Sunday, June 07, 2009

Cloth, Copper, and the Citizen

Rob O’Dell has another Cloth article today noting the recent moves of the Clothmeisters to continuously increase the flow of taxpayer funds at the cloth trough. Glenn Lyons is truly emerging as a Larry Hecker disciple, someone with the ability to rake in massive amounts of money with nothing but rhetoric, corruption, and schmoozing. Lyons DTP is getting, at city taxpayer expense of $200K / year, former Hein lackeys Jaret Barr and Fran LaSala. Lyons boondoggle $130K salary is twice that of his predecessor’s to run a larger agency that produces less. Now fully clothified, the DTP equals the ability of TREO and Rio Nuevo to squander millions on each other and their friends. Once one has the distinction "cloth" such articles are painful to read.

Despite all of the local noise and lip service from politicians including Giffords and Grijalva, the Rosemont mine is moving forward and now addressing $900 M of financing to create an open pit copper mine near Madera Canyon. Without addressing the contribution open pit mining offers to scenic locations, the full scope of the water situation has not been addressed. Yes, they have permits, but has anyone really run the numbers, the real numbers, including implications for costs? The community will end up heavily subsidizing the costs of providing water to that mine. Dig into it and you’ll find that Arizona is the AIG / Madoff of water, a permit Ponzi scheme on a collision with disaster.

What’s up with the Tucson Citizen? It now appears to be a collection of about 20 blogs. Is it any different from Lefty Blogs or other blog aggregators? Is anyone being paid anything? Is there any editing or reporting function accountable to a paid authority such as editor Mark Evans? I’ve noticed that respectable blogger Art Jacobson is part of the effort. Well, good luck to them in sorting out a design and methodology for contributing to the discourse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cloth are a pathetic set of arrogant buffoons. Notice they are ALL white (except Eckstrom) and fat as hell. Snell and Barr look exactly like pigs.

I don't know about the Citizen. Today is Sunday, and for today it had ONE blog story. If it is just a couple (and not impressive) blog stories per day, it is doomed.

The mine is a done deal and always was, regardless of what your ex-girlfriend says.

6/07/2009 4:50 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


If by ex-girlfriend you refer to my ex-wife, I can promise you that she has never heard of the Rosemont Mine, let alone commented on the subject. In fact, her thoughts on mining would occur in the context of her partner's wallet, not some pit in Madeira Canyon.

If you refer to our Congresswoman, you are most mistaken. Men with my background do not survive two dates with women having hers.

6/07/2009 5:41 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

From the article:

Glenn Lyons, the partnership's chief executive officer, said Barr, who makes $94,411 a year, will work on issues related to financing the new Downtown Convention Center hotel. Duties for LaSala, who makes $97,344, have not been determined.

If Tucson cannot free itself from the stranglehold of these third rate bureaucratic predators, then Tucson is going to be exactly what it is. I know I've said that many times, but this just goes on and on.

These people need to be tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail, but they keep getting fat paychecks.

I want a job for just under 100K where the duties have not yet been determined.

6/07/2009 5:46 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Duties for LaSala, who makes $97,344, have not yet been determined.

As x4mr would say, most astute, Liza. The statement exposes the corruption of the Cloth.

They don't need an HR approved opening for a documented job description, but they hand him a $100K job saying "we'll find a task."

Liza sees it for sure, and I don't think she's alone.

6/07/2009 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic and disgusting.

What a worthless waste of money.

6/08/2009 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Sign me up for Fran LaSala's job.

I'll do great work for the cloth. Sit around and fondle my own ass in my office. Flatter the other cloth. Tell Snell he's swell. Tell Hecker he's great.

For 97 grand, shoot, I'll even smile at Dan Eckstrom.

6/08/2009 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

The idea here is to maintain control of downtown development through a compliant surrogate organization run by cronies of Trasoff, with the additional advantage of not being subject to Open Meeting Laws, state Procurement laws, and the like.

Transparency has left the city.

6/09/2009 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

"Lyons said it's possible the new board could hire the Downtown partnership to run Rio Nuevo, but said it more likely would want to bring in its own team.
But he said that is some ways off, because the bill still has to become law, the state needs to name the Rio Nuevo board and the board needs to negotiate a new intergovernmental agreement with the city.
"It will take awhile," Lyons said."

So basically, Lyons, Barr, and La Sala will try to do as much as they can on behalf of the City of Tucson before the State of Arizona takes away that privilege.

Hopefully the new oversight board can get up and running quickly, and it won't "take a while".

6/09/2009 2:51 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

"Downtown Development" just sends a shudder down my spine.

These people develop nothing.

Thinking of them just makes me feel old and weary.

Do they have to actually die from old age before Tucson has a chance?

6/09/2009 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Yes, it is a bit of an oxymoron.

6/09/2009 3:21 PM  

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