker is involved. Who is on the DDC board? Who is on the IDA board? Who is on the DTP board? Who is on the Rio Nuevo board? Who gets paid what by whom?

The DDC was given $5 million dollars. Where are the full details of where the money went? From O'Dell's article:

In 1985 and 1986, the DDC and the IDA became partners in two Downtown parking lots, including a prominent lot at North Church Avenue and West Council Street, across the street from El Charro Cafe.

Developers have expressed interest in the lot over the years, but no projects have moved forward.

Sometime after that agreement was signed, the IDA advanced more than $907,000 to the DDC, which never has been paid back, although exactly where the money went is unclear. Kennedy said it went to pay off the El Charro parking lot.


Who got $907,000?

Welcome to cash cow Lot 175. Who owns it? OK, now, who REALLY owns it? Hecker called the investigations "unnecessary and unproductive." Doug Kennedy did respond in writing to the IDA request for information, stating: One of your chief concerns appears to be the "commingling" of the funds of the Torreon Partnership and the Block 175 Partnership.

This just gets better and better. Kennedy cannot resist bitching in the letter: Finally, we would like to know the basis on which you feel you are entitled to receive the DDC’s confidential corporate financial and business records.

As Observer said, follow the boards and follow the money. Money and Boards. Boards and Money.

13 Comments:

Blogger Policon said...

"Lord Hecker had the gall to suggest that his "time" actually constituted a "donation" to the various organizations. He either is on the board, was on the board, has been nominated to be on the board, or was under consideration for nomination to the board, or served on the Nominating Committee of the board, or was retained as a consultant to the Nominating Committee for evaluation of potential nominees, or was on the Membership Steering Council of the Nominating Committee considering potential nominees to the Board Executive Committee. One of the ways to distinguish the Cloth is to ask if Hecker is involved."

You are too, too, funny x4mr. Seriously, you should consider an occassional stand-up routine at a local club!

As to the "Palace that 175-Built," that looks like some seriously swanky digs. Reminds me though, of the old song, "A Big Man, In A Big House, With Acres and Acres of Grass, and a High Wall All Around," except for the fact the song refers in the final stanza to a little different type of big house.

[how the heck do you get these kind of graphics?!]

8/23/2008 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies:

T’once upon a time there was a swine named Snell
Moved to Tucson’s trough where he snarfed it very well
Up from the ashes rose a blogger with a blog
Took one look at Snell and said “Now there’s a thievin’ hog!”

Slimy hog
Sociopath
Liar and Thief

Well sure enough the hog got himself upon some boards
Meetin' other swine and striking swindle chords
Fattened up his purse with lots of stolen funds
Smiled and declared himself among the chosen ones

Tucson Trash
Lots of Cash
The good old boys

A year goes by and the blogger’s still around
Making a big mess of the thieving over town
Noticed by the papers and the people that can see
Screwing up the Cloth way things are supposed to be

Tucson Cloth
Weaving Fabric
Living Good

8/23/2008 3:45 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

Heh, heh, heh. Pure poetry, Observer!

8/23/2008 3:58 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Observer,
That is pretty damn good. That needs a wider distribution, it is too good for a comment thread.

I'm still laughing...

8/23/2008 7:56 PM  
Blogger TexPatriate said...

"I don't worry about the IDA's concerns, because there's nothing to hide; it's all public information," Kennedy said."
===================================
This just gets better and better. Kennedy cannot resist bitching in the letter: Finally, we would like to know the basis on which you feel you are entitled to receive the DDC’s confidential corporate financial and business records.

So. . . which is it ? Is it PUBLIC information or is it CONFIDENTIAL information ?

And why is it that Kennedy cannot remember what he apparently said only days ago ?

Does money rot your brain ? =D

8/24/2008 7:48 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

It's not even about Boards, just Money. Membership on Boards is just a means for them to grab ever increasing amounts of Money.

Money makes the world go round. Money, not diamonds, are a girls best friend, since you can use money to buy diamonds. Money is power. Money, money, money. Money.

An educated workforce requires money ... money for training, for higher salaries ... money that is much better directed into the cloth-meisters grubby, grasping hands.

Tucson is sunny most days of the year, but it's always sunny in the rich man's world.

8/24/2008 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point, Texpatriate. Kennedy and Snell must have gotten their ANUS certification together. That certification program was utterly hilarious, as is observer's song.

I've just spent some time reading, and this is a terrific blog.

I LOVE the profile with all of the films and books and nothing but "Nine Inch Nails" for music. Great touch.

One of the comments under the Star story mentions this blog as "very intelligent" and I agree, including those who comment here.

I'm not local, and I'm glad. It sounds like elected officials in Tucson don't really have anything to do with anything. It all gets done by unelected slime with total immunity. Too bad for Tucson.

I've never heard of a town deliberately choosing to shut down a non-profit training institute. The masters must want the slaves kept unskilled and cheap.

8/24/2008 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Concupiscence said...

It has taken 20 years to hit pay dirt in the downtown information racket. The readers of this blog now grasp why most major developers boogied from here ages ago. JMB/ Chicago. Reliance/ New York. Del Webb/ Phoenix. CIDCO/Cleveland. Duraps Corp./ Canada. After a few years on the Ranch they learned that we are a nasty little controlled Cloth Cabal. And after decades of the weavings and machinations to "sandbag" projects for the insiders, the insiders themselves are collapsing on themselves with the weight of their own deception, greed,and outright malfeasance in the allocation of public monies. The Karma is leaking all over the streets of the CBD. Once the reporters are done, maybe in a year, the voters will have some sunshine upon the millions of greenbacks that have been squandered in the name of "Economic Development" It may as well be a brand of theology as it is based on Faith,Hope and Charity. A Martin Luther like reformation is needed to halt the sale of "indulgences" Here I Stand.

8/25/2008 4:22 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Wow, concupiscence, inspiring. I pray you are right that the slime and filth of the Cloth will collapse upon itself under the scrutiny of honest people that will not give up.

Sirocco is right that in the end it is all about money, but I think it's important for x4mr and O'Dell to understand that they need to shine the bright light on the boards. "Economic Development" is a scam in Tucson run by arrogant "clothmeisters" so full of themselves they think nothing of delivering cash to a house or stealing funds approved to support other agencies, even when they knew they were destroying one of them.

Why are hundreds of thousands of dollars delivered in cash to a house? Why did TREO take hundreds of thousands of dollars from other agencies, and what agencies?

Goodwill: designed jobs and training to help the disabled reach gainful employment and dignity.

MAC: helped fledgling small businesses overcome the challenges of starting up and becoming successful.

SAIAT: delivered customized programs improving the wages of working Tucson employees.

Why take their money?

Occam's Razor, Ladies and Gentlemen.

8/25/2008 8:38 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I think I've beaten the board thing well enough into the ground, and I suspect O'Dell is clear as well. The question is probably what he can get approved. Remember, the owners of the paper sit on these boards.

I am losing interest in TREO. My guess is that they have already stolen all they can. Only a complete idiot would give them a nickel and say, "Give this money to so and so."

By this time I think people know what Snell is. They all smile to his face and then use the restroom.

Mariana asked about the dissertation. I removed the page count because (I now know) it is a worthless metric. It is going well. Most of the data infrastructure is now in place and my work on the model is almost complete. I hope to actually run the numbers within the next two weeks.

For some reason I have been thinking about the Beverly Hillbillies ever since Observer posted those lyrics. I've laughed on and off for several days.

8/26/2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So X4. Are you from Oakland? Or just have pals there?

8/28/2008 2:26 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Have friends there and like the area, in particular SF. I've never lived in CA, but we'll see what happens next year.

8/28/2008 1:00 PM  
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8/28/2008 5:45 PM  

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