Thanks again to you Steve Kozachik. I believe you are one of the most articulate and pragmatic members of the Tucson City Council. I live in Pima County, but I'd vote for you in any election for which I had the opportunity.
Wow! Somehow the estimated 400 jobs that Rosemont has "projected" has turned into 2000+ direct and indirect jobs! If this is one of the facts written here, then one has to question the worthiness of the entire commentary.
Who is this writer? TW should identify it's guest commentators by their group affiliation, if one exists. I'm sure in this case one does.
Get out of the city limits and ask people who live near the Santa Rita Mountains how they feel about the prospect of their ground water being poisoned. Their beloved mountains being destroyed, not just on the east side, but on the west, facing Green Valley as they have hinted.
Talk to the environmentalists, and just the people who care about the environment (you know, the people you despise) about having endangered species, which live only in that ecosystem, extinguished.
Talk to the people who DO have jobs already in the area, in the tourism field, who will lose them. The same people who are seeking to develop this copper mine developed one in Italy under a different company name. They left the area in shambles. Like a hit and run accident. The community hemorrhaging.
I want to thank the Tucson City Council for not bending to the will of a big money Canadian corporation and standing up for the little guys down here who are fighting the good fight to save our water, our air, our ecosystems, our roads, our property values, our economy (we depend on tourism and snowbirds) and our mountains.
Sounds like someone isn't getting their fair share of the graft/bribes.
Actually it is called "listening to your constituency" or "democracy". It isn't only "single-issue" GLBT community members that don't want to see Tucson overrun with hundreds of little Pat Robertsons. Tucson is a friendly and diverse city, due in some small part to a progressive city council, and most of us want to keep it that way.
There so many empty or under-utilized land sites that the religious university can use. What is wrong with the East-side of town? Why deprive the people in west Tucson of a recreational park?
Predictable clap trap from the chamber of commerce.
How long's this guy been in Tucson anyway?
This mess started with the annual tiresome chatter about golf in Tucson. El Rio is a nice course, apparently, for the few thousand people who actually use golf courses. There's one way to make it the most used course in the community: Close Randolph Golf Course and let the city have a Central Park equivalent to New York City's. Golfers have cars and there is no need to waste that enormous amount of park land for the whims of a few thousand (I figure no more than 5000 golfers in a year) who can easily go elsewhere. And notice the long advance application for ramada space. The city needs that golf course for picnics.
It was an executive session item, so no public discussion could take place. It was placed before the deadline for agenda items by Rothschild. Fimbres and Kozachik voted no, it wasn't unanimous. If people paid attention, the mentioned negotiations, which means more likely an offer was made - which would be a term sheet. By whom is the question? When was it made? Who discussed this and when? I hope when the public records are revealed, it will show the fraud and waste involved, as well as the deception by those on the City Council who voted for this.
What exactly are Mayor Rothchild and Regina Romero hiding? We already know they have been dealing with this issue for one year. Romero admitted this much to the AZ Daily Star. Why the secrecy? Why not release these public records and let the voters, the taxpayers of Tucson decide if our elected officials are serving our interests of if they need to be removed from office? Very simple math here folks. We want to review the public records, that's all. What is the City Council hiding?
It should be concerning to all constituents within city limits that the Mayor and Council operated regarding this plan in a manner that usurps the tenets of democracy: it was driven by mostly one person (that we know of), it trampled on community input, it was false and misleading (some golf courses being preferred), it tried to pit groups against others (lip service to community cohesion), it patently continues to falsely state that GCU will bring many jobs to our sector (they bring in their own people), and no mention that there is an attempt at the State Legislature that GCU will get a tax-exempt status while slurping up all kinds of city services that we have to absorb. It is further insultive that the very site offered up for sacrifice is the very symbol of what makes Tucson the dynamic community that it is: a strong, proud collective of leaders who stand up for what is right, and that is what the Baldenegros are all about! It was extremely disrespectful of Romero and others to treat as expendable a community that is strongly Mexican American.
Sal and his wonderful family have been around Tucson for a long time. They are well respected in our community and beyond. I can say the same for Raul and Regina; Jonathan wants to improve our city but was wrong in this case. @ Steve, you need to show a little bit of respect for your elders or weren't you taught that as a child? We all know that politicians are human and make mistakes, as we sometimes do our selves. Maybe we can find another location for the GCU campus that's acceptable to them. This shouldn't be a dead issue for the City of Tucson and as a "Progressive" lot we need to do not only what is right but also what needs to be done.
What does this have to do with Raul Grijalva? He's too busy getting drunk right now and so he's chosen not to be a part of this issue. We are asking for public records from the City of Tucson, as City residents and taxpayers. That is the issue here.
I thought that the El Rio for the People movement fought to create a community center. I did not know they also fought to maintain the golf course??? Let's face it, the author and his father will always hate Regina and anyone even closely associated with Raul Grijalva.
Why not release those records detailing the relationship between TREO and the City of Tucson?
Closed door, "self-appointed clique" decision-making style politics and politicians have got to go!
Does Salomón think if you assert something passionately enough, you don't need to provide evidence?
Among the many claims being made here is this whopper: "Grand Canyon University, via TREO (Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc.), was a vehicle to destroy El Rio and its historical memory and the political activism it represents.
If this sinister speculation were really so, the situation would be a genuine scandal. And I don't doubt that Mr. Baldenegro really believes it. There are probably dozens of people on the west side that imagine similarly sinister forces behind the recent El Rio proposal. But if he's intent on persuading a crowd larger than his circle of friends, he's going to need to put some evidence behind his claims.
How does Salomón know "Romero got one person to attack El Rio golfers at a City Council meeting...?" Because he states this as a fact. He says "the real agenda" behind the GCU proposal "is to do to the westside what was done to the downtown barrios in the 1960s." If he's so confident about this theory, where are the facts to support it? (Lemme guess, the Big Bad City of Tucson is hiding them all?)
And who, anyway, appointed Salomón spokesman of the "West Side?" Last I checked, thousands of people live on the west side. Most of those who voted in the last election, voted for Mayor Rothschild and Council Member Romero. And most probably would be happy to again.
So this golf course must be maintained in perpetuity as a symbol of a political movement? Ludicrous
Excellent light shed on this debacle. I can't wait to see what is revealed when the public records are released. Karen has truely been a disappointment. Thank you Richard and Steve, who by the way, are privy to much of the "hidden" agenda voted against what is turning out to be political suicide for the Ward 1 office and Mayor.
another example of the people that represent us NOT representing us and not even knowing the "heart" of the city.
Sal Baldenegro articulates well the important historical perspective of why the fight to save over 100 acres of public green space is so important. The Mayor put the sale of El Rio on the agenda on Monday for the council to vote on Tuesday, hoping to rush this deal through before the public knew what was happening, but the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association and concerned citizens like Sal, the golfers, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and about a dozen other neighborhood association residents rose up and killed this bad deal. We must make sure that our public land is taken off the auction block for good. Now the question is: what is the city trying to hide by refusing to release public documents?
I'll accept that dare. Amen.
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