Open Letter to Goodyear City Council; Resign


From: hdb <hdb@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Subject: Your Public Statements Regarding Fischbach do Not Add Up
To: georgia.lord@goodyearaz.gov, Joe Pizzillo <joe.pizzillo@goodyearaz.gov>, Joanne Osborne <joanne.osborne@goodyearaz.gov>, Sheri Lauritano <sheri.lauritano@azbar.org>, Gary Gelzer <GNCrailway@cox.net>, Wally Campbell <wally.campbell@goodyearaz.gov>
Cc: “Dokes, Jennifer” <jennifer.dokes@arizonarepublic.com>, Jim Painter <editor@westvalleyview.com>, “Trevizo, Edna” <edna.trevizo@arizonarepublic.com>

Let’s see if I have this correct.
1. You renewed his contract three months ago.
2. Lord, Pizzillo and Stipp have concerns about his “leadership” and “communication.”
3. Georgia says that “maybe a council member didn’t feel they were getting the complete information.”
4. Stipp has “concern about some of the things that have happened and what the future was going to look like.”
5. Georgia says, “council.. wanted to go in a different direction, looking for different leadership and it was a compilation of feelings.”
6. Gelzer says he was only “95%” forthcoming with the “minutia” but initially Gelzer did not even want to have the executive session review meeting.
7. As usual, Wally has no comment.
8. The only person who voted against his contract in December was Lauritano and she’s not talking either.
9. You renewed his contract 3 months ago.
10. You renewed his contract 3 months ago.

My apologies if I am repeating myself, I am just so dumbfounded at your arrogance multiplied by inability. What kind of fairy tale do you think you are telling Goodyear residents and city of Goodyear employees and are you all really that insulated from reality to think you can insult the intelligence of taxpayers and employees of Goodyear with this nonsense? Is it any wonder that in some circles you are referred to as the “seven dwarfs”?

Or maybe all of you are really that incompetent. Three months ago he was a great guy, this week and tens of thousands of dollars later in severance pay he’s a slug?

At the risk of being repetitive (again), let me repeat, (as Georgia likes to say), you renewed his contract only 3 months ago. Something happened.  What happened? Goodyear has serious problems, besides your incompetence, like $300 million in debt, $50 million plus in lawsuits, a mall that just got swiped from under your noses by Glendale, and serious questions about where all the money is going or has been coming from.

With all of these issues and more, don’t you think Goodyear taxpayers (remember them? they are supposed to be your bosses) deserve a complete accounting and explanation of what is going on here?

Here are a few more questions that come to mind;
1. Leadership ability and style is not something that just evaporates one day. How do you explain your about face on Fischbach’s leadership style?
2. What happened in 90 days time that made you want to “go in a different direction”?
3. If there was a “compilation of feelings” how did all of these “feelings” finally erupt in the past 90 days?
4. When did you all discover he has been misleading you even after I have been telling you all this since at least the second meeting of the puppet show you all called the Citizens Budget Committee in January of 2010?
5. What is it that he finally did to wake you all up from your slumber as appointed representatives of the voters instead of the bunker mentality, incompetent, insulated group you all have been since you were elected?

Are we all supposed to believe that all of you just happened to have some kind of group epiphany about John Fischbach’s character and his inability to effectively lead Goodyear?

The SW Valley Republic and the West Valley View may be afraid, incapable, or just too lazy to ask you these questions about the complete nonsense that your statements make but as you already know, I am not going anywhere and I will get to the bottom of this latest debacle that has cost the near bankrupt city of Goodyear many thousands of dollars in severance pay as a result of your inability to manage this city properly, in this case because of your turnabout after having just signed a new contract with him.  This is just another example of the lack of transparency and lack of direction or seemingly even understanding that has become the hallmark of all of your tenures.

You should all be ashamed and embarrassed of yourselves and you should all resign immediately and save taxpayers even one more day of your own lack of leadership, understanding, and ability to represent Goodyear.

At let me also note, the taxpayers are PAYING you all for every day of incompetence that you provide them.
Howard Brodbeck
Goodyear Resident

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28 Responses

  1. You the man Howard. It will be like rats fleeing a sinking ship. Corruption and incompetence on steroids in Goodyear.

  2. HOWARD MADE ME DO IT… I sent in an email myself. Should be interesting ~ they haven’t gotten an email from me since my nephews computer had a virus sending out a sexual virus to my email contacts after I had logged onto email on his computer!! And yes, I’ve changed my email address so this one goes through their filter!

    Subject:
    The state of the city & a few old suggestions….
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    Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:59 am
    To: georgia.lord@goodyearaz.gov, “Joe Pizzillo” , “Joanne Osborne” , “Sheri Lauritano” , “Gary Gelzer” , “Wally Campbell”
    Bcc: “Dokes, Jennifer” , “Jim Painter” , “Trevizo, Edna”
    Ya know, Howard is right… WHAT happened in the last 3 or 4 months to change 6 individuals minds?? Here is my thought…

    I think that maybe, just maybe, the audit results in Surprise recently *may* have woken up the group voted into office… If that’s not it you still need to read on.

    Ya know, too much revenue has fallen through the cracks in the last 4 months. No mall and no prison expansion to make up for the lost mall revenues that are in this years budget. In addition to that, in the last 4 months you have 2 new lawsuits (Rowan and Bryant), and positive court response in 3 pending lawsuits with a settlement in the Woods lawsuit. That’s gotta be eating up that “rainy day fund” pretty fast…. and increasing legal expenses tremendously.

    Maybe, just maybe you should call in the independent auditors I requested 4 years ago. Maybe you should have taken action then. I would GUARANTEE that if a qualified, independent audit firm were brought in you’d be enlightened. You’d see just how much money the ballpark really cost the taxpayers and where bond money was spent that was meant for specific projects that were never completed and how much projects were overspent versus the budget. You’d see WHY you need to refinance bonds and how much money saved would ACTUALLY (like in a real true number not some inflated dream of Larry’s) help the bottom line. Save the city before it goes under cause it’s already gone too far.

    And I must say, I’m disappointed in you Joe Pizzillo. YOU of all people know what the outcome would be. And you knew that before you retired and had the nerve to get into the position you are in and keep that information from your peers. The “teacher” failed, failed to educate the “students”.

    Well, like I said, I won’t stop till it’s out in the open. You’ve screwed Matlin. Dalke is dirty – he wanted to shut Matlin up. He was the leader of employee mobbing, knows what Larry is and has done with his “creative accounting” and he was the “acting” CM while Brown was the “acting” DCM and IT Director. He KNEW about the Pendelton “problem” and is just as responsible for the mess. Don’t you know that Roger is a financial wizard, dealt with land deals, developers, financing loans/bonds and can read through all the lies? I can’t see him sitting back and letting the city get away with it now, but eventually you’ll have to admit you’re in a financial mess and you’ll have to deal with it no matter who brings it up. It’s INEVITABLE and the day will come. While you are making changes in leadership, make changes with a clean set of books. If you don’t, it’ll just carry on to the next guy in charge. And really, who wants to walk into that mess and get blamed for it??? Well, maybe Dalke would to CIU (cover it up) or CYA (and you know what that means). He would be the WORST thing right now as a “leader”.

    Good luck. Goodyear was once a city I wanted to live in… wouldn’t even make my list of maybes if I was desperate now.

  3. HOWARD MADE ME DO IT… I sent in an email of my own to the same list and the press….

    Subject: The state of the city & a few old suggestions….

    Ya know, Howard is right… WHAT happened in the last 3 or 4 months to change 6 individuals minds?? Here is my thought…

    I think that maybe, just maybe, the audit results in Surprise recently *may* have woken up the group voted into office… If that’s not it you still need to read on.

    Ya know, too much revenue has fallen through the cracks in the last 4 months. No mall and no prison expansion to make up for the lost mall revenues that are in this years budget. In addition to that, in the last 4 months you have 2 new lawsuits (Rowan and Bryant), and positive court response in 3 pending lawsuits with a settlement in the Woods lawsuit. That’s gotta be eating up that “rainy day fund” pretty fast…. and increasing legal expenses tremendously.

    Maybe, just maybe you should call in the independent auditors I requested 4 years ago. Maybe you should have taken action then. I would GUARANTEE that if a qualified, independent audit firm were brought in you’d be enlightened. You’d see just how much money the ballpark really cost the taxpayers and where bond money was spent that was meant for specific projects that were never completed and how much projects were overspent versus the budget. You’d see WHY you need to refinance bonds and how much money saved would ACTUALLY (like in a real true number not some inflated dream of Larry’s) help the bottom line. Save the city before it goes under cause it’s already gone too far.

    And I must say, I’m disappointed in you Joe Pizzillo. YOU of all people know what the outcome would be. And you knew that before you retired and had the nerve to get into the position you are in and keep that information from your peers. The “teacher” failed, failed to educate the “students”.

    Well, like I said, I won’t stop till it’s out in the open. You’ve screwed Matlin. Dalke is dirty – he wanted to shut Matlin up. He was the leader of employee mobbing, knows what Larry is and has done with his “creative accounting” and he was the “acting” CM while Brown was the “acting” DCM and IT Director. He KNEW about the Pendelton “problem” and is just as responsible for the mess. Don’t you know that Roger is a financial wizard, dealt with land deals, developers, financing loans/bonds and can read through all the lies? I can’t see him sitting back and letting the city get away with it now, but eventually you’ll have to admit you’re in a financial mess and you’ll have to deal with it no matter who brings it up. It’s INEVITABLE and the day will come. While you are making changes in leadership, make changes with a clean set of books. If you don’t, it’ll just carry on to the next guy in charge. And really, who wants to walk into that mess and get blamed for it??? Well, maybe Dalke would to CIU (cover it up) or CYA (and you know what that means). He would be the WORST thing right now as a “leader”.

    Good luck. Goodyear was once a city I wanted to live in… wouldn’t even make my list of maybes if I was desperate now.

  4. HOWARD MADE ME DO IT… I sent in an email of my own to the same addresses including the media.

    Ya know, Howard is right… WHAT happened in the last 3 or 4 months to change 6 individuals minds?? Here is my thought…

    I think that maybe, just maybe, the audit results in Surprise recently *may* have woken up the group voted into office… If that’s not it you still need to read on.

    Ya know, too much revenue has fallen through the cracks in the last 4 months. No mall and no prison expansion to make up for the lost mall revenues that are in this years budget. In addition to that, in the last 4 months you have 2 new lawsuits (Rowan and Bryant), and positive court response in 3 pending lawsuits with a settlement in the Woods lawsuit. That’s gotta be eating up that “rainy day fund” pretty fast…. and increasing legal expenses tremendously.

    Maybe, just maybe you should call in the independent auditors I requested 4 years ago. Maybe you should have taken action then. I would GUARANTEE that if a qualified, independent audit firm were brought in you’d be enlightened. You’d see just how much money the ballpark really cost the taxpayers and where bond money was spent that was meant for specific projects that were never completed and how much projects were overspent versus the budget. You’d see WHY you need to refinance bonds and how much money saved would ACTUALLY (like in a real true number not some inflated dream of Larry’s) help the bottom line. Save the city before it goes under cause it’s already gone too far.

    And I must say, I’m disappointed in you Joe Pizzillo. YOU of all people know what the outcome would be. And you knew that before you retired and had the nerve to get into the position you are in and keep that information from your peers. The “teacher” failed, failed to educate the “students”.

    Well, like I said, I won’t stop till it’s out in the open. You’ve screwed Matlin. Dalke is dirty – he wanted to shut Matlin up. He was the leader of employee mobbing, knows what Larry is and has done with his “creative accounting” and he was the “acting” CM while Brown was the “acting” DCM and IT Director. He KNEW about the Pendelton “problem” and is just as responsible for the mess. Don’t you know that Roger is a financial wizard, dealt with land deals, developers, financing loans/bonds and can read through all the lies? I can’t see him sitting back and letting the city get away with it now, but eventually you’ll have to admit you’re in a financial mess and you’ll have to deal with it no matter who brings it up. It’s INEVITABLE and the day will come. While you are making changes in leadership, make changes with a clean set of books. If you don’t, it’ll just carry on to the next guy in charge. And really, who wants to walk into that mess and get blamed for it??? Well, maybe Dalke would to CIU (cover it up) or CYA (and you know what that means). He would be the WORST thing right now as a “leader”.

    Good luck. Goodyear was once a city I wanted to live in… wouldn’t even make my list of maybes if I was desperate now.

  5. Remember this meeting? http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/2010/04/14/20100414-city-center-goodyear-anger.html

    I asked for the Council to resign. One year later, I was arrested for Free Speech. Oh Howard…don’t join me in jail. They don’t listen and sometimes I wonder if the residents/voters do. As my Phoenix friend asks, “How are the “high seas” of the Estrella Mountain Lakes.” Turbulent, but I wonder if anyone cares.

    BTW: The list is out. Dalke, Mulhall, Lord, Gelzer, Massey (This list is for the public citizenry to consider for removal from public office and only public office. This is not a “hit list” or a list to “do harm” to people, humans, living creatures or otherwise defined entities, living or lifeless, as defined in a Common English or Law Dictionary. No claim of harm or injury is being made in this statement and all statements should be interpreted as Freedom of Speech under the 1st Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights as ruled by the United States Supreme Court.

    If you, the voters, citizens, owners of Goodyear, care, now is the time! Now run through your living room singing “rocky” or “eye of the tiger” for Howard!

    • Oh, Oh, Oh!!!! Can I borrow the disclaimer PLEASE!!! I ***LOVE** IT!! BTW, that one would really set Massey off!!!

  6. I left one name off the list. Unlike, City management, I admit errors and correct them. Per the “previous language as stated above”, please add Lange to the list of removal considerations.

    Nick, if you see me running down the street singing, please don’t have me arrested. Just happy that something is finally changing.

  7. Why has no one mentioned how strongly this vindicates Jim Cavanaugh? Jim realized this three years ago and wanted to act on it then. Howard’s blog has defended and proven everything Jim said. Georgia Lord, then a mere council person, and her minions refused to talk about it. Indeed, Georgia was a cheer leader for Mr. Fischbach and defended his every move. The Pebble Creek lemmings followed her in lockstep like a school of minnows writing newspaper articles and letters to the editor proclaiming how wonderful Georgia would be as Mayor with John as her City Manager.

    So now where does Goodyear stand? No mall, no growth, countless law suits, ravaging debt, no city manager and a do nothing incompetent city council. The City will pay an outside source tens of thousands of dollars to do what the City Council should do as a matter of their obligation to the Citizens, to “search” for a new city manager. The interview and hiring will come down to a popularity contest rather than a competency contest since there is no one on the Council with any business experience that may know how to interview for such a responsible position. Sounds pretty grim, does it not? Well that is nothing compared to what the future holds. There is an election coming soon and all the good candidates have moved on.

    Perhaps Goodyear should nominate Roger Matlin for City Manager and Jim Cavanaugh for Mayor. They have been trying to curb the incompetency and recklessness in Goodyear for years instead of just using taxpayer money to repay political debts. Roger knows finance and Jim is the only Mayor in recent history that accomplished anything worthwhile for the City. All growth in the City ended with Jim’s departure.

    If they were not such men of integrity and honor, Sean Rassas would be sitting back in his successful business and Gary Gibbs peacefully enjoying his retirement shouting to the City “I told you so”.

    Think on it voters. You can get rid of four of the problems at the next election. The other three will take only another two years. Goodyear made a mistake in the last election. But you have an opportunity to correct it. Get Goodyear on the right track before Wally Campbell starts cackling about a library again.

    • Mr. Moore, Your comment is spot on!

    • Have to disagree with Mr. Moore… Jimmy was the CENTER of the ball park debacle. On the board of directors of the bank established by Jack Rose… Do you know who he is? Voted on ball park issues WHILE MAYOR and on the board of the bank without disclosing it. Then there is CTCA. What a deal his “wife” was involved in. He’ll tell you he didn’t make a penny, but I’ll guarantee you that in the state of Arizona, income, from either partner is income to both. So tell me, what incompetency or recklessness did he try to stop?.

  8. Howard, Mary and others who have the courage to speak up and tell the truth, Thank you for your great public service in calling out those who have plundered what was once the fine community of Goodyear. The self-serving group should ALL resign! Effective immediately.

  9. Howard and Mary, Dig deeper. They are all caught in the failed private prison bed boondoggle — with ADC, GEO, with CCA Coughlin — all driving the mass incarceration of Arizona’s people. These officials are the ones who belong in prison! One of the private prisons they wanted for “others”! Truly shameful and disgusting.

  10. That noise you hear is Mr. Fischbach laughing all the way to the bank. Well played, sir!

    Georgia is quoted in the WVV as saying, “We just felt it was time for a change. The council felt they wanted to go in a different direction.”

    I sure would like to know what direction that is. What direction were we going in? Specifically, what’s the new direction going to look like? How will it differ from where we’ve been going? Oh, and just where have we been going anyway? I may well show up at the next council meeting and ask those questions. After all, it’s been a while since I’ve been insulted and ridiculed in public.

    The city has been going in a direction of increased taxation, profligate spending, and a knack for doing things that make no financial sense — the ballpark, the Sonora annexation and granting de facto collective bargaining to city unions, just to name a few. There has been no acknowledgement of the city’s massive debt burden and no plans put forth to come to grips with it.

    Maybe the “new direction” will be one of achieving a legacy of financial stability and integrity with truth and transparency for all. Hahahahaha. Not with this group at the helm. There will be no “new direction.” It will just be more of the same.

  11. This letter of resignation sounds like something a kid would write. Quickly, under pressure maybe. Little thought, just ramblings. I think it tiptoes around the reason. One sentence kinda says it all…….

    Quote: “Early on the opportunities will far exceed the resources BUT the resources WILL BE there and ultimately the City will be able to capitalize on them and continue building the jewel of the West Valley.” [Caps for emphasis are his.]

    He’s justifying. He’s explaining. It’s not a letter of resignation; it’s defensive, whiney. But now you know why GY puts out dollars with no evidence of a return in the immediate future……”somewhere, over the rainbow”…..

    Maybe council has been getting too many letters/questions re debt issues. Ones they never could answer. Still can’t for that matter…. Neither could he probably; the axe fell. But not really. They probably asked him to resign and promised a nice severance pkg in exchange for his silence about their capabilities.

    Do the unions have someone in mind? Is it payback time? After all she sold her loyalty, didn’t she?

    Howard was right all along.

    Victor Reves

  12. Mrs. Greener (or Mrs. Miller, I’m not sure) does this blog a disservice with her continuously disparaging rants regarding me. The value and content of this particular blog is harmed by her irrelevant and insidious divergence from the important subject matter at hand, i.e. an inept council and mayor. Until now I have not responded in like manner to her rants for the many years (way back into my mayoral days) that I have had the displeasure of first person witnessing her irresponsible, deprecating and baseless insinuations. I must however respond to the accusations in this blog. First off, in every case in which facts exist and not just opinion, Greener is dead wrong.
    Let’s start with baseball. No business person in Goodyear considers our Goodyear spring training a debacle. Reliable statistics over the past several years reveal that on average every spring training major league team accounts for approximately $20,000,000.00 in direct economic benefit to the Valley. Do ticket prices cover the cost of spring training? Not even close. Every City understands that. It’s not about the City government. Baseball is in AZ because it makes economic sense to our private sector and the vast majority of our citizens love the game–our nation’s favorite pastime. If we had not reached out when we did, Goodyear would never had gotten baseball, or would have had to fund the entire $100,000,000.00+ construction cost itself. Apparently, only the Indian communities can do that..The recession basically ran concurrently with the first pitch. That recession has caused a delay in the timing for reimbursement of more than $60,000,000.00 that the Sports and Tourism Authority committed to this City. The money will come but it will arrive later than originally anticipated. Fortunately, the City is accruing interest by our up-fronting the early year’s debt of the construction. The interest payments owed the City along with the principle bond debt to be paid by the STA may come close in today’s dollars to the entire cost to construct the baseball complex. One last point, before a single penny was spent on baseball, our citizenry formally voted in a scheduled election to approve the sale of bonds expressly and solely for bringing baseball to Goodyear. In defense of Greener: Yes I did spearhead baseball coming to Goodyear and the efforts to get STA funding. I also spearheaded the I-10 widening acceleration of four years, the bringing of higher ed to Goodyear, the reduction by almost 25% in our real property tax, the bringing of CTCA to Goodyear, the origination of the Gila River upgrade project, and a few other projects. Get a life, Greener. Next, about the bank. Yes I was on the founding board to bring a community bank to the southwest valley. I thought we needed one and did my best (hardly a decisive voice on the board) to make it happen. It did happen. I helped get it underway and then resigned from the board before it was ever open for business. I never voted on any issue affecting the bank as a member of a public body. Why would I? The bank is located in Avondale. Lastly, my wife represented CTCA in a land acquisition which was successful and netted her (and since we share checking accounts, me as well) a commission, which was less than 1% of the amount some totally uninformed person wrote in the West Valley View as my wife’s income from the transaction. The acquisition never came before the council. It was strictly a private sector transaction. I was never asked about it, never offered an opinion on it, never voted on it. My wife represented CTCA not because I was a mayor but rather because she is a good real estate broker. For the likes of Greener and the Lord campaign apparatus to accuse me of a conflict of interest or whatever else they wish to dream up is a true reflection on the unsavory and amateurish behavior of the accusers. Mrs. Greener, if you come at me again with these vile and irresponsible falsehoods, you will be facing libel and/or defamation of character charges and the next communication will be with my attorney.

  13. The Supreme Court balanced the plaintiff’s interest in preserving his reputation against the public’s interest in freedom of expression in the area of political debate. It held that a public official alleging libel must prove actual malice in order to recover damages. The Court declared that the First Amendment protects open and robust debate on public issues even when such debate includes “vehement, caustic, unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” A public official or other plaintiff who has voluntarily assumed a position in the public eye must prove that defamatory statements were made with knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false.

  14. Wow & Wow. Would you believe that this is the **FIRST** time I have been addressed by James Cavanaugh since Roric Massey instructed him and the City Council *NOT* to speak to me after addressing them at a city council meeting with my sister in August 2008 with mounds of questions, including financial questions, that were NEVER answered by the people that “represented” me. Odd, don’t you think. I think there are a few citizens out there, bloggers here as well, that have been put in that same position lately.

    As an employee (and citizen) of the City of Goodyear I invoked my rights under A.R.S. 38-532, the whistle blower law. The whistleblower law requires an employee to have a ‘reasonable belief’ of impropriety. My questions weren’t answered so I had a reasonable belief. I looked at financial information and had reasonable belief (I was an accountant before I became a programmer). I saw e-mails and had reasonable belief. I did my due diligence and to this day, many of those questions to Mayor and Council remain unanswered. My desire here is not to cause harm to you Mr. Cavanaugh, but to get the answers I asked for and to open the eyes of the taxpayers to the atrocities that have gone on and continue.

    Mr. Cavanuagh, there is not one fact in the statement above that is not true.

    1) You were the ballpark. You admit it yourself above. The Wood’s sued the city and it was recently settled, costing the city $1.1 million in addition to over $400,000 in legal expenses. I describe the ballpark as a debacle. The key word here is VALLEY. What kind of *NET* income has it brought to the coffers at the CITY. We can blame my divorce on the economy or we can just say that the relationship went sour. Depends on who’s looking at it.

    2) You were on the board of the bank (WEST VALLEY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, LLC) with Jack Rose, according to the public records available through the Arizona Corporation Commission. You admit it yourself above. If you resigned from the board in 2005, there was no submission to update the legal members posted on their website. As of today, it still shows you as a member of the board of a now defunct LLC (2010). Jack Rose was a MAJOR player (Rose Properties, Civica, and more of his companies) in the ball park. The fact that the bank is physically in Avondale is irrelevant.

    3) You admit your wife was involved in the real estate deal of CTCA. You admit it yourself above. I never said you voted on anything. I stated a fact. Arizona is a community property state. If your wife’s deal made a commission of 10 cents, you legally made 5 cents and she made 5 cents. So are you saying that there were no development agreements made or anything put before you and council in reference to CTCA?

    So these were “irresponsible, deprecating and baseless insinuations”? And I am “unsavory” and display “amateurish behavior”? Are these not slanderous comments towards me?

    I will leave this conversation by saying that the heat is on in Goodyear and not comment, mention or associate them with you specifically again. I have a right to voice my opinion as well as a right to voice my opinion WITH FACTS that are substantiated. It’s my first amendment right, which I am invoking.

    I am unclear if Mr. Cavanaugh is actually upset with the 3 points that I made OR the email I sent to the current Mayor and Council asking for an in-depth audit of the books, which may just be a little SURPRISEing. Surprise had beautiful audit presentations, wonderful results, looked well financially… until someone actually LOOKED. Suddenly, the audit results over the last *decade* have been proven to be lies to the public, cursory audits at best. It is my hope, for the sake of the tax payers and current residents, that the city completes a thorough audit by an outside, qualified, agency in the very near future. People need to pay attention and demand answers from those that “represent” them, past & present. It’s YOUR city. It doesn’t belong to 7 people or employees of the city. Do what you think is right, before it’s too late… and it may be.

    • If you still have the email you sent to council that youention in your comment would you forwad it to me please?
      The more I read about what is going on in Surprise, the more it sounds like Goodyear I am afraid.

  15. It appears that Ms. Miller and I can express our view without the use of harmful, deprecating language. That’s good. That’s the way it should be. Let me be brief on her efforts to clarify her earlier points on three main subjects:
    1. No doubt I was the lead in trying to get baseball into Goodyear. Some people including Ms. Miller, Roger Matlin, Howard of Howard’s Goodyear Blog, and scores of others believe I made a mistake. No doubt it is arguable but I am ready and willing to forcefully argue it. This isn’t the place, nor the time. Regarding the contention that my action resulted in a $1.1 Million loss due to a lawsuit by the Wood Family with the City as the defendant. When i read that recent decision by the City in the newspapers, I was amazed. While I was mayor, I asked the city manager if there was anything the City could do to ameliorate the terrible situation in which the Wood family found itself. I wasn’t talking about a handout of citizen monies. However, everyone including I, felt for the family, which had suffered immeasurably in conjunction with the beddown of the spring training facility. The answer was “No”, there was nothing we could do. In the same time period and on several occasions, I had been told unequivocally by the city attorney that the City had no liability to the Woods and had done nothing that would result in a successful lawsuit by the Woods. We had done nothing wrong. Isn’t that what Woody Campbell recently said as she voted against the payout. Baseball did not cause the city to spend $1.1 Million. What happened? Didn’t happen during nor because of my watch, Ms. Miller.
    2. Regarding the bank board. Again, I was on the founding board. Helped get it underway. Then resigned without any hard feelings on anyone’s part before the bank went operational. Don’t know nor do I have the time to check out the ACC records regarding my time on the board. Are you saying that everyone who leaves a board of directors is expected to confirm the status at the ACC? The fact that the bank is in Avondale is not irrelevant as you stated. Under what circumstances would I ever vote as a public official to establish a bank in another city? Maybe your point is that Jack Rose was on the board and a developer of the spring training facility. Don’t recall what proceeded what. Also don’t know whether this bank in question was a lender for the spring training facility. However, if it was a lender, be assured I was not on the board when it happened, didn’t represent the city as a borrower in negotiations, didn’t represent the bank as the lender.
    3. Regarding my wife’s real estate commission. I can’t get a divorce and separate myself from my wife’s business successes just to please you Ms Miller, nor our union leaders, nor the Lord campaign crew. But I hope LInda makes a million on the next deal and be assured I will be in compliance with the law and ethical principles just as I was regarding the CTCA commission.

  16. For those who are newcomers to the West Valley and Arizona, please wear name tags so we know who you all are. We want Howard for City Manager and will demand it. He has earned the position after years of hard work, FOI’s and getting the facts gathered.

  17. Wow. Isn’t retaliation against a whistleblower in any form, at any time, by any person a No-No? So how does a whistleblower lose their job after raising questions about internal business policies? And if those questions are never answered how does it become litigious to continue to express frustration with those who had oversight capacity? Who is running THAT ship?

    Ms Greener: Mr. Cavanaugh takes exception to your questions and observations; calling them libelous. Although subsequently you seem to substantiate your accusations clearly.

    Then he ‘explains’. And the posturing stumbles a bit as he admits to the happenings; just in a different context with a different spin. Wow. Litigious? Huh.

    Mr. Cavanaugh: Really? If you want to sue someone, try the WV View! They get everything wrong!

    How is all this any different from the way our current Mayor and Council conduct themselves now? They learned this game somewhere, from someone…..or is there a manual one gets after election? In John’s case, they just paid him to leave. [Wait for the tell-all book!!]

    Sean should have had more credible backing……

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