Steve has yet to come out and give the public a definitive “yes” or “no” on whether he did or didn’t do it.
He just says the story is “bullshit” – which I interpret to mean he is unhappy that this alleged incident even became a public story.
The Wizzer of Koz is embroiled in Wizzergate.
I see Steve is characterizing this story as bullshit, but he also doesn't deny it. He just says the witnesses need to come forward before it's true.
From time to time Steve strikes me as a bit of a hypocrite – often the first to cast stones or vilify staff.
As an example, he called for Cunningham’s chief of staff, Katie Bolger, to make a public apology for her outrageous & drunken confrontation with TPD while at the same time not acknowledging his own public urination/indecency incident.
He also seemed to make TDOT staff the villains on the Broadway widening project when in fact all they were doing were following the Mayor and Council approved Major Streets and Routes Plan/Ordinance.
Steve also exhibits signs of pension envy – he seems to resent and try to find fault with the City’s well-run TSRS (probably because he is unhappy with the much less solvent retirement system he is enrolled in).
It is highly doubtful that Steve will have the political courage to go head to head with the City’s public safety unions over the City’s real pension system and budget culprit – that being the unsustainable City contribution obligations to the excessively lucrative Public Safety Retirement System (PSRS); a State-run pension system exclusively for public safety personnel, which includes those at the City of Tucson, to which the City must contribute tens of millions of dollars annually.
The PSRS is an entirely different pension system than the much more sustainable, conservative and far less lucrative civilian pension system that the rest of the City’s civilian employees are enrolled in.
I know, I know, the City’s public safety personnel are different - they risk life and limb 24/7/365 so, since they apparently do walk on water, their retirement plan benefits should be much more lucrative than the rest of the City’s lowly civilian employees, even if it means putting the City’s entire financial sustainability at risk.
I take great comfort in knowing that the likes of Tamietti [the male TFD captain that was constantly trying to mount & hump (from the ADS article) a male subordinate at their fire station – see ADS article http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-p…] and the likes of Lopez (the female TPD lieutenant that was making adult videos in the TPD locker room and then circulating them to other officers – see ADS article http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/poli… ) will be the recipients of these overly generous retirement benefits.
It will be interesting to watch how Steve, who has been spouting off about fixing the City’s pension problem (and who has also been pandering to the public safety unions) deal with the true pension culprit – the PSRS. I expect he will just shrivel up and kick the can down the road.
Glad the Weekly had the back-bone to run this story - the Star ran from it.
This was absolutely shameful conduct by a public official. And for Katie to think she could use her cheesy little “chief of staff” title to escape the charges is absolutely pathetic – and in violation of the City’s Code of Conduct rules (she should be dismissed).
What a witch – although I hear she’s been like that since that house fell on her sister.
With all the boozing going on at Ward 2, I guess they’ll have to outfit yet another Ward 2 City vehicle with a breathalyzer-ignition-lock, right Paul?
In Katie’s case, can you outfit a broom with a breathalyzer-ignition-lock?
The City, and in particular Ward 2, will continue to regress as long as the likes of Cunningham and Bolger are “serving” in any capacity.
Katie, hop on that broom of yours and fly out of town – and take that worthless Cunningham with you.
Good information. Thank you.
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