Didn’t you think that the proposed downtown arena was for professional sports?
Wasn’t there a lot of talk about an anchor tenant, like a G- (nee D- ) League Basketball team?
Or maybe even hockey?
Seems to me I remember talk like that.
And didn’t MountainStar Sports Group even commission an online poll to gauge El Pasoans support for the arena? That disappeared pretty fast when the support wasn’t there. But what was MountainStar doing getting their fingers in that mess?
What was their interest in the arena, if the arena wasn’t going to host a professional sports team?
And why deck out the dressing rooms in the arena with lockers and loads of showers if our City Government wasn’t expecting a regular sports team as an anchor tenant?
I thought for sure that MountainStar wanted to expand their second-rate sports empire by inviting their wholly-owned subsidiary The City of El Paso to build an arena for them.
Au contraire, you silly taxpayer.
I don’t know why we’re not messaging this a little differently because the language for that bond project was approved by the Texas attorney general. When we took the language there, we had to certify to them that that [arena] facility did not have a professional sports tenant.
And nobody’s talking about that. I mean, they’re saying we lied. We didn’t lie to anybody. Events included amateur sports. If we wanted to get the NCAA, that was OK.
But we had to certify it for one reason and one reason only because you can’t use GO (government obligation) bonds supported by property tax for a professional sports arena.
The City’s been fighting that lawsuit, spending millions of taxpayer dollars, for an NCAA tournament game? Once every three or four years, maybe, if they can get it?
The City’s trying to spend $250 million for a Lady Gaga concert, if her management company decides to let her play here, once, or, at most, once every once in a while?
There’s this new technique that people in the private sector use to weigh the benefits of any costs a company might incur before they undertake a project. I’m sure the City of El Paso is unfamiliar with this cutting edge decision-making process, because, you know, they never really incur any expense. They just squeeze the taxpayer for an increase in their allowance.
This new cutting edge technique is called Cost/Benefit Analysis. I’m sure that if the City sharpens up their slide rules and consults the latest B School textbooks, they can figure it out in no time.
And I’m sure, that once they focus their B and C and D player minds on it, they’ll make the right decision, for all El Pasoans.