Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shootout at the Cloth Corral

Those interested in seeing the Cloth in real time live action should attend the Tucson city council's public hearing tonight where some believe a final up down vote will take place regarding the construction of a new $260M downtown hotel. The Star is calling for additional conversation before a decision is made, to which some groan in agony, "Yeah, let's talk about this for another three years."

General Contractor Turner/Sundt will certainly turn out a motivated mob of hotel supporters whipped up by promises of high paying jobs. Those against the hotel, seeing it as a boondoggle with horrendous financial consequences, will certainly have some means of expression.

Clothmeisters will be on hand to deliver the goodies for salivating builder Garfield Traub, who has lined the pockets of many to score the prize. Possible hotel champions include Michael Guymon of Metropolitan Pima Alliance, Brent Davis, Rick Kaneen, and former councilman Fred Ronstadt, who is rumored to be considering a run for Mayor. Perhaps even Lord Hecker himself will attend to give nods of approval or scowls depending on who is speaking. Of course, none of these characters take money from any contractors, and none of them get a juicy check of gratitude if this project gets built.

By the way, effective Nov. 15, Michael Guymon is leaving the MPA to become Vice-President for Regional Development for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO). And people think I'm making this stuff up.

I'm getting conflicting predictions on what will occur this evening. I've always said with a tone of resignation that of course the stupid thing will be built, the same resignation I feel about the Rosemont Mine. It will happen, and the public will yet again fork out massive subsidies so a small number of people can make a fortune. With the hotel, it will be continuing support to keep it solvent. With the mine, it will be water and the extensive clean up costs after the few have had their fun.

That said, regarding the hotel some sharp people are telling me different. If they are right, the hotel dies tonight. The Star's Pueblo Politics plans to live blog the event.


Anonymous Observer said...

The Tucson Tea Party has a Facebook page about tonight's hearing.

It's weird to see something where x4mr and the tea party are completely aligned.

10/26/2010 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes sense that TREO would hire a guy who secretly took money from Garfield Traub for construction deals.

10/26/2010 2:50 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Breaking news: No Hotel

This is interesting. I'm not surprised but I did not totally expect this. But it's definitely the right decision at this time.

10/26/2010 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Framer said...

Steve K. is a witch!

That is perhaps the best political performance that I have seen in a long time.

I would bet a tidy sum that Steve wrote the proposal and Regina read it as her own as a condition of her vote. Regina did not write it, that I am sure of.

The actual proposal was a beautiful piece of literature that kills this thing dead with no hope of revival, despite Walkup's dissembling at the end.

Big assist to the local labor leader that brought out the fact that very little local labor was being used on this project. That provided the cover the wobbly council members needed. It's late, and sitting through that meeting killed my brain. I'll get his name again tomorrow.

10/26/2010 10:11 PM  
Blogger T.O. said...

His name is Jim Kuliesch (sp?). He's a building trades guy. Kozachik certainly deserves kudos - he put the wind in the sails to arrive at this conclusion. Not sure why Romero didn't author the motion, but regardless she certainly held firm on the Mayor as maker of the motion. I agree with Liza -it's definitely the right decision at this time.

10/26/2010 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Framer said...

The motion basically read like "If Garfield Traub doesn't agree to x demands, including world peace, the Pirates winning the World series, and if they cannot produce the body of Jimmy Hoffa, the city council will not reconsider the motion."

That was Steve, not Regina. The fact that everyone else got to speak before Steve bears this out. He got his way, they got the credit in return for their votes.

10/27/2010 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The community owes Steve K and those who helped him for this one. That hotel would have eaten a ton of money only to become money pit to operate.

Guymon is a perfect fit for TREO.

10/27/2010 10:32 AM  

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