Friday, October 22, 2010

Antenori Irks Cloth

Arizona Rep. Frank Antenori got some of the Cloth aficionados all irritated and persnickety this week by having a "Rio Nuevo" bus tour for supporters and other interested individuals. On Wednesday, approximately 50 people paid a suggested price of $60 - $100 each for the tour, the funds going to the Antenori for Arizona campaign. The tour was guided by former RN Board Member Allan Willenbrock, who was ousted from the board when he noted that the financial projections for the downtown hotel were complete fiction and entirely inconsistent with established data for comparable scenarios.

The tour featured:

Dirt lots west of Interstate 10
Trolley Routes
The Scott Ave. Orange Griffin
The Site of Free MOCA rent
Low Income Housing Projects
Taxpayer supported Train Depot Plaza
City owned hotel site
The new entrances at the TCC
Rainbow bridges, $46m underpasses

After the tour, the group met at Lot 175 in front of El Charro. Lot 175 funnels $10-15K per month in uncounted cash to a well connected clothmeister. Then they entered El Charro for margaritas and munchies and a discussion of what could have been and where the $200 million actually went.

Word is that Frank chose not to expose the group to the $100K+ in office furniture sitting dormant in TREO's vast array of empty cubicles. He was afraid some of the tourists might get lost in the expansive office space rented by TREO at taxpayer expense.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an item of local real estate interest, did he show them the lot that DDC, the shadow agency that was absorbed by them,purchased from Joe Bonnano when he was in jail? Did they go to the home of Doug Kennedy, who has no visible means of support and was the defacto head of DDC but never showed up on their annual 990's? Just took the cash home from the parking lot!

Bell,California ain'got nuttin' on Tucson. We are still the Wild West and the bank robbers are just renamed---Economic Development Specialists.

10/22/2010 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bell, California has a strong city manager form of government. That is the type of government that the Clothmeisters at SALC are trying to install in Tucson with Prop 401.

Of course, Antenori didn't show them the Fox Theater or the rebuilt Presidio.

Maybe he could buy one of those lots for his incandescent light bulb factory.

10/22/2010 10:42 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

One could go either way with the theater. Yes, it is very nice, but at what price? Last I heard, and admittedly it's been awhile, the place was still in deep financial trouble.

I keep forgetting about 401. Is that going to actually happen? If it does, the town seriously needs to elect someone else.

10/22/2010 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last graf bonked me over the head:

"Word is that Frank chose not to expose the group to the $100K+ in office furniture sitting dormant in TREO's vast array of empty cubicles. He was afraid some of the tourists might get lost in the expansive office space rented by TREO at taxpayer expense."

A couple of years ago, I went to a meeting at TREO. They were trying to recruit locals for a business-seeking junket to England. Not that anyone was paying your way, you had to do that.

I decided against the trip, as it was wa-a-ay above my budget. I'm all for seeking out new business in far-off places, but I seem to be doing just fine by not leaving home and picking up the phone and sending e-mails.

Any-hoo, after I left the meeting, I walked out into the Cubicle Zone. It was huge. And not a soul in it.

I stepped into an empty cubicle and did such routine things as put my bike helmet, safety vest, and riding gloves on. Nothing like an empty cubicle for getting back into one's cycling costume. Much more spacious than a stall in the TREO ladies' room.

But I couldn't help wondering what in the Sam Hill all the space was for. It was obviously unused. All I could conclude was that it was there for some sort of phone-banking operation. But I've never heard of TREO doing such a thing.

10/22/2010 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Dang, I would have enjoyed going on that tour, although I don't know if I could stomach contributing that much to a Republican campaign.

When TREO rented that space, the Cloth was in its hey day and thought TREO was going to take over the world. They couldn't squander all of that taxpayer cash fast enough.

x4mr is not exaggerating about the space. It is literally row after row after row of totally unused cubicles. The price of the furniture rivals the gluttony of Wall Street. I heard the chairs were over $500 each. The conference room table was like five grand or something.

Arrogant pigs at the trough.

10/22/2010 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then of course there was Rio Nuevo office moving to save money. Erstwhile they paid rent on a vacant space. At least we knew Wyatt Earp was duplicitous.

Has Antenori got counseling for his PTSD yet?

10/22/2010 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Chris DeSimone and Joe Higgins of "Wake Up Tucson" organized the tour, and DeSimone was one of the tour leaders as well. Having the tour ticket proceeds go to Antenori's campaign was a stroke of genius, as various Democratic optimists who wished to go on the tour to throw some positivity into the otherwise critical, Cloth-bashing festivities would (and did) recoil at the thought of contributing to Antenori the Ogre's campaign.

Word was that Anne-Marie Russell, the executive director of MOCA, jumped on board the bus to spin some yarns about MOCA. MOCA is now enjoying its second free city-owned downtown building space, thanks to her connections to Ms. Trasoff. Trasoff got Russell appointed to the Rio Nuevo board, where she, along with another Trasoff favorite, Jeff DiGregorio, rubberstamped the convention hotel in its formative stages, approved the sale of $80 million in bonds at the worst possible time to sell bonds, and basically did the bidding of the Downtown Cloth in power at the time.

When she came aboard the Antenori Rio Nuevo Express, she is said to have claimed that MOCA saved the city money on demolition or boarding up the building.

Also in attendance was a local commercial real estate broker who pointed out that he had been working with the Dept. of Homeland Security, which wanted to pay real money to the city in rent for the building that MOCA got for free.

MOCA recently won an award from an organization whose executive director Michael Guymon, a Clothified 40-under-40 type, is or was MOCA's board treasurer. No conflict of interest there!

x4mr references Lot 175, which has now been de-clothified to some degree. Doug Kennedy was finally shown the door after years of counting parking revenue at his kitchen table, and the DDC had to deed over the property to another organization to whom it owed $900,000+.

Fox Theatre continues to bleed red ink and the considerable goodwill that was developed over several years by non-Cloth achiever Herb Stratford. The current director can't find his way out of a paper bag, and it is just a matter of time before Rio Nuevo deals harshly with him and the foundation that hired him in secrecy.

10/22/2010 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I guess a strong City Manager could just sweep this all under the carpet. Call it 401 Closet on the ballot.

10/23/2010 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Robish is obviously extremely informed. I really wonder who he is. He must work for the county, or the city, or someone close to the action.

x4mr, I saw that you commented at Tedski's blog. WTF do you think you are doing? Tedski WORKS FOR ECKSTROM!! He is an employee of SER, which is part of the South Tucson machine.

Someone called you out and said you were "infatuated with O'Dell."

I am guessing that you and O'Dell are near the top of a certain shit list.

10/23/2010 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

Speaking of Cloth - this just in from ITB:

TREO hires MPA’s executive director

Effective Nov. 15, Metropolitan Pima Alliance Executive Director Michael Guymon is leaving to become Vice-President for Regional Development for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO).

Guymon has been MPA’s executive director since Sept. 2008, having served as the organization’s first Governmental Relations Director. His career experience includes both the public and private sectors as former Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt and political consultant to a number of downtown area development projects.

The MPA Board of Directors will be responsible for hiring a new executive director.

10/25/2010 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

I went on that tour and had a great time. Very educational, and fun. We took pictures in front of the $55, 000 griffin.

I believe Chris and Joe helped to win the demise of the City Hotel deal.

10/27/2010 12:48 PM  

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