Goodyear’s New $8.1 Million Video Board


Did you see where Glendale’s football stadium is getting new video boards? They will be bigger than the ones that are there now (which even I can see perfectly well from our seats near heaven) and will cost $11 million.

Guess who is paying $8 million of the $11 million?

GOODYEAR!

Why Goodyear you might ask? Because:
1. the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority is paying that $8.1 mil.
2. The AZSTA owes Goodyear MUCH more than $8 mil to reimburse us for the ill fated Goodyear stadium.
3. AZSTA has NO INTENTION of ever making good on paying back Goodyear for the stadium like they promised.

So why don’t GEOrgia and her cronies the other seven dwarfs on GY city council sue the AZSTA to get our money instead of letting AZSTA spend it elsewhere?
Well, that is just not how crony pols like GEOrgia and the dwarfs do things. Crony pols watch each others’ backs and don’t rock the boat. Instead, they rather sock it to taxpayers and hire more economic development managers. That is how they get re-elected and continue to have the Bidwells donate to GEOrgia’s campaigns.
And also because most of you don’t bother to vote.
THAT is how it works around here.
Have a nice summer, Goodyear.

There is supposed to be an election for 3 GY council members in November if GY and the AZ League of Cities doesn’t prevent it. Anyone besides the incumbent hacks going to run? Anyone besides the hacks and their minions going to vote?

$36,000 Parade Motorcycles


I’m not kidding. From a recent article in the Arizona Republic.

THIRTY SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH for GYPD motorcycles.
More than I think I’ve ever paid for a car; and I think I’m pretty well off.

Can you imagine how some young couple living in Goodyear would feel reading this with a couple of kids, paying property taxes, one working in some service job, the other part time at Walmart, trying to make ends meet on maybe a combined $65,000 annual paycheck? And Goodyear is out buying $36,000 motorcycles. And one is a spare.

In this broke town of Goodyear, your city council approved the purchase of five new motorcycles, and one is a spare to be used part time for “training” and PARADES.

They are thumbing their nose at you, taxpayers, all the while raising your taxes in 5% plus increments for years to come.

Double Dip Stipp, Lawyer Lauritano, and Deer in the Headlights Osborne are up for re-election in November (if it happens).

Will anyone even run against them?

Or are you going to elect them all again?

Indians’ Attendance Down


Back in 2011 I did the math showing that Goodyear taxpayers were paying Indians and Reds fans about $100 EACH to watch baseball in GY. Here is the article.
Forward to 2014. The new attendance figures are out. Now GY is up to only 4500 fans per game from 4000.

But Goodyear keeps increasing their operating costs, hiring people, adding a new stadium manager, having giveaways, etc. doing what GY does best, spend money.
It’s not working. Indians per game attendance was DOWN over last year.
GEOrgia, Lyin’ Joe, The Dog Ate My Homework Wally, Deer in the Headlights Osborne, and Double Dip Stipp keep doing a great job for you Taxpayers.
Stipp, Osborne, and Lauritano are up for re-election in November. But so far no info on the GY website for candidates. Maybe that’s because GY is hoping the League of Cities and others (like GY) who oppose the new November local election law are hoping they win their lawsuit to stop the law and not have to hold it.
And just keep spending your money.
You elected them.

The Mall, Pizzillo, Macerich Reply


This article and a few others I have written recently about Joe Pizzillo’s statements about the mall are NOT about the mall. They are about DISHONESTY in your LOCAL GOVERNMENT, the city of Goodyear, AZ.

Here is what Goodyear Vice Mayor Joe Pizzillo said in an interview with Viva Magazine a few weeks ago:

“I was just at a meeting where the developer assured us that the mall would open by the end of 2016.”

As soon as I read it, I realized it could not be true, so I sent a message to Macerich, who is the “developer” of the mall Joe claims has assured him will open by end of 2016.

WITHIN 24 HOURS I HAD THE FOLLOWING REPLY FROM MACERICH:

Dear Mr. Brodbeck,
As stated on page 31 of our Supplemental Financial Information package filed on February 4, 2014,  available in the investing section of our website located at www.macerich.com, we plan to develop the mall in Goodyear with an opening in either 2016 or 2017.  We have been very clear in our communication that this opening date is contingent upon market demand and retailer interest. We have not had a meeting, nor conversation, with Vice Mayor Pizzillo as described. (emphasis mine).
Sincerely,
Jean Wood | Vice President – Investor Relations
The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC)
401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401
p. 310.899.6366
jean.wood@Macerich.com

Pizzillo is still not forthcoming with any answers.

This is not the first evidence of lying and misleading by Goodyear city council. GEOrgia got caught with the prison debacle, Wally told us “the dog ate her homework”, and Stipp, well, you know about Stipp and his refusal of a medical exam (no post accident exam would have never been allowed  in a business) for an on the job accident which many years later allows him (improperly, in my opinion) to collect a disability pension while still in his forties.

And unfortunately, we have a local press* who continues to keep reporting the lies these people foist on the public without challenging them. Especially the West Valley View who endlessly, and without question publishes their drivel.

There are only a few major issues in Goodyear**. The mall is one of them. Do you really think all of them (the seven dwarfs on GY city council) don’t know what I was able to obtain in 24 hours about a $40 plus million dollar mistake they’ve made and continue to mismanage?

So where were Lauritano, Osborne, Hohlman, Wally, GEOrgia, and Stipp while Joe was out there misleading the public?

* I don’t mean to criticize VIVA. They are a small community info mag.  At least they asked the question.

** GY’s big issues are, in no particular order:

  1. Money losing ball park and it’s debt which will never be paid off.
  2. The mall
  3. The ridiculous Mobile annexation.
  4. Misspending by an out of control economic development organization which alone spends near $1 mil per year.
  5. The $12 million dollar building which was appraised at $8 mil. There is more to that somewhere.
  6. The fact that the seven person city council is made up of two former city employees, two PC seniors and a super volunteer who appear to not understand most of what is put in front of them, the former head of the local chamber of commerce, and a lawyer who may be so busy with growing her small business that she is allowing this stuff to continue to happen.

Blind Loon Behavior


If you came here looking for the Joe Pizzillo reply, see the previous article, just scroll down.

Joe Pizzillo has still not answered my questions about his comments about the mall opening by end of 2016, but the normal city-council-supporters acting like blind loons are out in force calling me names on my blog and telling me that “all this info was in the West Valley View”.

Bobbie Watts, big GEOrgia supporter sent this 225 word comment (Bobbie Watts comment) to my previous article about Pizzillo ducking my questions. (and some guy who calls himself Jimmy T. another named Suzie Q. responded. I guess those are their real names, eh?).

Bobbie summarizes some “Valley Partnership” meeting that took place last November, mentions a bunch of official sounding people who attended, and then claims that “all of this was in the West Valley View Nov 22.”

That’s pretty funny.

Because the WVV article Bobbie refers to is merely quotes by GEOrgia Lord, some consulting firm from Texas (who we taxpayers probably paid for) and GY city manager Brian Dalke. By the way, here is the West Valley View article he refers to if you don’t believe me. Goodyear mall on track to open October 2016

Oh yeah, and notice the last line of the WVV article. “Garrett Newland, vice president of the mall’s developer, Macerich, could not be reached for additional questions.”

So if Bobbie is now the official spokesperson for Joe Pizzillo, since it appears Joe does not want to say anything further (I called his office and left a third message today) Bobbie is using city of Goodyear statements to confirm Joe’s claims.

Are they simply overzealous or do they have serious reading comprehension issues?

Here are the very simple questions: Who from the developer assured Joe Pizzillo at a meeting that the mall would open by 2016?  What meeting, and when did it take place?

I’m still waiting, Joe.

The Mall, Pizzillo, Part Two Pizzillo Reply AND a Poll


It’s looking bad for our pal Goodyear Vice Mayor Joe Pizzillo regarding his statements about the mall in Viva magazine (see howardsgoodyearblog about 3 articles ago).

I’ve been chasing Joe several days now trying to get an answer to three simple questions:

  1. Who at the “developer” assured Joe that the mall would be open by 2016?
  2. What meeting was it where the developer told Joe and others that?
  3. When did that meeting take place?

Joe finally sent me a short email that raises more questions than it answers. Joe’s email is reproduced below. But you can see that Goodyear’s Vice Mayor, Joe Pizzillo is backtracking already. It appears that Joe is now saying Joe was NOT at the meeting but some vague STAFF was at the meeting. And he has NO documentation of the meeting. You’ll notice he also is unwilling to say what meeting it was or where or when it took place.

Uh, oh.

By the way, you can vote on whether or not you think Joe was lying about the mall or not.  The first poll was highly in Joe’s favor.  Guess he’s got his supporters out in number which means he certainly knows I’m looking for some answers from him. The NEW poll is at the bottom of this article.

I’m not finished with this yet.
Stay tuned….

email reply from Pizzillo

Joe Pizzillo

Feb 27 (4 days ago)

to me

Hello Howard:
It was not a city event or meeting, but a Valley Partnership event attended by staff and therefore I do not have documentation to respond to your records request.
Joe

GY Parade Motorcycles $36,000 Each


I’m not kidding.  From a recent article in the Arizona Republic.

THIRTY SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH for GYPD motorcycles.
More than I think I’ve ever paid for a car; and I think I’m pretty well off.

Can you imagine how some young couple living in Goodyear would feel reading this with a couple of kids, paying property taxes, one working in some service job, the other part time at Walmart, trying to make ends meet on maybe a combined $65,000 annual paycheck?  And Goodyear is out buying $36,000 motorcycles. And one is a spare.

In this broke town of Goodyear, your city council approved the purchase of five new motorcycles, and one is a spare to be used part time for “training” and PARADES.

They are thumbing their nose at you, taxpayers, all the while raising your taxes in 5% plus increments for years to come.

Double Dip Stipp, Lawyer Lauritano, and Deer in the Headlights Osborne are up for re-election in November (if it happens).

Will anyone even run against them?

Or are you going to elect them all again?

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