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TACOMA: Questions about Cheney Stadium deal

Letter by Michael P. Price, Tacoma on March 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm with 2 Comments »
March 22, 2011 3:23 pm

Re: “Something shady about the stadium” (Peter Callaghan column, 3-22).

The issue of the stadium roof (or lack of one) raises many questions.

• When does “avoiding transparency” become “knowing collusion”?

• When does “after the city’s own documents prove that it was a requirement, city officials continue to assert that it wasn’t” become lying to avoid admitting guilt?

• When does “and was done for the regular fan” become an out-and-out prevarication?

• When does “city representatives had an interest in keeping the Pacific Coast League financially viable and in town” become a poor excuse for not “speaking for taxpayers and regular fans”?

• If Tacoma taxpayers are on the hook for the cost, when did they vote to pay these taxes?
(They may have, but I don’t remember the vote, if there was one.)

Gloria Fortson lost her city job for giving her client about $1,000 for van rental, while this deliberate manipulation of the bidding process gave the “successful” bidder many times as much ill-gotten gain, and likely no one will receive punishment at all.

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  1. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    As sad as this little episode is, it was predictable.

    This is the way business is often conducted in private practice. Private businesses can make decisions like this on a whim because they are private, but public agencies cannot because they are required to be open and transparent. It often times even leads to better decisions.

    The requirement for openness, transparency, and process makes public agencies slower, more expensive, and less agile – which makes them particularly ill-suited for private practice activities such as building a baseball park.

    The pertinent question is not whether the city broke the rules, but rather why any city uses public money to build a baseball park for a private corporation?

    Oh, silly me. We’re not supposed to ask those kinds of questions.

  2. PumainTacoma says:

    Mike have you picked up the phone lately and called letter writers about how TACOMA contractors got BIG PAY OFFS in PROPERTY TAXES while Madsen was in office??? Where do you stand on contractors getting the PIE sliced smaller for them versus regular homeowners…

    Tacoma hands out money like candy and gives numerous contracts to friends, family, acquitances, non-profit hacks in town claiming to be non-profit while buying up condominiums on paper… numerous fake shell companies doing business SUPPOSEDLY for the city…

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