Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reality Bitch Slaps Cloth

In the greatest single defeat for the Cloth since the word's new semantics was distinguished, the Tucson City Council unanimously cemented the demise of a $200M+ publicly funded downtown hotel boondoggle. In a major vindication of ousted Rio Nuevo board member Allan Willenbrock, truth spoke to Cloth and overcame the slimy connections and well lined pockets of Clothmeisters paid to insure that Garfield Traub would rake in millions at city taxpayer expense.

The losing Clothmeisters include Lord Hecker, master schmoozing attorney and principle in Larry/Dan Consulting, MPA Director and soon to be another do nothing TREO VP goon, Michael Guymon, former councilman Fred Ronstadt, Brent Davis, and Rick Kaneen. One could argue whether they lost, for the cool thing about being a paid lobbyist is that you get to keep all that cash even if you deliver the essence of NADA. This is not the first time Larry/Dan consulting swung and missed, but it is perhaps the highest profile instance where the Lord promised and failed to deliver.

As noted over at Tucson Choices, this has to be a blow to Cheerleader Bob. Perhaps he should head over to Pima College for some customized training in urban development. Word is that PCC can put together programs specifically tailored to meet any training need.


Blogger Liza said...

Really interesting.

I do not believe that all those council members grew a spine as much as they fear an angry mob with pitchforks. It is interesting how they were all so opposed to the hotel and actually decided to kill it before it sprouted another head.

It was certainly the right decision, but it does make me feel sad about so much money evaporating and Tucson's downtown being what it is.

And X4mr is right about the consultants and lobbyists. Do they ever really lose? All of these people who have made terrible decisions and collectively wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars will walk away without a mark on them. And plenty of them have stuffed their own wallets.

Sad story, start to finish. I just wonder where they will go from here.

10/27/2010 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Hopefully the next city that HVS and Garfield Traub take their road show to, will look at what happened in Tucson and think twice.

Millions have been wasted, but thanks to the council's action last night, Tucson taxpayers won't be on the hook for hundreds of millions more.

The vast majority of the credit goes to Steve Kozachik for relentlessly shining the light, taking shots from the Cloth-meisters, asking challenging questions, and forcing his colleagues to make the right decision.

Let's hope the mayor sees the writing on the wall and doesn't run for re-election.

The Rio Nuevo audit is supposed to become public before the end of this month, which means there are just a few days left. Matt will have plenty of material to write about. The timing being what it is, you have to wonder if there isn't a front-page article from Rob O'Dell about the audit, coming this Sunday, two days before the election.

The question is, how damning will it be? Will it name names? Will there be suggestions of criminal wrong-doing? I doubt it will go that far, but if certain people were discredited, it would be a public service.

10/27/2010 4:12 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

The entire "Cloth" distinction would not exist if it were not for Joe Snell's TREO stealing workforce development funding intended to help local workers.

Snell stole funds from a Goodwill program for handicapped youth, from a small business assistance center, and from x4mr's SAIAT, which served training resources to local companies. The total Snell stole from these selfless non-profits was a few hundred grand.

I'll bet some Clothmeisters now wish they'd let x4mr keep his itty bitty training center that ran for a song. From what I'm hearing, the cloth conversation is the loudest it has ever been. I am confident that reporters are aware of it.

They may never use the word "cloth," but pressure has to be increasing on the meisters, i.e. MTCVB, TREO, and what they do with their millions. Their shameless lack of performance is increasingly common knowledge.

Imagine a Steve K Mayor and two or three Steve K's on the council. The Cloth would go up in flames, and Tucson's budget would start addressing real issues instead of funneling cash to swine.

10/27/2010 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

This is off topic, but I wonder if you have heard, x4mr, that your former SAIAT board chair, Carol Somers, is dying.

She has weeks to live.

It's funny how life works. When I learned of this I thought of your Guardian Angel chapter.

In 2003, Carol was SAIAT's guardian angel. Thanks to her, it became what you built and lived four more years.

Then she joined SAIAT in 2007 as an employee. During her first week on the job, she was almost killed, but saved by a fluke.

It was she, not you, that shut the place down after TREO destroyed it.

Ironically, after doing so she had four years to live.

Snell should rot in hell.

10/27/2010 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

x4mr mentioned Alan Willenbrock, who stood against the hotel insanity, and got run off the Rio Nuevo board.
There are a few other stalwarts on that board who have refused to be force-fed the Kool-Aid.
Rick Grinnell, Alberto Moore, and Scott Egan have consistently been on the right side of this. According to a posting of Pueblo Politics by Mr. O'Dell, Egan tendered his resignation today.
The good news is that DiGregorio, Russell, and Soltero only have about 6 or 7 months left on their terms. Per the 2009 legislation, their board positions will then be eliminated.

10/27/2010 10:52 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

Sorry to hear about Carol.

I never would have guessed that people could stop such a big score for the Cloth. This is millions of dollars that would have gone to the various characters at the trough.

I'll bet Garfield Traub is PISSED!! Not to mention those on the list who would have gotten kickbacks, oh, excuse me, "consulting fees" if GT scored the deal. This the biggest Cloth defeat since x4mr coined the term.

10/28/2010 2:29 PM  

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