Friday, January 22, 2010
Who wouldn't enjoy...
Breakfast at Paradise Bakery Cafe in Denver; lunch at Bob's Place in Avon; dinner at Gore Range Brewery in Edwards; A trail ride or rafting trip from Triple G Outfitters in Wolcott. Of course the $422.03 rental car was covered too.
The Webb's also enjoyed the ski train package back in March of 2006 too. Coincidentally or not, the American Express statement for this period is missing so we don't know what wonderful restaurants they visited on that trip.
The Iconoclast: Behind the Cowbird Curtain
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Former Springdale Mayor Jerre Van Hoose is honorary chairman of the committee that calls itself Advocates for Public Transit.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
As if that wasn't enough, Webb and McFarland approved an additional $7,054.57 for more goodies from the same place just a month later.
And once again a month after that for a grand total of $14,059.99!
Perhaps they needed new monogrammed luggage for their many out of town escapades.
But hey, as long as the in-crowd had a Merry Christmas and someone else is footing the bill, who cares. Right?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
It is possible the Mayor later paid them back, although three years of bank deposits show nothing with Van Hoose as a depositor. I suppose it is even possible he too was a compensated volunteer earning 15% commission for Chamber membership sales like the Moore's & Mullikin's. Isn't it?
Someone at the Chamber penciled in "S.T. Initiative I" on the AmEx statement which could mean Springdale Tomorrow Initiative, but it appears Van Hoose was the only attendee.
Surely the trip didn't have anything to do with his rejection just a month earlier of an offer by a Dallas-based sports investor to privately bankroll Springdale's ballpark, thus derailing the Chamber's pet project and sparing the already overburdened taxpayers from taking on an additional $50 million in debt.
Of course the original news article is no longer available, but a snippet can be located on ballparkdigest.com.
It has been suggested that Van Hoose is married to the sister of the majority owner of the prime ballpark area real estate just waiting to be developed. That's not a conflict of interest, is it?
Friday, January 8, 2010
According to Washington County Assessment records, the Chamber has just one vehicle and while we can all agree a Yukon isn't best known for it's fuel efficiency, doesn't it seem a bit far-fetched it needs $120 in gas a day? That's what was spent at Family Shop 8 in Springdale on May 17, 2008 in two separate transactions. A week later, on the same page of the American Express bill, they spent another $116 at gas stations in three separate transactions on the same day. Who can tell anything for sure. This page also categorizes a payment to American Association of Notaries "TMeals".
On this page of the AmEx bill we find $383.00 spent on gas. Was Webb filling up the rig in Russellville the same day he hosted himself to the baseball suite?
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I find it fascinating that the hosting business foots the bill for "light breakfast refreshments" but each attendee is also asked to fork over $2 to the Chamber. A small price to pay for the newtorking opportunity and a cup o' Joe? Maybe.
But something tells me these people likely pay in cash. The Chamber probably doesn't bring a credit card machine with them and a $2 check seems kind of silly.
I wonder how many weeks it takes to save enough of these convenient little dollar bills for a trip to the Land of Sunshine?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Not so says Perry Webb "This area transformed from people raising chickens and a bunch of hillbillies to the forefront of the corporate world."
A bunch of hillbillies. Really?
There has been a lot of discussion all across the country about sports stadiums being touted as the key to economic development and yet study after study finds they cost far more than they return.The New York Times recently reported that "deals that were used to persuade taxpayers to finance their construction have in many cases backfired..."
Dale Rubin, of Salem, Oregon is an attorney who specializes in public subsidy issues. He recently finished a brief for a public policy group in which his concluions of law were that municipal subsidies for sports stadiums are unconstitutional. He said 'Almost all state laws say that no public entity should be aiding private enterprise...'
Brad Humphreys, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland says "on average, professional sports reduces inflation-adjusted income per person by a small but statistically significant amount, roughly $40 per person per year. That figure is for every person ... not just people who attended games. So professional sports do not form the basis of a viable local economic development program.
Here are a few more articles. The list goes on and on and on...