- Susan Williams, President of the Indiana Sports Corporation came before the CIB asking for $150,000 for the Sports Corporation's general operating fund. Now why in the world should CIB be giving money for the operating fund of the non-profit corporation, especially since the Lucas Oil Stadium is "bleeding cash" and the CIB does not have the money to cover its operating expenses?
- During her presentation, Susan Williams again referred to the Indiana Sports Corporation as a "charity." I guess she believes if she repeats a lie enough people will start to believe it. The Sports Corporation is a non-profit corporation and not a "charity." I'm sure Williams knows the difference but she continues to mislead the public including the media. Fortunately most people in the media I have talked to are not buying her claim the Sports Corporation is a "charity."
- Susan Williams has a lot of nerve coming before the CIB asking for $150,000 in taxpayer money when she, working with the outgoing Peterson administration, screwed taxpayers out of millions of dollars on the sale of Pan Am Plaza by in late December of 2007 sneaking through a change in a 22 year old agreement.
- The CIB approved the Sports Corporation grant. However, to the benefit of board members, there seemed to be a growing reluctance to continue these payouts.
- During the meeting Barney Levengood, Executive Director of the CIB, talked about ways to spend the "CIB's money." No, Barney, that is taxpayer money.
- The meeting included a presentation from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The representative wanted to show what a great job they were doing around the city. Although this particular meeting was not a request for money, the Arts Council talked about appreciation for the past generosity of the CIB. Why in the heck is the CIB giving money to an arts organization?
An observation: The CIB really needs people on the Board who will be assertive and dare I say question some of the things Bob Grand and the CIB have done in the past and are likely to do in the future. Of course, that's probably why those kind of people are not on the Board.