So, I see where some people think that I was told by the PDN to support some part of the quality of life bond issues and the baseball deal. This is not true. Let me walk you through what happened.
Before the baseball thing was ever on my radar, there was the PDN trying to get a the city and the county to give them $10o million dollars of taxpayer money to build an arena. They wanted the city and county to issue "COs" (certificate of obligation) to do this. They would own and control the finished product with some kind of partial payback vehicle to be figured out later. It was a dirty freaking deal and I didn't like it for a million reasons.
That deal morphed into the quality of life bond issues that I was still against. The only up-side to the bond issue approach is that the PDN would not own the arena. The city would own and operate it. Although, it's still a stupid idea and a waste of taxpayer dollars because there is no demand for such a space in El Paso. You may remember me pointing out that the County Coliseum and the Don Haskins center sit empty most of the time and adding another venue in town wasn't/isn't worth it.
I stopped bashing the quality of life bond issues about the time I saw the polling and it was quite obvious that there was nothing anyone could do stop them. Unlike some of you who can't stand not getting your way, I just moved on. Nothing illegal went on and it would be idiotic to make that claim. As far as I was concerned the issue was done and you can all say "David K told you so" ten years down the line when you have an empty arena downtown.
The baseball deal is a very different story. I was not for the deal until I knew who was behind it. The people behind that deal are not only good people, but financially in a position to pay the penalties for not holding up their end of the bargain. And - the deal was much different than the arena.
First of all, the city would own the stadium. The city would not be handing over $100 million to a group of people to build something they'd own when it was finished. The design and construction of the baseball field would be managed by the city and not some group who'd piss away the money to their buddies. This is a city project with a long-term rental agreement. If MountainStar doesn't live up to their end of the bargain, they can pay the price. That's much different than the original PDN deal.
The baseball deal is also heavily financed by taxing people not living in El Paso. That's pretty cool. The PDN deal had no such payback plan. Taxpayers would eat the entire cost of the failed project.
Oh, and did I mention that the baseball field, unlike the arena, had an identifiable user of the facilities for the majority of the year before anyone took a shovel to dirt? It does - a baseball team.
The more I looked at the baseball deal, the better it was. The PDN arena gig was just terrible from the start. Now it's in the city's hands they'll have to deal with the backlash if it fails (it will).
There's a little history for everyone.
And for those who are wondering if my parent's company will be getting sub work form CF Jordan - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! They hate our guts. They'd hire anyone else on earth before they'd hire my parents' firm. We don't pay to play. If you think differently - prove it.