Friday, July 09, 2010

Kozachik Exposes Building Fraud

A couple months ago I wrote One Juicy Cloth Thread when the Tucson Choices blog featured videos of Tucson to a conversation with University of Texas Professor Heywood Sanders (Curriculum Vitae), whose research led to the publication of Field of Schemes about a nationwide Cloth racket hardly limited to Tucson. Pay us a fortune to build it. Not to worry, they'll come. Sure they will.

Consultants in bed with builders are well paid to provide shiny documents giving politicians justification to build projects that make a fortune for the builders and their pals, who laugh all the way to the bank while local governments are left with financial sinkholes that not only squandered the funds for construction, but then continue to hemorrhage and require ongoing taxpayer subsidies to operate.

Councilman Steve Kozachik has clearly grasped the distinction Cloth, as has Star reporter Rob O'Dell, perhaps the only reporter in Tucson who writes on the topic with respectable chutzpah. Thursday he launched an article describing how Kozachik had Dr. Sanders address the city council regarding the downtown hotel Mayor Walkup and associated clothophiles (in particular Larry/Dan consulting) desperately want to build. As you can see at O'Dell's piece, the exchange between Professor Sanders and Kozachik was devastating, with Sanders citing solid data regarding occupancy and rates in city after city, project after project.

Mayor Walkup's request to cut the presentation from 40 minutes to 20 minutes occurred as the desperate act of someone interested in avoiding the truth.

Reading about intelligent analysis being applied to the kind of nonsense I endured while a part of the clothiverse is just exquisite. Kudos to Kozachik for lifting the rock over the cockroaches, and kudos to O'Dell for solid reporting and pitching that puppy through the editor's strike zone. You can imagine the comments posted at the piece.

MIT's Don Pickrell's work - A Desire Named Streetcar exposes deliberate fudging of numbers to justify construction.

Systemic Policy Analysis of the same flavor applied to transportation.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor's trying to shorten the discussion was ridiculous and demonstrates his lack of interest in a genuine consideration of the facts.

Even more pathetic were the questions about the costs of Sanders coming to Tucson. These people think nothing of spending hundreds of millions and seem uninterested in something that could lose millions per year, and they are questioning air fare from Texas to Arizona, probably a couple hundred bucks.

Also, that such a hotel would have 70% occupancy at $160+/room is completely absurd. How embarrassing.

7/09/2010 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

The HVS projections are as comical as TREO's latest boast about the jobs and capital investment they created. They created zero.

Solar energy will dramatically expand in this region. Watch the swine take credit for it. What will be interesting is if the solar firms all locate around, but too close to, the Tucson area, instead locating in Gila Bend, Benson, etc..

Maybe after meeting the Tucson cloth and learning about the Hecker / Eckstrom pay to play and TREO sponsorship fees, all solar firms tell this town to f*** itself.

7/09/2010 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

meant to say "not too close to" Tucson, and I would love to see someone compare the economic development of Tucson against its close neighbors.

How are Casa Grande, Benson, Willcox, Gila Bend, etc., doing in terms of job and company expansion compared to Tucson? I think a comparative analysis of this sort would illuminate some inconvenient truths for certain cloth loving people.

7/09/2010 9:09 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I actually think it was extremely rude of Mayor Walkup to ask Dr. Sanders to cut his presentation down from 40 minutes to 20 minutes. The man flew out here from Texas, by invitation, and he should have been treated with respect.

Karen Uhlich never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think she has made either the most ignorant or the most meaningless statement possible, she outdoes herself.

Karen Uhlich is worried about Dr. Sanders' travel costs and brings this up at the meeting? Apparently, she did not feel satisfied that the mayor had been rude enough and she wanted to make sure that Dr. Sanders fully understood he was in a hostile environment.

A few weeks ago a city council person, Paul Cunningham, had an open house at the Ward 2 office. I heard that they had quite a bit of food as well as entertainment. I'm not saying that it is wrong for him to do that, but is Karen Uhlich aware of it? Is Karen Uhlich concerned about this kind of expenditure or is this okay with her? I'm only pointing this out because Karen Uhlich is keeping such a tight watch on what the taxpayers are being charged for.

It is bad enough that they are incompetent beyond comprehension, but do they have to embarrass us?

7/11/2010 6:18 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

It's our own little Hotel to Nowhere.

7/11/2010 6:40 PM  

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