Sunday, March 07, 2010

Governor Brewer Offends Tucson Cloth

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Senate President Bob Burns recently appointed seven members to serve on the new Rio Nuevo Board of Directors. They are:

Jodi Bain, founder/principal of Bain Investments; vice president and general counsel for Town West Realty.
Edwin Biggers, former president of the Hughes Missile Group.

Craig Finfrock, owner and broker of Tucson-based Commercial Retail Advisors.

Carlotta Flores, owner and executive chef of Tucson's El Charro Café.

David Jones, president/CEO of the Arizona Contractors Association.
Alberto Moore, owner of the Tucson real-estate firm Alberto Moore and Associates.

Alan Willenbrock is vice president and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Tucson.
Notice who is missing? Much to the frustration and consternation of the Cloth, the above includes no clothophiles. If aligned, the above also have a majority.

"The Mayor knows who's boss," noted a city staffer on condition of anonymity, “and he worked hard to get Larry Hecker appointed. Everyone is shocked."

One idea to insure that the Cloth remains profusely funded is to require that all Rio Nuevo activities be coordinated by the Downtown Tucson Partnership. For a 35% oversight fee on all Rio Nuevo planning, studies, permitting, engineering, and construction, DTP will prepare Powerpoint slides and coordinate a $50/plate annual luncheon celebrating Rio Nuevo accomplishments.

"Larry and Dan will continue to be well provided for," noted a former Rio Nuevo employee. This will most likely be handled by requiring all contractors wishing to have any involvement with Rio Nuevo projects submit proof of their contracts with Larry/Dan Consulting, "It's no skin off the contractors' noses. They can just pass the costs along to Rio Nuevo by itemizing the Larry/Dan charges on their invoices."

"This isn't over yet," noted a prominent Clothmeister, "Dan gets to stay on until next year. We'll get Larry on that board one way or the other."



Anonymous Observer said...

You've touched on a story that won't make it into the paper.

The cloth has lost a lot of its luster for a combination of reasons including a. you and your story, b. local tea party disgust with wasteful funding of boondoggles like TREO, c. mounting frustration with red tape BS for small businesses and d. a rather pathetic Chamber of Commerce run by the same guy for thirty years with declining membership and worthless events.

People are getting really sick of "self-serving suits" pretending to be community servants. The rampant "pay to play" schemes and cronyism are shameless.

3/07/2010 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

There are two more members of the new Rio Nuevo board yet to be publicly named, and if they turn out to be competent, non-conflicted, civic-minded citizens, then we can truly celebrate a Cloth-Free Breakthrough.

I do sense that some of the Cloth Weavers who have had their way for a very long time are finding their influence waning. Some of their self-dealing has become public knowledge, and their association with botched projects and deals is catching up with them.

Beware the next generation of Cloth Weavers, however. There are some ambitious Cloth Wannabes out there, including Michael Guymon of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance and Lisa Lovallo of Cox Communications.

3/07/2010 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. People blog about this?

Do you check your car before you turn the ignition?

People do have to pay Larry Hecker and Dan Eckstrom in order to play. There are rackets all over the place. Do you know about the bags full of uncounted cash from the parking lot downtown?

3/07/2010 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous 2 said...

On Doug Kennedy's kitchen table?

3/07/2010 7:57 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Anon (7:02):

That's a yes.

3/07/2010 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

O'Dell stalker guy hit you again, probably because Joe Higgins linked to you at Tucson Choices. He speculates that you are impugning the reputation of KY universities, and that your employer would not approve. Your Alexa thing appears to have really chapped his fanny.

His disapproval of blogging about a place where you no longer live seems limited to Tucson. He didn't see anything about the stuff on Pakistan.

3/09/2010 2:49 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Saw it. Hmm. Regarding work, think about skilled researchers considering an employee. They found the blog, articles, grant info, my finish time in a 5K, and most embarrassing, my book reviews that refuses to delete. In fact, "Something Else" occurred to them as strong data mining and a rigorous adherence to facts.

Regarding the hit, the assertions are simplistic, and in particular, way too significant and seem to think I exert far more effort than I do. Maybe I'm just having fun? Also, his facts aren't straight (no connection to Rio Nuevo, etc.). Using IR to get Alexa info?! OMG. Gads. At least his remarks about web traffic are solid.

I'm all but certain that even the AZ political blogs with heavy traffic are read by a relatively small number of people firmly entrenched in their views. It's entertainment. This blog's trajectory is clearly away from Tucson, just not as quickly as some might prefer.

3/09/2010 5:55 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

You hit the nail on the head with significance, x4mr. You would think the taco truck post or the exaggerated rhetoric (usually with a dose of humor) would clue him in, but it doesn't.

At most your cloth conversation, which appears to be the crux of his upset (aside from the Alexa poke), will result in greater measures for holding outside agencies accountable. What's wrong with that?

If he is concerned about your reputation, he vastly overstates the extent to which people think of you. You learned about that long ago.

3/09/2010 7:32 PM  
Anonymous A Different Anon said...

Luke is a kook.

3/09/2010 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Informer said...

Only your cloth stirrings of the right irk "O'Dell stalker guy."

My advice - Blog to your heart's content, including Tucson, but your cloth message has been delivered. Leave the cloth alone. That's what he wants, and he's not alone. Message delivered. Let others carry this torch.

3/09/2010 10:32 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

This thread gets close, but let me polish it off. Nav is spot on about O’Dell stalker guy taking x4mr way too seriously, and then some. Another Anon is right, the guy’s a kook.

I’ve known Matt since he first became the SAIAT director in 2004, years before the blog. We were in the same meetings back in the GTEC days. If anyone gets anything get this:


It is NOT conspiracy theory, although Tucson is quite the “good ol’ boys club.”

I’ve been there when a PCC VP talks about a ludicrous workforce development program that will never happen. I had to put my hand over my mouth when a GTEC executive seriously discussed “ropes to Sweden.” Remember the $500,000 yellow streak? Remember when TREO did its thing at the Fox? The accurate image for Cloth is overpaid people that pretend to be important but produce little. "The Emperor has no clothes" is not conspiracy theory. Then when x4mr dug around for “Something Else” he found some corruption/cronyism. Surprised?

O’Dell Stalker Guy (the name is perfect) should sit through a few dozen workforce investment board meetings. His psychological assessment of x4mr, especially the bit about craving attention, is in fact a self portrait.

3/10/2010 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

This guy says x4mr is in serious need of attention.

Like this guy isn't!!!

Just a quick perusal shows who is trying hard and who is having fun.

I remember when someone bitched that x4mr's blog was "amateur." X4mr replied, "What was your first clue?"

3/10/2010 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

I remember the TREO dog-and-pony show at the Fox. Weavers of Cloth appeared at the side of the stage, presenting different sections of the Economic Blueprint, like they were dispensing profound new insights and solutions. Deus ex Machina.

Wow, better schools?! Brilliant! Revitalized downtown?! Who'd a thunk it?
Higher-paying jobs?! Sign me up.

Lynn was one of the speakers, and I'm sure Hecker was there too. The best part was when Snell said, "I'm going to go off script for a moment and just speak from my heart." He has a heart?

TREO had a $50,000 donation from Don Martin, and in 2006, when Roach and the others were plotting the consumption of several months and several hundreds of thousands of dollars on developing the Blueprint, Martin resisted. Martin's belief was that Tucson already knew what its problems were and therefore TREO didn't need to waste his donation identifying what was already known. Action was needed. This was blasphemy to the Cloth, but Martin was stubborn, and eventually demanded his money back.

Luke is a kook. This is not his first blog with a chip on its shoulder.

3/10/2010 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Truthin' Tom said...

Cigar Man and Robish are exactly right, with Cigar Man knowing workforce development and Robish knowing the city. They know exactly what x4mr is talking about. Like Don Martin, x4mr is a man of action/results, which as Robish notes, is blasphemy to the Cloth.

Jobpath used over a million dollars (paying PCC) to train about 80 people. With a fourth of that (not paying PCC), x4mr trained over 10,000 workers. His place was becoming a serious training center, and that drove PCC bat shit. After TREO shut his place down, Raytheon spent $2 million to replace it. I bet TREO took credit for that $2 million as capital investment.

Cloth also includes the clowns at TCC and MTCVB. Kook should ask himself why the gem show is threatening to leave. Why did the Governor have to get involved with Tucson’s TIF? We know that city and county officials, the Chamber, TREO, DTP, MTCVB, SALC, and other highly paid suits have no responsibility for insuring spring training prospers. Why is this in trouble? Why are a bunch of people furious with TCC?

Oh, my mistake. The above are powerhouses of effectiveness. To get to the real problem, I asked the gem show manager and the owner of the Chicago White Sox why they want to leave Tucson. They were in complete agreement, "Your blogs suck, dude, especially that x4mr guy. Like, he doesn’t even live in Tucson."

3/11/2010 9:16 AM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

Tom, Ha!

Now you have me reminiscing. I will never forget a meeting where PCC Dean John Madden boasted of a full time 2 year optics program. He said recruits should be HS grads with A’s or B’s in both years of algebra. Matt almost choked (these don’t exist at PCC). Then Madden says, "There is a tremendous shortage here. It will be impossible to saturate."

Matt knew Zygo GM Jack Elliot was laying people off and that ETEC, Chorum, and Schott were all closing. Only Breault was growing, and they only hired PhD’s.

Naturally, after great fanfare, nothing happened.

ITASA Director Laura DeNinno helptd secure a six figure grant to train people for entry level call center jobs. When PCC learned Convergys would do the training, it was outraged and told God and everybody that Convergys was colluding to get public funds to train its own workers. Laura couldn’t catch a plane out of town fast enough.

Nothing happened.

What truly gave birth to the term was a leadership program based on what Steve Weathers did in San Diego. PCC would conduct the program (of course) for $85,000. Elated PCC BIT project manager, Howard Weiss, said, "I happen to believe deeply that this is how you get things done. You weave people together, you weave organizations together, and you come up with a stronger cloth that way."

Nothing happened.

Create a program. Produce fanfare. Nothing happens.

Create a yellow streak ($500K+). Produce fanfare. Nothing happens.

Create a blueprint ($250K+). Produce fanfare. Nothing happens.

Talk about a bridge ($9M+). Produce fanfare. Nothing happens.

If you still don’t see it, then your wheels may be turning, but the hamster is dead.

3/11/2010 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Walkup's entire tenure in office has been characterized by the cycle of his cheerleading for some half-baked idea, nothing happening, and then his abandonment of that idea to rally around another half-baked idea.

The final appointments to the Rio Nuevo board will be made soon, and the board will meet Tuesday, March 16 at the Primary Component.

Cloth Apologist/former Urban Planner/Bed-and-Breakfast Proprietor Jeff DiGregorio has assumed the chairmanship of the prior incarnation of the board, and hopes to ram the Garfield Traub hotel down the throats of the new members.

They will oust him as chair as soon as they can, and will not stand for such shenanigans.

Meanwhile, Garfield Traub is trying to bribe everyone they can, as they see their Golden Goose squirming out of their grasp.

The Rio Nuevo Saga is about to hit a fascinating turning point.

Fodder for lots of blog posts from Kentucky.

Where's Liza?

3/11/2010 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, this blog is great. People here actually communicate!

THANK YOU about Laura DeNinno! She was hot, and I remember her being very active with ITASA and technology, and then poof! She disappeared just like that. No one would say anything. I cornered Bob Hagan and asked, and he just mumbled a non-answer.

Now it makes perfect sense. Wow, PCC really threw her under the bus for picking someone else to do the training. I guess those in the position to protest or do something just watched in silence.

3/12/2010 7:56 PM  

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