Sunday, May 5, 2013

ER #57: Rubbish Alert

City Hall Elevator Rumblings  #57

Rider #1:  Guess what I’ve discovered!  You can determine what is going to happen in the city’s future by reading a politico’s council campaign brochure.  There is no need for our five-year plan, 6-Sigma or Baldrige manuals when you have everything laid out in a one page placard that has enough fluff and sugar to induce a diabetic coma. 

Rider #2:  Isn’t that the truth.  I was reading a mailing from Allan Meagher and almost fell out of my La-Z-Boy.  Here’s just one of his spinning/talking points designed to garner votes from the chamber clique, a couple former council members and the ex-mayor of his regime, city paid developer-shills, and anyone else with the reading comprehension level of a third grader: “Build a privately-financed entertainment complex that will ensure the success of our convention center and its hotel and will contribute to the revitalization of the Urban Center which benefits the entire city.”  I wonder how many millions he would want the city’s participation to be this time sans Billy Bob if he envisions this deal to be totally “privately-financed?”

Rider #1:  I see what you mean.  There are also some troubling words when you parse and wade through his brochure blather.  For instance: Entertainment Complex -- It use to be known as an Entertainment Center, so I guess this defines a new concept he will create; our convention center and its hotel -- This sounds as if the ICVB is going to be in the hotel management business which would be a recipe for mismanagement;  revitalization of the Urban Center -- Does the current council know that the Urban Center is now in a total state of disrepair?  Is it time to contact McDougal to return to Irving and bring the Urban Center back to its once lustrous past like he did with the Heritage District?

Rider #2:  Yeah, that is comical.  It’s hard to imagine how anyone would think that the Urban Center needs to be revitalized.  They may need some restaurants and other amenities, but one would hardly consider the area in dire need of revitalization.  Has anyone placed Capo Gonzalez and his Lubbock Mafia crew on ‘Red Alert’ to address this potential city tragedy?  Goodness, we don’t need the Urban Center to become the new Heritage District do we?  Think of all the land the Capo would have to buy at premium prices if the center is floundering! 

Rider #1:  Considering that Meagher was part of the problem -- when previously serving on the council -- that got the city into many of the issues it is now attempting to straighten out (Heritage District, Entertainment Center and highly paid consultants/chamber of commerce hawkers that provide nebulous results), one has to wonder if the voters would really want to return to this level of representation.  

Rider #2:  Yes, sometimes, recycling is not the thing to do.  An appalling voting record and not actually representing voting constituents is something that should not be recycled, but rather tossed in the city’s landfill.  The city’s landfill should be the final repository for all inane campaign promises, misinformation and ineffectual politicos. 

A note from counsel: These “candid” elevator conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook