Is it 180 days already?

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.

6 thoughts on “Is it 180 days already?

  1. The changes on the Rio Nuevo Board are a big win for Rothschild and Kozachik. maybe now the RN board will put their efforts into downtown redevelopment (their ostensible responsibility) instead of constant grand-standing in an effort to discredit the City of Tucson, its professional staff and elected leaders. It is critical to regional economic well-being for redevelopment to succeed, and progress is being made.

  2. I didn’t even know that there were any chamber of commerce Republicans left.

  3. Sounds like you are ok with hiding the truth and stealing taxpayer money… Shame on you!

  4. Tucson used to said yes ……..To opportunities. Yes………To new jobs. Yes………..To new high quality development. Yes……….To bold new plans that create jobs and wealth.

    We can recall when our city council understood democrat John Kennedy’s axiom that a rising tide raises all boats. When we were saying YES it worked here. Lots of business owners made a lot of money and so did all of their employees. Tucson believed in the 5 C’s—COPPER, COTTON, CATTLE, CITRUS and CLIMATE. As a result the car dealers, the hotels, newspapers, builders , retailers were all flush. Employees saw personal assets rising as well as their income. Tucson’s institutions were being built and whether it was the symphony, spring baseball, professional golf tournaments or a new skyscraper. Tucson had arrived and all of us were ecstatic about our town’s bright future. Not so these days.

    The first act the new city council voted on last December declared a climate emergency to create a green and sustainable city authority controlled under UN Agenda 21. But the city cannot multi task. It does not fix the roads–they blame others. And the street medians are still filled with weeds.Public safety still in peril. The council oppose good jobs today the same way they chased out Motorola and ended the Butterfield Cross-town Freeway.

    I am not deliberately trying to be critical. We desire constructive progress–not promises. NOW is the time to finally say YES again.

    Yes to making Tucson a safe place. Yes to developing all our resources. Yes to new jobs under the 5 C’s. Yes to beautifying the city. Yes to creating opportunity.

    Yes we can do better and we must but our future all starts with YES.

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