Friday, June 04, 2010

Questioning Cloth

I no longer pay much attention to matters Tucson, but someone sent an email calling my attention to a 6/2/2010 Rob O'Dell piece about the Mayor's cancellation of a meeting between the city council and the newly formed Rio Nuevo board. The Mayor is quoted as saying, "I've been through joint meetings before, they're complicated and they're expensive."

Oh, god. Yeah, that's why he canceled the meeting. Apparently he even suggested numbers for the cost at $10,000 to $20,000. I can't make stuff like this up. Suggesting the meeting would run 20 grand is Three Stooges slapstick in a conversation devoted to funneling triple digit millions to Garfield Traub for stuffing the coffers of Larry/Dan Consulting, Inc. The city council and Rio Nuevo have nothing to discuss, nothing at all.

The meeting was canceled because certain folks are terrified of the questions City Councilman Steve Kozachik is asking about due diligence and what is entirely anathema to the Cloth, REALITY. So this hotel will have what occupancy at what rates? What data provide how much confidence in light of the immigration ruckus?

Word is that Kozachik is also scratching his head at the rest of the Clothiverse, daring to ponder matters like:

Did TREO actually produce a result, any result at all, ever?
What does DTP actually provide for the city?
Uh, MTCVB gets paid how much? To do what?

I don't know Steve, but if he is anything like me, I can just imagine what he's going through. I will never forget those meetings where suits talked about ropes to Sweden, positioning regional attributes, community fabric, and leveraging the college, mountains and mountains of rhetoric and presentations and plans and blueprints THAT PRODUCE NOTHING. After awhile it became clear that in Tucson public officials and the multimillion dollar Clothiverse do nothing for local economic development and simply take credit for what does occur in spite of their charade.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Robish said...

No, we certainly wouldn't want to discuss the feasibility of the $200 million hotel, or the risks associated with its capital plan. Walkup is now hanging his hat on the convention hotel, after all of the other projects that he's gotten out in front of over the years have been busts.

Re: the cost, he's probably counting salaries for all the staff support, but the city wouldn't save any of those salaries by not having a meeting.

Word is that the Rio Nuevo board is taking a very hard look at things and is dumbfounded by the mess they inherited. The old board never had liability insurance, so the new board has been hesitant to make decisions until they could get insured. Doh!

Anyone who has watched Kozachik in action at a council meeting knows that he doesn't fall for the kind of bullshit that Snell spews in his presentations and reports. If Snell has to come to the podium to defend himself, it will be good theater. Whether Kozachik can get four votes to hold Roach accountable is another matter.

But thank God someone is asking hard questions!

6/04/2010 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor canceled a Rio Nuevo meeting because it was too expensive?!

Embarrassing.

Charade is a good word for those clowns. Kozachik may not have votes, but at least he is shedding some light and in a certain respect, taking the baton from x4mr in exposing the Cloth. I wish Robish and x4mr could join Kozachik on the council.

Imagine demanding that TREO bring the top local executive of every company they claim they brought to town, and having that executive explain precisely how TREO made the difference.

X4mr also raises a good point about the immigration mess. We have no idea how much business that hotel would get.

6/04/2010 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anon said...

The SB 1070 fallout is very unpredictable at this point in time. Things might die down and it could become old news that doesn't affect tourism in Tucson.

However, the jury is definitely out. When the law takes affect, what incidents will occur? What could totally screw the pooch for Tucson is that after the law is implemented, there is a flash point event where an innocent Latino gets harassed in a way that escalates. Suddenly, an innocent and perfectly legal person ends up dead because they don't have papers.

I don't think the law, just as a concept, can sustain a strong boycott for long. If offensive and outrageous stories with names and faces start to occur, particular if innocent people are hurt or killed, Arizona is dog shit.

Moving on, regardless of the immigration bill, I don't think that hotel will return the investment. In fact, it will probably require an operating subsidy indefinitely.

6/04/2010 8:28 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Does anyone know anything about this appointed council person by the name of Paul Cunningham who replaced Rodney Glassman?

Why was he the "most qualified and eligible" candidate? He's a Pima County juvenile probation officer isn't he?

So is Cunningham asking any hard questions? Think he ever will?

Kozachik might have to settle for being the lone wolf howling in the night, at least for awhile. I hope he doesn't give up.

6/05/2010 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Cunningham certainly was not the most qualified candidate, and he is on the council because he was hand-picked by the Democratic establishment. His dad is George Cunningham, he's young, and they figure they can run him for office for many years to come.

So far he seems like a goof.

6/05/2010 10:35 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I guess that is what we could expect from the local Democratic establishment, to bring someone up from the good ol' boy network who will go with the flow.

Too bad they can't even be honest about it. I suppose that if monitoring the behavior of juvenile delinquents were the number one priority of local government, then they made the perfect choice. Otherwise, give the citizens some credit for being able to think and don't tell us that you selected the "most qualified and eligible candidate."

The local Democrats may have a few surprises when they try to get some of these incumbents re-elected. The voters said "no, thanks" to Nina Trasoff and Karen Uhlich came very close to being unseated. There is a lot of anger out there and many people are waking up from their apathy and starting to think that it is not unreasonable to expect competent leadership from elected officials.

Partisan affiliations will break down at the local level of government more easily than at any other level. I am most definitely not a Republican, but I would vote for Kozachik every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I know absolutely nothing about the local Republican establishment, but the message should be clear.

6/06/2010 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The meeting was also probably canceled because of questions the board might raise, or most likely, fear about the combination of the board and Kozachik being in the same room and able to go back and forth.

Robish obviously knows what he is talking about. I wish he were in office.

I like what Liza said. I'm liberal as hell, but when it comes to this city council, I say, "Go, Steve, GO!" and although I don't like some of his state level votes, I think Frank Antenori also gets it about these local boondoggles.

6/06/2010 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Koz may not get any support but at least he can sleep well at night knowing he's doing his job which is a hell of a lot more than the Mayor can say for himself. The rest of them are probably lost causes so there is no sense fretting about them.

Maybe, just maybe, the other ones will see that Steve K. is on the right track and he may actually sway votes to do the right thing.

Walkup has made no secret that he'll sell his soul for the streetcar. He will bend over on everything else now that he has his choo choo.

I hope Michael Keth is a good change on DTP, seems like a decent guy but I am not holding my breath. But I'll hold out some hope for him.

Meanwhile, thank you Steve K for doing what you were elected to do.

6/06/2010 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

AZ Star ran a fawning story about new DTP jefe on Sunday:

http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/article_cb2af849-b3a5-509d-87b9-a7aeaf62b4a7.html

6/08/2010 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Yet Another Anon said...

Michael Keith is a really good guy. Big improvement over his smug predecessor.

He certainly wasn't the first choice of Lord Hecker. Michael is way too down-to-earth to have been the choice of the Big Three.

Hope it works out.

6/08/2010 10:44 PM  

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