Mayor Jonathan Rothschild released a progress report today on his 180 day work plan. He’s touting accomplishments like appointing a small business advocate and streamlining regulatory and permitting processes.
In case you are wondering what is going on with Rothschild’s opponent from the last election, he just got booted from the Rio Nuevo board.
The Star’s headline said that Rick Grinnell was “forced out,” which makes the whole process sound a lot more dramatic than it actually was. It wasn’t a flashy Coup d’Etat; it was handled in a letter from the president of the state senate.
Under Grinnell and the now ex-chair Jodi Bain, the Rio Nuevo board seemed to think their charge was to sue the city. Given that they didn’t have any power to sell bonds, it is hard to see how the board could have done anything on their own. Of course, declaring war on the one entity they could have gone in on a bond package with didn’t help.
I’m waiting for the conspiracy theory that somehow leftists in city government arranged for this. The thing to keep in mind is that this was done by Senate President Steve Pierce. It makes me wonder if he’s embarrassed by the whole enterprise too.
Rumors of replacements are Fletcher McCusker and Chris Sheafe. I work with Sheafe on the Bond committee. He’s a solid “Chamber of Commerce” Republican (no, I don’t know if he is actually a member). I am not a fan of his politics, but I remember his being particularly frustrated about the Rio Nuevo board-style antics that Marana has engaged in lately.