Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cloth Distilled

Star reporter Rob O’Dell has a telling piece today noting Tucson Finance Director Kelly Gottschalk’s list of objections to the blistering Rio Nuevo audit recently released that found what everyone already knew, the project blew $230 million dollars on consultants and Clothmeisters.

The "Yeah, but" list contained nothing of significance, items like, "You got the boundaries wrong."

The line in the article that has evoked the greatest response in the reader comments is Cloth distilled, "She said the $900,000 that Rio Nuevo paid to demolish buildings on the property doesn’t count as spending since the project wasn’t built."

Doesn’t that just say it?

In the Clothiverse, the millions paid to MTCVB don’t count. The millions paid to TREO don’t count. Nothing was done, so the spending doesn’t count.

Regarding MTCVB, at a meeting this week Supervisor Ann Day referred to information about its results as "superficial and vague."

CLOTH.

Regarding TREO, word is that Snell is now asserting the city should provide funds for workforce development training. I imagine PCC would get this funding, but the spending wouldn’t count since no one would be trained.

The city once did provide workforce development funding. Money went to an institute that trained over 10,000 workers annually from over 100 companies. Since it generated much of its own revenue, the taxpayer cost was less than $25 per trained worker. Money went to Goodwill for a program that provided customized workforce training for youth that led to entry level but promising jobs. The program found employment for everyone it trained. Money went to the Microbusiness Advancement Center for training small business start ups.

Joe Snell stole ALL of that funding, shutting down the first two programs and crippling the third.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cigar Man said...

Once again, just when I think it can't get any clearer.

The "that spending doesn't count" line is hilarious.

Joe Snell talking about workforce development is like Winnie the Pooh discussing quantum mechanics. He knows absolutely nothing about education or training at any level for any student on any subject.

Joe Snell is a liar and a thief. If he is discussing any funding for anything, he is conniving a scheme to score money for his own sweet ass. He is 100% devoted to himself and has never done a thing with the interest of another human being in mind.

Walker did attend the meeting with the Supervisors. I think you're right, x4mr, that some people are starting to get it about the "Cloth Aficionados."

The Tucson Choices blog is also posting some good content on this subject.

I love it.

11/17/2010 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Kelly has a follow up article about MTCVB.

I remember years ago when x4mr was blogging about the cloth, and only his small set of readers understood what he was talking about. Like he said at a recent post, it is now clear that the Star, that is, Rob O'Dell, Andrea Kelly, and maybe Brodesky and Bodfield, get the cloth.

As the pressure on MTCVB and TREO increase, they will produce all sorts of claims and fabricate numbers about the millions they are causing. It is bullshit.

Both agencies are taking credit for what others are already doing and for what was going to happen anyway.

11/17/2010 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Cigar Man feels the same love for these crooks as x4mr.

You can almost feel the noose tightening, oh so slowly, month after month, year after year, but it is happening.

We now have elected officials openly addressing the funds paid and the results produced by sacred cloth cows that used to be worshiped by all, and it is happening at BOTH the city and the county.

x4mr might love to take credit for some of this, and it's true he may have been a catalyst, but the huge driver, of course, is the Rio Nuevo holocaust, and now the local tea party crowd (rightfully) going ballistic about it.

I think the same charade will continue, but they will have to invent better justifications for squandering vast sums of public funds to enrich their own personal fortunes.

11/17/2010 6:18 PM  

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