By: Diane Benjamin
This is a continuation of the previous post: https://blnnews.com/2017/02/17/how-many-facts-does-tari-get-wrong/
The Coliseum was a hot topic. Renner and Hauman continue to believe the Coliseum can be a success. Renner still wants a hotel, Hauman thinks VenuWorks can make a profit.
Both of them are living in the same make-believe land as whoever projected Revenues of $5.7 million this year: https://blnnews.com/2017/02/09/mayor-candidates-factmatter/
The 2015 Audited Coliseum financial statement showed Revenue of almost $2.6 million. The nearly year old 2016 audited statement haven’t been issued, so we don’t know the revenue for last year Obviously it won’t be close to $5.7 million. Bob Fike again mentioned selling the Coliseum, one reason is because the City isn’t capable of managing it. Renner had to mention the City has never managed the Coliseum. Tari is correct. The City failed to manage the people they hired. That’s why I had to file a lawsuit to get records! Tari’s comment is around 23:40.
At 24:17 Tari again mentions there are no free lunches. He doesn’t mention the ones he gets, and the ones some of the Council and staff provide themselves with “light dinners”.
Tari again mentioned his trip with Chris Koos to California to recruit businesses. Listen around 29:00. Tari claims the only thing they wanted to know is what amenities are available for millenials. Are you listening Tari? Paying attention? CALIFORNIA’s opinions don’t matter. Their state is a disaster because of their pandering to illegal immigrants and creating the same “Quality of Life” crap you want here. Instead of fixing their damn spillway, as they were told it needed 10 years ago, they blew the money on non-essentials. (Google it) Bloomington residents care about Bloomington, not what California progressives told you they want. By the way, California is also the place they allow excess water to flow out to the ocean instead of building reservoirs for the dry season.
You can listen to the debate yourself, but to me Bob Fike is a nice guy without a grasp of the issues. Diana Hauman showed she is left of Renner in thinking government creates prosperity. Even the WGLT story shows that: http://wglt.org/post/bloomington-mayoral-candidates-offer-different-downtown-and-street-visions#stream/0
The only viable alternative is Kevin Lower since Ian Bayne chose not to participate. WJBC is doing a two-hour round table next week. I’d like to hear Renner use some new talking points. He does nothing but repeat the same ones over and over.
The Complete Streets discussion was interesting. Renner and Hauman think we should follow the world view of transportation instead of doing what’s right for Bloomington. Both will cost taxpayers more money and make fixing streets take even longer.
I wonder if all those people on East Grove (west of Clinton) with Renner signs and a really bad street know they aren’t a high priority?