I See What You Did There

June 15, 2010 at 1:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I don’t really have a problem with Mike Foley’s office auditing the Haymarket arena project from the start. The increased oversight will be welcome, in fact. Foley made the same point I have made that the so-called independent oversight board keeping watch over the project isn’t really independent at all.

I do wonder, however, why the State Auditor is so concerned about a local project like this one. Did he find things during his Antelope Valley Project audit that suggested this project wouldn’t go well? Does he have a beef with the project? Does he have a beef with one or more of the major players? Is he worried he wasn’t getting enough camera time? Those questions sound accusatory and really they aren’t intended to be. I’m just trying to understand why this project merits such strict scrutiny so early in the process. Foley’s decision indicates a lack of trust. Whom doesn’t he trust, and why?

Perhaps some of you have some insight into this. What’s your take?

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Gene June 16, 2010 at 1:00pm

I agree that it’s probably a good idea. There were some issues the Antelope Valley audit raised regarding the awarding of projects that the city will want to avoid here. Considering the trepidation that a lot of people had about whether the project is going to be on budget and whether property taxes will be needed, a clean audit report from the APA would likely build some voter confidence in the project.

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