By: Diane Benjamin
The contract between CIAM and the City of Bloomington gave the City the right to exam anything they wanted to. Nobody at the City ever looked at reports – especially concession sales. Don’t forget, the City bought the Point-Of-Sale equipment. They could have printed off monthly reports to verify what the City was getting paid in commissions. They failed!
I’ve written a ton of stories on the Coliseum. This story has links to many of them: https://blnnews.com/2017/09/26/my-coliseum-timeline/
David Hales did not do his job. The Council let him get by with it. Citizens told them to investigate. Judy Stearns demanded they investigate. The rest of the Council sat back and did nothing. Kevin Lower joined Judy when he was elected.
This email from Joni Painter continues to bother me, I wonder if it bothers her since she was obviously lied to. There was no “different” contract. Has she ever asked why SHE was lied to? Has she talked to the prosecutors?
I don’t read Diane’s website any more because I have found it to be riddled with errors. When I first got on City Council I read it because I thought she had already done my homework for me. Before a meeting with CIAM management I downloaded and printed 30 some odd pages of the “CIAM contract.” When I got into the meeting I discovered to my horror that the contract I had in my hands was totally different from the actual contract in force at the time.
I’m not going to open the link you sent. I really don’t care what she says. If you think you’re looking at “factual” information, I don’t think I can convince you otherwise. You’ll just have to learn for yourself the hard way like I did.
As far as the Coliseum goes, there are serious issues that are being addressed. I’m not at liberty to discuss the details because it involves legal matters. You can rest assured that the Council isn’t nearly as stupid as Diane implies.
So, are you at liberty now to say what was done Joni? Your email is from October of 2015. My lawsuit against the City and CIAM was filed in August of 2015. Obviously the City did nothing, they were waiting for the contract to expire. Meanwhile, taxpayers were robbed. Prove the Council isn’t as stupid as “Diane implies”.
More charges were filed yesterday against Bart Rogers. I hope that means the 3 underlings are flipping on Butler and Rogers to save themselves..
If any money could have been traced to David Hales he would have been charged. Being incompetent isn’t a chargeable offense. If it was, not only Hales but most of the Council would be facing charges too. Theft was allowed to happen because the Council played bobble-head to David Hales instead of representing the citizens of Bloomington. Any theft of taxpayer money rests with the Council who failed to represent you while lavishing Hales with raises. Once elected, Council members are conned by the staff to okay whatever is presented. Joni Painter proved she was.
If the incumbents are planning to run for reelection they need to be asked why citizens should vote for them when they failed in their duty to you. The people who have announced they are running will be no different. Bloomington needs concerned taxpayers on the Council, not bobble-heads.