When did you first learn about the potential expansion of the Perryville prison and what did you do about it from the time you learned about it until the August 10 public meeting?


Are you thinking about going to Georgia’s public meeting about the prison on Monday night? If you are you’re wasting your time.  Everything that is going to be done has been done and you are just going to be participants in a John Fischbach orchestrated Georgia Lord directed city council puppet show with you as one of the characters.

Goodyear city council may be incompetent, but they are also politicians with politician sized egos.  They’ve gotten an earful from Goodyear residents since none of them showed up at last week’s public hearing on the prison so here is the resolution that they have already drafted and is on Monday night’s “council meeting for show” agenda;

ADOPT RESOLUTION # 11-1444 OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GOODYEAR, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, OPPOSING THE EXPANSION OF PRISON BEDS AT ASPC-PERRYVILLE; AUTHORIZING CITY MANAGER OR HIS DESIGNEE TO TAKE ALL ACTIONS AND TO EXECUTE ALL DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE INTENT OF THE RESOLUTION; AND ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Here is a link to it;  http://goodyear.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=137578&view=&showpdf=1  It reads a lot like Bobbie Watts’ Friday WVV letter to the editor (reproduced below) doesn’t it?  By some accounts, Watts was Georgia’s campaign manager.
This resolution will be passed unanimously after much fanfare and beating of the chest by each council member to let every one present know that they are “listening” to you and that they can “assure” you that they have your best interests at heart.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Do you really think no one in planning and zoning knew the prison was coming?  Do you really think the mayor was not fully aware of this prior to the August 10 public meeting?  Do you really believe Stipp when he says he can’t comment because it is against the law? Do you really believe Georgia when she tells you she didn’t attend the meeting because she didn’t want to “intimidate” you? Georgia thrives on intimidating people.

Well if you believe any of that, then just read the following letter to the editor from yesterday’s West Valley View from Bobbie Watts, a Pebble Creek resident, a close associate of Georgia Lord, and a major private contributor to Georgia’s re-election efforts (Watts and his wife both contributed to Georgia’s most recent campaign a total of $500.00);

Some facts about the prison
Editor:
The AZ Legislature approved the addition of 5,000 private prison beds in 2009. An RFP was issued in Feb. 2010 but was cancelled in Sep 2010 due to the Kingman escape from a MTC operated prison. A strengthened RFP for 5000 Medium/Minimum Male Inmate Beds was issued Oct. 1, 2010. Five companies responded: Emerald Correctional Management proposed 1000 beds in Globe. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) proposed 1500 and 3000 beds in Eloy. GEO Group proposed 2000 and 3000 beds in Yuma and 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 in Perryville. (Only Perryville Bid). LaSalle Correctional Management proposed 1000 beds in Winslow. Management and Training Corporation, MTC, proposed 3000 beds in Yuma and 3000 or 5000 beds in Coolidge.

The RFP requires 2000 beds to be completed by April, 1, 2013 and 3,000 by April 1, 2014.

Best and final offers are due in September 16, 2011 with awards scheduled later in the year. Dept. of Corrections has wide latitude and can make multiple awards, and can accept increments of 500 beds from any competitor. There is no requirement that the new prisons be in or adjacent to current ones.

This is a large and complex procurement that is almost complete. The Perryville meeting last week was a statutory requirement and any comments made probably fell on deaf ears. This is a solo dance by Dept. of Corrections and any interference by legislators or local officials would be inappropriate and probably illegal.

I don’t believe Department will put 5000 beds in Perryville but will allocate them around the state. A possible problem is the Perryville land is owned by the State Land Department and the lease expires Sep 1, 2019, although renewal is probable.

We will though, probably see some expansion at Perryville, but not the 5000 beds many fear.

Bobbie M. Watts
Goodyear

I don’t think Bobbie Watts wrote this without some help.  Otherwise if Bobbie Watts knows this much about what has been going on since October 10 of last year when the bids were issued then don’t you think that the city of Goodyear knew or should have known what was going on and done something about it long before the public meeting took place?  The prison flap is just another example of the city of Goodyear trying to sneak another unpopular measure through while you were sleeping or gone for the summer just like they did with the property tax increase the previous  month.

Goodyear simply wants the construction sales taxes from a new prison or just about anything else that has a pulse.

Why do they need the taxes so badly to take the risk of a public outcry?  Well first of all you all elected the entire slate of incumbent, developer, city employee, public union supported council people in the last election.  They’re probably feeling that they don’t have to be that careful, kind of like the Democrat congress after Obama’s election. Second, they refuse to reduce spending, this year passing an 8% year over year spending increase while revenues are expected to fall.  Third, without new revenues, Goodyear is either going to go bankrupt in a few years when city property is further devalued and Goodyear finds it has exceeded it’s constitutional borrowing limitations, or Goodyear will have to choose to pay down some of it’s $300 million in debt with operating revenues.

As I have been saying for the past 3 years, if Goodyear has to start paying down debt with operating revenues it is going to become very, very painful for city employees and public union members and these reliable campaign supporters are not going to be very happy with city council.

So if it makes you feel better to go to the meeting to vent, go right ahead, and read my next post about council meetings since Georgia took over.  You will be just one more marionette participating in the show that has been devised to make you feel better since you were so upset at the public meeting.

But if you must go, I suggest you all select just one person to go, and have that one person ask just one question of each council member and ask them to reply while the public meeting video tape is rolling;

When did you first learn about the potential expansion of the Perryville prison and what did you do about it from the time you learned about it until the August 10 public meeting?

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9 Responses

  1. Bobbie Watts is completely infatuated by anything Georgia or Ron Lord says. If you know Bobbie you can understand why he and Anne had to donate $500 to Georgia’s campaign. That is the only way he can get their attention because if it was not for the money Georgia and Ron would not give Bobbie and Anne the time of day.

    • Bobbie created an illusion. Think 1,400 limit promised by the state legislators. Today 4,500 in Perryville prison with many unnecessary deaths, illness and medical neglect (bills and lawsuits mounting), now add 5,000 beds. That equals 10,000 beds where the prisons put two inmates in every cell built for two, or as in the case of California, stack the beds 4 high. That is the reality Bobby is failing to present. Severe water problems in Arizona and Texas should demand at the very least a building moratorium. A massive facility housing thousands of human beings is unacceptable. All this has been done behind closed doors. The public meeting was a sham with the people not realizing they had no input. If realtors and developers failed to disclose the growing police/prison state with draconian mandatory minimum sentencing then they misrepresented the area and should be sued — think “class action”.

  2. We learned of the prison expansion by reading the PC Discussion Group email. Our realtor failed to disclose the information of the prison expansion.

  3. Wake up Arizona and Goodyear! So you think you live in the next Scottsdale?

    Great article, great question and carole’s comment should be noted by one an all. Goodyear is a “prison town” and with the 5,000 additional beds, makes Arizona a “prison state”. Now who want to live in a prison town. What tourist wants to visit a prison town and risk having their license plate scanned while in a restaurant drinking and coming out facing a potential DUI in a state that has the harshest DUI laws in the nation, a state that has draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that can have a nonviolent, first offender having an accident facing a minimum of 10 years in prison, or one year in clown arpaio’s jail and be labeled a “violent felon” by the Maricopa County Attorney’s office?

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  4. I find this entire issue, like many you post, amusing. No matter what the current council does you never seem to be satisfied. Had the city manager, John Fischbach, read a letter from the mayor at the meeting it would have been spun one of two ways: the council doesn’t care enough or he is truly in charge of the city. It is very evident that you have an alternate agenda but what it is besides fear mongering I can not figure out. I’m still waiting to see if you will put up or shut up and run for council but I think we both know it is easier for you to sit on the couch and take pot shots at the council than it is to actually get involved and make a difference. I think your “journalistic integrity” took a hit by posting the “anonymous blogger” (probably you or Gary Gibbs) farce about the prison.

    The land is owned by the state and although I am sure they will put on a good show of “listening” to the public they will end up doing what they want. I am not sure how it is the Goodyear council’s fault.

    Some of the people complaining remind of Surprise and El Mirage residents who buy a home near Luke Air Force Base and complain about jet noise…you bought a home near a prison, you should have known it could increase in population.

    I am sure you will credit this citizen complaint up to a city employee, union goon or political supporter of one of the council members. However, it is just some one tired of your holier-than-thou B.S.

    • Thanks, Al, for weighing in on this.
      No, I don’t think you are a union goon or political supporter of anyone, mostly because you left your name on the comment. Most of the farcical, opinionated comments that I have received that I attribute to those you mentioned come in without a name or use able email address on them. That’s why I think I know who they are.

      Second, Gary Gibbs did NOT author the satire that was published. It was satire, Al, laugh a little.

      Third, your comment about finding fault with the city of Goodyear regarding allowing the prison. I believe that you may in fact be correct. That there is nothing the city can do besides scream at the DOC and state reps about it. Let me point out, however, that in NONE of my posts have I ever said that Goodyear is or would be at fault for the prison being put here. In fact, I have not even taken a position on whether I think the prison is a good idea or a bad idea for Goodyear.
      What troubles me about this issue (and what I have written about each time and what Gary Gibbs saw right out of the box) and what I think should trouble Goodyear voters is how deceptive city council has been in it’s handling of this issue and this is the same attitude and action that I see from Goodyear council and management since I first served on the CBC three years ago. Believe me, Al, when I tell you that these guys are not telling voters the unvarnished truth about our city’s finances and I believe that they are doing the same thing regarding their motives and handling of the prison. As I have said in more than one post, I just don’t understand why elected officials just won’t fess up to either missing something or admitting that they at least avoided it.
      From the facts of the situation and what has transpired, I see no other conclusion to draw. Do you really believe no one in city hall knew about this prior to August 10? If they didn’t know, why didn’t they? If they did know, then all their protestations since August 10 are a sham. I believe that eventually we’ll see if I’m right or wrong about this being a three part act by city council and city management.

      I do know one thing, and that is that my freedom of information request from August 11 has still not been returned by the city and it’s going on two weeks now. My guess is that is no coincidence and not until sometime after 6 pm today, after Georgia’s puppet show starts at city hall, will it be fulfilled.
      Then we’ll know a little better who knew what, when and then you and I can have a reasonable discussion about whether I’ve called this think correctly or not.

      Thoughtful, respectful remarks from real people are always welcome here, Al, thanks again for yours.

      PS, Al. I probably will not run for office. I’ve come to realize that in Goodyear, because so few people vote, one cannot win an election unless the candidate is willing to align themselves with the developers, public unions, and city employees and I believe that it is a prostitution of one’s values and of our democratic system for any candidate to align themselves in that way.

      • Howard, Well said. Your blog link was sent to us AFTER the public hearing on the GEO presentation for 5,000 private prison beds proposed for Goodyear. There is a long history of corruption in the private prison industry which should concern every resident and visitor in Arizona. The fact of turning Goodyear, the “new” luxury area presented like the next Scottsdale, into a “prison town” is not only unethical and immoral (turning human beings into commodities for $$’s), it’s plan wrong. Whoever is involved in this venture has lost their souls and moral compass and have misled the public or kept them uninformed for far too long. The public hearing was a sham if the state legislature put a law in place for 5,000 beds. When were the city officials and public ever brought into the debate and public dialog. It should be criminal to put laws in place behind closed doors like the legislature and governors have done for years. They have ruined a once nice place to visit and enjoy a quality of life. We were looking to purchase a home in Verrado, Estrella or Pebblecreek. We will look elsewhere in another state while Arizona corrects the damage they’ve done to their state. The racist, bigotry and hatred that have consumed Arizona has it a very undesirable place. So while the political enemies are consuming one another and wasting taxpayers money on litigation, we’ll bring greater public awareness to the self-destruction taking place as a warning to others so they do not consumed by it.

        A Concerned Citizen, taxpayer, former business owner/retiree and former Republican from the Midwest.

  5. corrected comment, this replaces the previous comment.

    Howard, Well said. Your blog link was sent to us AFTER the public hearing on the GEO presentation for 5,000 private prison beds proposed for Goodyear. There is a long history of corruption in the private prison industry which should concern every resident and visitor in Arizona. The fact of turning Goodyear, the “new” luxury area presented like the next Scottsdale, into a “prison town” is not only unethical and immoral (turning human beings into commodities for $$’s), it’s simply wrong.

    Whoever is involved in this for-profit prison venture have lost their souls and moral compass. They have misled the public or kept them uninformed for far too long. The public hearing was a sham if the state legislature passed a law in 2009 for 5,000 beds. When were the city officials and public ever brought into the debate and public dialog?

    It should be criminal to put laws in place behind closed doors like the legislature and governors have done for years. They have ruined a once nice place to visit and enjoy a quality of life. We were looking to purchase a home in Verrado, Estrella or Pebblecreek. We will look elsewhere, in another state, while Arizona corrects the damage they’ve done to their state. The racist, bigotry and hatred that have consumed Arizona politics/leaders has made it a very undesirable place to live. So while the political enemies are consuming one another and wasting taxpayers money on litigation while making lawyers obscenely rich, we’ll continue to bring greater public awareness to the self-destruction taking place, as a warning to others so they do not get consumed by it. We now realize people do not matter in Arizona, it’s all about taking your assets, money, power and “control” of the people regardless of their Constitutional Rights.

    A Concerned Citizen, taxpayer, former business owner/retiree and former Republican from the Midwest.

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