- Caught Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on the Abdul show this morning. When asked about the ACS parking deal, the Mayor emphasized that a major, if not THE major, reason to do the deal is that the $35 million up front payment could be used for downtown infrastructure improvements before the 2012 Super Bowl. I seem to recall Candidate Ballard in 2007 talking about how this City spends too much on professional sports. And now the Mayor wants to mortgage the next fifty years to get upfront cash so the City looks nice and presentable for one football game?
- ACS has been working hard to get African-American councilors to vote for the deal, extolling the minority hiring it plans to do.
- Turns out the 200 new, non-parking jobs the administration is bragging that ACS had agreed to bring to the City as part of the deal isn't actually in the contract. When this fact was uncovered, City officials responded that they can't put the ACS job pledge in the contract because the contract deals with parking. I assume this is being said with a straight face and not horrible legal advice. Of course they could put it in the contract - there are many non-parking items in the contract, such as the requirement that ACS develop a battery recycling program.. But hey, let's not the truth get in the way, right? You make the job program a separate written pledge by ACS and it is unenforcable from a legal standpoint because there is no consideration for the promise. The parking contract also has an incorporation clause (attorneys will know what that means), which would preclude anything the parking deal from providing the necessary consideration for the job pledge.
- ACS is bragging about how they already have two Democrats in the company's pocket for the vote on the parking deal. Not sure which two, but I'll bet the family farm that Jackie Nytes is one of them.
- Abdul mentioned this morning that he doesn't think people in Indianapolis have the "collective intelligence" to pull off a conspiracy. At the same time, he has been suggesting that much of the anti-IMPD sentiment is being secretly orchestrated by the Melina Kennedy's mayoral campaign as part of a carefully orchestrated plan (can't say "conspiracy") to undermine the Ballard administration.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
It's About the Superbowl, Stupid!
Some quick tidbits this morning: