Saturday, May 02, 2009

Conniving Cloth II

I posted Conniving Cloth almost two weeks ago about the efforts of Clothmeister Glenn Lyons, head of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, to position himself to rake in millions of TIF funds under the guise of doing something related to Rio Nuevo. The DTP is the result of the clothification of what was once a respectable organization (the Tucson Downtown Alliance).

The comments at the post elaborated on Lyons strategy to sweeten his faucet at the trough. Sure enough, Rob O’Dell has an article in today’s Star discussing an upcoming "closed door" meeting of the Rio Nuevo board to do exactly that. Make no mistake. That meeting is not about building a building, paving a street, running a waterline, or producing any result for the public good. It is set to do one thing and one thing only: clear the path to stuffing Clothmeister accounts, in particular DTP and Lord Hecker. It is to arrange massive cash flow from TIF to the Cloth.

When I said that Clothmeisters don’t do anything, I misspoke. Their time is devoted to conjuring up schemes to inhale vast sums of public funds, keep a ton for themselves, and squander the rest on friends and consultants. They do it extremely well. TREO torches $100K a month of city money and twice that in lookie good gifts from the corporate PR crowd (TEP, Wells Fargo, Click, Raytheon, PICOR, etc..). DTP’s numbers are similar, and Lyons sees an opportunity in the demise of Shelko’s $120+K gig.

Antoneri gets it, and I suspect Paton does as well. As much as I bash the GOP at the national level, here in the city I’m probably as red as anyone. I guess I don’t get why our local politicians are such spineless pushovers in terms of stuffing the pockets of greedy, arrogant (meet them sometime) do nothing swine that produce zero results year after year, yet stand up and demand millions of taxpayer dollars to conduct a charade.


Anonymous Framer said...

Monday 3:00 pm at the Greenlee room at the TCC. There will be a short opportunity for the public to speak before the public "Vote" of whatever the council has decided in private.

Notice the screwball time and location to go along with the two business day notice of the meeting. The details were leaked to O'Dell, not volunteered.

Frank will be speaking, and we will see if we can get the word out to get others there.

I know that our city council was marching with the communists on Friday, but we shouldn't let them act like the Soviet era Politburo.

5/02/2009 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

I may have said this before, but back in the day I thought x4mr was "bluer than blue."

As time progresses, I can see that he was telling the truth when he said he was an Independent that seemed more blue out of outrage towards the Bush administration, an abomination by any sane standard of any color.

I share the outrage and hunger for EFFECTIVE government. I see that you commented over at Arizona Eighth's excellent post on the same topic.

X4mr and Framer should have a beer sometime.

5/02/2009 2:49 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

The partisan lines break down at the local government level particulary when local government is as dysfunctional as that of Tucson.

Local governments are primarily concerned with delivery of basis services - Police, Fire, water, sewage treatment, street repair, building permits, parks, libraries, and so on...There isn't much room for partisanship in the delivery of basic services.

Partisanship can certainly become a significant issue when the cities go beyond basic services. But Tucson never gets there. They have failed so miserably in the areas of managed growth and economic development for so long that most of the citizens do not seem to identify this as a Democratic or Republican problem.

As for the Star article, I think that Frank Antenori is spot on. The clothmeisters look out for each other because their fat easy paychecks depend on it. They produce nothing and they are non essential. At some level they are aware of this and they know that any one of them could land in the hot seat at any time.

So, yes, look for them to take care of Mr. Lyons. The money is of no concern and never has been.

The citizens seem to be so fed up with these people. I just wonder why there isn't more activism dedicated to getting rid of every last one of them.

I hope that Trasoff is not re-elected. And Uhlich seems to be going for some kind of title in, "HOW TO SPEAK AND COMMIT TO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHILE APPEARING TO BE VERY OPENMINDED."

City Council seems to be in some kind of cycle where the citizens do not want them to make any money because most of them are worthless. However, you get what you pay for.

Tucson should probably switch to a strong mayor local government, provide decent compensation, and then elect someone who is actually qualified. Asking too much?

5/02/2009 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good points, Liza, but isn't it interesting that the lefty blogs make no mention of the cloth, while the more righty blogs do?

I don't think lefty blogs RRR and Blog for AZ have emitted a single peep on the cloth corruption, while Tucson Choices, Arizona Eighth, and x4mr are all over it.

I like Observer's comment as well. When I see effective government serving its people, I can feel all blue inside. When restricted to our local scene with a corrupt government robbing the hard working to stuff swine, I can turn bright red.

Good luck to Frank Antoneri, Jonathon Paton, Al Melvin, and the rest in stopping the TIF "cloth fest."

5/02/2009 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anon #2 said...

This bit in O'Dell's article about a poison pill in the works at the Rio Nuevo Board--fascinating stuff. I wonder how O'Dell learned about that. Is there a tear in the fabric of this cloth that is allowing tactical information to leak?

Not only are they conspiring to hire the DTP to manage Rio Nuevo before they know if there is a Rio Nuevo left to manage, but they are extorting the Legislature to save it by making it cost money to kill it.

For those who think anything is justified because the ever-wronged city of Tucson is being picked on again by those evil legislators from Maricopa, this would be hailed as a clever tactic. Just like some apologists defended the gerrymandering of the district in the first place, and justified the "December Surprise" of 2008, the Rio Nuevo bond sale, just weeks before the legislature began its 2009 session.

5/02/2009 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Sunday Star op-ed page is completely Cloth.

5/03/2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Hecker's cloth talk is an excellent example of how it's done.

Imagine 500 people at a luncheon where they go on like this for 90 minutes, year after year.

For the first year or so, you give them the benefit of the doubt and anticipate all sorts of results are just around the corner.

Then five years go by.

I've never met Hoskinson. She might be new in town and unaware of the incompetence and corruption.

That article features a thumbnail to a photo of Lord Hecker, should anyone be curious.

5/03/2009 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Glassman separating himself from the crowd.

5/03/2009 12:38 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

The Hecker/Hoskinson op-ed reads like a template.

Why does the Star give them a forum? Maybe just to see what kind of vitriolic comments they can generate.


5/03/2009 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

There is a TREO editorial in the paper edition of the Star today but it's not available online.
What's up with that?

5/06/2009 6:38 AM  

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