Let’s Pass the Hat to Finish Rio Nuevo Gardens

The genius think-tank that is the Tucson City Council outdoes themselves again.  After they blew through millions of taxpayer dollars to fund Rio Nuevo and left us with nothing but a big hole in the ground, Mayor Bob and the seven dwarfs (I put Mike Letcher in there) have come up with a great idea to get something, anything, happening downtown.

The city of Tucson will pass the hat, hoping to rake in as much as $1 million in private donations, to help finish Rio Nuevo’s Mission Gardens — the centerpiece of what voters approved 10 years ago.

This Wednesday marked the beginning of Operation Sucker Tucson.  It started with the city council actually agreeing on something but it doesn’t actually start yet.

Wednesday’s unanimous council vote directs contributions to go to a citizens group called Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace. However, the group cannot yet collect donations because it doesn’t have tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

No telling how long that will take and a call the the city council revealed that they of course didn’t know how long it was going to take the IRS to put their stamp of approval on it.  Hopefully it will take less than the 10 years it took the city council to agree that it was time to start planning to move forward and begin the process of getting started and moving forward.

Operation Sucker Tucson continues:

The donations would go only to finish the Mission Gardens, not the entire Tucson Origins Heritage Park, which was to include the re-creation of Tucson’s birthplace including the Mission San Agustín and its convention, granary and Carrillo House, for which the city spent $9 million on design and plans.

People get suckered out of their hard earned money every day.  You can watch on television as they tell their sad tale, which will always include the recently-swindled moaning, “But he seemed like such a nice guy!“.  Well of course he was a nice guy.  If he wasn’t a nice guy, you never would have given him the money.

Bernie Madoff seemed like a nice guy too.  And he bled people out of billions.  I find it absurd that anyone would would give money to a man who’s last name is MADE OFF.  That should have been a clue for any potential “investor”.

By now, the residents of Tucson should be well aware of the modus operandi of the Tucson City Council.  Don’t start sobbing if when you hoodwinked this time.

via azstarnet.


Comments

  1. Veritas Vincit says

    Tucson suffers from a Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) that it appears to have acquired sometime after the mid-1980s.

    Consider that Tucson can achieve very little in any development direction which requires unity of thought and vision.

    The Downtown B.I.D. is a prime example of Tucson’s D.I.D. illness.

  2. From Bill, on my site:

    I must admit I am confused. Is our City Council Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ocean’s Eleven, or The Stin? No no no, it must be Catch Me If You Can. No wait, it’s Matchstick Man. Darn, I’ve got it now, IT’S THE GRIFTERS.

  3. Here is what this city council has brought to Tucson – lowered credit ratings.

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    Tucson, AZ GO Rating, SPUR Lowered To ‘AA-’ On Structurally Imbalanced Budgets

    Primary Credit Analyst:
    Matthew Reining, San Francisco (1) 415-371-5044;
    matthew_reining@standardandpoors.com

    Secondary Credit Analyst:
    Paul Dyson, San Francisco (1) 415-371-5079;
    paul_dyson@standardandpoors.com

    Publication date: 15-May-2009
    Reprinted from RatingsDirect

    SAN FRANCISCO (Standard & Poor’s) May 15, 2009–Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its general obligation (GO) rating and underlying rating (SPUR) to ‘AA-’ from ‘AA’ on Tucson, Ariz.’s outstanding bonds. Standard & Poor’s also lowered its SPUR to ‘A+’ from ‘AA-’ on the city’s outstanding certificates of participation (COPs). Standard & Poor’s also assigned its ‘A+’ rating to the city’s series 2009 COPs and series 2009 refunding COPs. The lowered ratings are based on our view of the city’s structurally imbalanced budgets and reduction of its fund balance. Tucson, with a population of 544,000, is the seat of Pima County.

  4. Dear Gem Show: Our actions speak louder than words

    “We’ll do whatever it takes to protect (the Gem show),” Walkup said. “if we have to reprioritize projects, we will do that.”
    http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/related/110465

    “We do not want to lose it and under my watch I’m going to be doing whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Glassman said
    http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=11270605

    Walkup said the gem show has an annual exit interview with city officials in which they bring up perceived deficiencies in Tucson.
    http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/biz-topheadlines/280808

    I think it’s important that when the gem show comes to town, they see we are following through on our commitment,” Trasoff said.
    http://www.hotel-online.com/News/2009_Oct_07/k.AZC.1254936968.html

    2005 Gem Show came and went. During the next fiscal year Rio Nuevo spent $12.3 million on everything except renovating the Convention Center or a hotel. Major expenditures included:
    $6 million for the Fox Theatre (a truly wonderful venue but a financial disaster)
    $1.3 million for Presidio & Heritage Park.

    2006 Gem Show came and went. During the next fiscal year Rio Nuevo spent $16.7 million on everything except renovating the Convention Center or a hotel. Major expenditures included:
    $4 million for Mercado Avenue
    $3 million for Mission Site/Origins Park
    $1.5 million for the Mission Landfill
    $1.2 million for Presidio & Heritage Park.
    I don’t remember the Gem Show asking for any of these projects. These must have been higher priority than the gem Show.

    2007 Gem Show came and went. During the next fiscal year Rio Nuevo spent $33.2 million on everything except renovating the Convention Center or a hotel. Major expenditures included:
    $11 million for Mission Site/Origins Park
    $9 million for I-10 underpass
    $5.5 million for the Science Center
    So far we have spent $18 million on the Mission Site/Origins Park; I am sure this will be magnificent. Unfortunately, this project is not likely to help keep the Gem Show, nor does it generate revenue.

    2008 Gem Show came and went. During the next fiscal year through May 2009, Rio Nuevo spent $28.6 million on everything except renovating the Convention Center or a hotel. No wait, Rio Nuevo spent $553,000 on planning for the hotel. Major expenditures included:
    $8 million for downtown infrastructure
    $5 million for depot parking garage
    $2 million on Mission Site/Origins Park
    $1.4 million on AZ History Museum
    $1.3 million on Mission Gardens
    To be fair, infrastructure and parking can help the Gem Show. But, still no renovation of the Convention Center or anything of significant interest to the Gem Show.

    This City Council has sent a very clear message to the Gem Show: Rio Nuevo has spent $118 million on all sorts of things, but nothing that indicates your show is of value to our community.

    Expenditure data taken from “Rio Nuevo Flow of Funds”
    http://www.tucsonaz.gov/rionuevo/docs/RNExpenses.pdf

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