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AEG and Glendale to Sign Arena Agreement

Tradition dies hard for hockey people, this year is no exception. As vacation time approaches for people with kids, arena season is ramping up fast in Glendale. The Glendale City Council will meet tonight (April 26, 2016) to approve a new arena management contract with AEG. The agreement will be unanimously approved despite hauntingly familiar terms and dollar amounts written into the agreement. Five Year Out Clause In the 2013 version of Glendale arena season, a major bone of contention in the proposed arena management agreement was an "out clause" that would allow the team to relocate after five years if it accrued fifty million dollars in losses. Late in the negotiations, the city asked for the clause matching the provision that would allow the city to, at their discretion, terminate the agreement with the Coyotes. That insistence nearly cost the city the deal with the Coyotes but, in the end, it was eliminated from the final agreement. Now, the new agreement with AEG … [Read More...]

Flake

If The Mouth Is Moving

If you haven't seen the American version of "House of Cards" on Netflix, you should find a way to check it out. The parallels to real world US politics are chilling and it's highly entertaining. Watch a couple episodes and you'll be convinced that deception is the true art of politics. If a politician's mouth is moving... It's The Truth, So What's Your Problem? The upcoming gridlock in Washington regarding the Supreme Court nominee provides fertile ground for machinations to bolster one's points of view. For example, even before Merrick Garland was nominated by the President, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake joined his Republican brochachos in offering a February 22 public … [Read More...]

Neato

Life With a Neato Botvac Robot Vacuum

We have a Neato robot vacuum (a BotVac 75 to be precise) named Hazel, and we love her. We live in an under 2000 square foot single story home in Arizona on a dirt road with complete xeriscape (no water) landscaping. We have five kids, four of which have moved out and rarely contribute to the dirt in the house. We have two large dogs that enjoy the freedom of a large back yard and a dog door to go in and out as they wish. If you have dogs, you know that's a lot of daily ins and outs. Both of them shed hair prodigiously. We leave the windows and patio doors open as much as possible, so we get an extra coating of dust from the yard when the wind picks up and the dirt road when somebody … [Read More...]

Inconceivable

As a Matter of Fact, Facts Matter

There's a bit of misinformation floating around that should be cleared up. Coyotes and Glendale Payments The following from a local blog: The Coyotes payment of $1M bond and the city quarterly arena management payment of $3.75M are linked together and are to be paid concurrently. Neither has been paid to date. The Coyotes paid the bond increase the day after the judge ruled. The City of Glendale made their required payment on time on the first. Wrong Date and a Clearly Incorrect Statement The following from a local blog: It resulted in a City council approved Resolution 4943 New Series on May 26, 2015 making the inter-fund transfers to the Enterprise Funds … [Read More...]

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AEG and Glendale to Sign Arena Agreement

Tradition dies hard for hockey people, this year is no exception. As vacation time approaches for people with kids, arena season is ramping up fast in Glendale. The Glendale City Council will meet tonight (April 26, 2016) to approve a new arena management contract with AEG. The agreement will be unanimously approved despite hauntingly familiar terms and dollar amounts written into the agreement. Five Year Out Clause In the 2013 version of Glendale arena season, a major bone of contention in the proposed arena management agreement was an "out clause" that would allow the team to relocate after five years if it accrued fifty million dollars in losses. Late in the negotiations, the … [Read More...]

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Westgate Parking Garage

There are plans afoot for Glendale to build a $46 million Westgate parking garage. Critics of the parking garage project abound, after all that's a bunch of money being spent in an area where a bunch … [Read More...]