Current Verbosity

Autostadt Automated Parking Garage Towers

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 of money has already been spent. Many of the critics aren't aware of or choose to ignore the history of the area and the blown chance to have a $25 million parking garage already in place. History Repeats Itself The project represents yet another large expenditure for sports related expenses in a city that's rapidly becoming an international laughingstock for an extended series of flubs related to the tenancy of professional football, hockey, and baseball teams. Inarguably, most of the damage was done during the Beasley years with sweetheart deals struck and ratified during his tenure. What's ironic is that the City had somebody on the hook for a $25 million dollar promised parking garage at Westgate years ago. There was $25M sitting in an escrow account to build a … [Read More...]

Michael Bailey
Glendale City Attorney

Temporary Truce for Glendale Boycott

Sometimes cooler heads should prevail and take a step back from an obvious action. The obvious, and completely legitimate, reaction to the ill-advised June 9 actions of the Glendale City Council is to boycott every merchant in Glendale to hit the sales tax revenue of the city. Maybe it's premature. Grounds For Divorce On June 9, the Glendale City Council had a hastily called emergency meeting to decide whether to void the city's arena management agreement with IceArizona. The grounds cited were the actions of two former city employees accepting work with the Coyotes after working on the negotiations and eventual final deal with the team. The two employees are former City Attorney … [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...]

Hirsch_Podium

Rules Aren’t for Hirsch

You would think receiving a letter that levied a $75,000 fine against your organization would get your attention and maintain it for awhile. In the case of the chairman and treasurer of three Glendale political committees? Not so much. File The Reports Independent expenditure (IE) and political action committees (PAC) must file campaign finance reports for every period they are active. Often, this filing will be a "no activity" report, yet it still must be filed. Once the reports are filed with the Glendale City Clerk's office, they are made public on the city website. Click here for the current page. There are 32 PACs and IEs listed on the page. 10 of those did not file any … [Read More...]

Older Verbosity

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 … [Read More...]