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Re: “Creature Feature

The Shape of Water is one of the best films I've seen in my 80 years, but Bob, you missed the sheer humanity of it. Besides Water-man (more fish than amphibian, with gills), the cast is led by a mute working class Latina and an African American woman, a (probably) gay artist, and a Red spy -- all, with Water-man, examples of The Other, the lesser beings, the deplorables. Marginalized, powerless, subject to the life and death whims of white men with power, whether Russian or American. What stirred me most was how the unity of those marginalized folks overcame the power of the oppressors. The Shape of Water is a truly subversive and quite wonderful film, and one I will see again. I thought Frances McDormand had a lock on awards for Three Billboards, but Sally Hawkins' wordless amazing performance, I suspect, blows away any competition.

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Posted by AVL on 01/05/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Trial Balloon

So they celebrated with a big blast -- and are keeping the details secret. Hope the fireball didn't hurt anyone. Fireball -- what fireball? The one captured on video that World View/Pima County doesn't want you to see. Check out the Arizona Daily Independent news site to see it.

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Posted by AVL on 12/21/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Actually, retrorv, I took it from Huckelberry's memo, not Supervisor Miller's website. It seems they agree on the amount, just not what was done with it. Check it for yourself on the Pima County website.

If the Board of Supervisors is the County Administrator's employer, and it is, how does the employee get to trash one of his employers with such impunity? I was a union rep for 21 years and could never have won such a clear-cut case of gross insubordination. Even with the active help of Mr. Nintzel.

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Posted by AVL on 11/17/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “The Skinny

If we're going to cherry-pick from Supervisor Miller's list, I'll go with the Downtown Court Complex. Bonds were approved in the amount of $76 million, but an additional $61, 872, 366 was spent. Neither the County Administrator, nor The Skinny, tells us where that money came from. Huckelberry admits to $16 million General Fund money spent and offers rather weak reasons why it "had" to be, ignoring a lot of possible alternatives. Sorry if I'm confusing anyone with the facts.

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Posted by AVL on 11/16/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “The Skinny

In what rational world does an employee -- the county administrator -- get to trash his employer -- a member of the Board of Supervisors -- not only with impunity, but with the active support of a supposedly free press? I was a union rep for 21 years and don't know what kind of defense I could possibly have made for such blatant and arrogant insubordination.

For the record -- the road bonds went down to defeat in part because Huckelberry put the Sonoran Corridor in it -- $30 million to plan a road that 1) provides a free access highway to Don Diamond's planned Swan Southlands development, and 2) hooks up with Huckelberry's hoped-for Interstate 11 through the Avra Valley, destroying a peaceful way of life for thousands of people.

But, in the mad mad mad world of Pima County, the will of the voters counts for nought and the Sonoran Corridor goes forward Huckelberry-de-buck. No matter that county policy, BOS Resolution 2007-343, prohibits such an "auxiliary interstate."

I'm not in Ally Miller's district, and I don't agree with a lot of her politics, but I'm glad she is there to call the CA on his bullshit, and on yours.

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Posted by AVL on 10/26/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

Our tax dollars at work! Now Tucson has a true competitor to The Thing out east on I-10, although in terms of weirdness it will still have to compete with the Pima County Board of Soup Advisors.

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Posted by AVL on 06/22/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “The Skinny

No reasonable person would argue that the stratosphere will, in the near future, replace Disneyland as a vacation destination for middle-class familiesproviding affordable recreational opportunities for county residents, wrote Regina Nassen, a deputy county attorney, in an April letter to a Goldwater lawyer about World View.

At $75,000 a pop? Seems Pima County officials are lost in space.

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Posted by AVL on 02/09/2017 at 7:06 AM

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