Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller moved transportation projects, were donors retaliated against?

PIMA-COUNTY-ROAD-SCANDAL-400In Pima County, there are no coincidences, but there is incompetence

On Friday, a Tucson tabloid, best known as the spot to find the latest and greatest in sex toys and services, published a map showing Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller’s home in an apparent effort to intimidate and smear her. Miller’s fellow board member, Ramon Valadez, participated in the effort by telling the name of a street that borders her property.

The hit piece was part of a calculated and continuing campaign to terrorize the supervisor and her supporters and rile up the rabble. Just this month, Miller’s staff had to call security to remove a man, who was angry over a sensational piece done about office furniture. The residents and elected officials in Southern Arizona have grown concerned and sensitive about her health and welfare after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and the killing of so many.

A crack tabloid reporter made the claim that Miller had changed the County’s plan for road repairs in her District to accommodate her own home. The crack reporter then wrote a follow up story alleging that “the road project also benefited her political allies and contributors.”

Miller jokes around after tripping on a pothole.
Miller jokes around after tripping on a pothole.

Had the crack reporter visited the scene of the alleged corruption, he would have found that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, he may have uncovered a scandal, but not the one he was shooting for. It seems as if repairs stop almost immediately on the road in front of the entrances to the donors’ homes, and new paving begins again past their homes.

In other words, a fraction of the failing road was not repaired. That fraction runs from a few yards before the road that leads to two donors’ subdivision and ends before the third donor’s home.

One of the residents and Miller supporter, Sherese Steffens said, “That reporter, if you can call him that, should have come out here and taken a look before he took the unsubstantiated leap. He would have found corruption, for sure, but not the corruption he claims. Maybe that is why he didn’t come. He didn’t want to tell the truth. The truth is, it appears that we have been retaliated against and most certainly, not rewarded for our support of the transparency and accountability Miller is fighting for.”

While Miller was out on Saturday investigating the reporter’s claims and meeting with ADI, she fell after tripping over a gaping road hole in the vicinity of her donor’s home. It was precisely that kind of danger which drove Miller to request that the County make repairs to that road. She had also received calls, letters, and a petition about the road in question.

With those requests in mind and the news of a $6 million Notice of Claim by the Pima County Deputy Administrator (the number two man behind Huckelberry) for injuries he incurred on a County road, Miller sought to have the failed road repaired rather than the County’s plan for her district. That plan would have provided only patching in her district, while the other districts’ road would have received mill/fills and two inch overlay.

Contrary to the other supervisors’ claims, each of their districts will or have received road repairs this year. In District 3 (the Tucson Mountain Subdivision), in District 4 (the Ventura Subdivision), and in District 5 (the Mountain Gardens Subdivision) have road repairs planned. Supervisor Miller is the only one during this fiscal cycle, who had to request to receive additional road repairs.

Miller has made herself a target for tabloid reporters and her fellow Board members after exposing some of the County’s shadier dealings and asking tough questions.

It was her questions about the County’s plan to move a road near the Raytheon plant at last Tuesday’s Board meeting that set about the most egregious and blatant retaliatory attack to date. Miller questioned why the County administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, was asking for another $12 million to move the Hughes Access Road.

Miller noted that Raytheon did not send any representatives to the meeting to request the road change. In fact, the only verifiable comment about the road was made in a letter dating back to 2006 by a vice-president in response to a letter by Huckelberry, in which he proposes the Hughes Access realignment.

While the proposed realignment would move the road closer to land recently purchased by the county from a Huckelberry crony, according to Miller, it appears it would do little for Raytheon. Miller points out that Raytheon has, since 2006, built a new complex in Alabama at their own expense of $300 million and has not expanded in the County. Miller says that instead of spending $12 million plus on a road that is questionable, the County should use the money to rebuild its failing streets. It should be noted that Miller has been fighting to stop a lawsuit against Raytheon initiated by the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 2009. This lawsuit is ongoing and yet to be settled against the areas largest private employer.

Miller asked the audience at Tuesday’s meeting if any Raytheon employees were in attendance to support the road. None came forward. She asked if any of her fellow supervisors had recently heard from any Raytheon representatives in favor of the road. None answered in the affirmative.

In retaliation for her expression of concern, Miller’s four fellow Board members moved to reallocated monies for road repairs in her district to road repairs in Supervisor Ray Carroll’s district.

The attack continued in a column in the Arizona Daily Star, in which a member of the small staff wrote that it was Miller who needed to learn to get along with the county crew. That was followed by the Friday afternoon online hit piece which said that that Miller “moved the money away from major arterial roads and to her own priorities.”

The crack journalist concluded, “One of those priorities—and the one project that got done before the remainder of the District 1 funding was moved to Colossal Cave Road…As it turns out, that road happens to be just a block from Miller’s own home.”

The crack reporter was assisted by Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez, who gives a quote that just happens to be even more specific about the location of Miller’s home. The reporter in this instance, appears to have an obsession with Miller that began long ago in the primary race.

pima-county-road-scandal-overviewAt the urging of family and friends, Miller contacted the Sheriff’s department to simply advise them of the very public notice and ask for their advice on how best to protect herself from the crazies, who might use the new information to harass her or cause her and her family harm. Miller is obviously concerned now that her fellow Supervisor Ramon Valadez has not only participated in the hit piece but also noted the street she lived on with a map highlighting her property.

The crack reporter, Jim Nintzel, wrote that he “learned that the road project also benefited her political allies and contributors.” He noted that Miller collected $1,080 from three residents in the vicinity of the road way, to which one donor responded in the comment section below the tale, “It just so happens that XXX Road in front of my house, Steffens and Jimenez’s didn’t get paved. It was conveniently stopped just before the driveway to Steffens and Jimenez’s house. So maybe you should get your facts straight before you print a hit piece. And in case you also didn’t check out the facts, we pay pima county property taxes and a lot of them. Was stopping the paving before our houses political retribution for our support of Ally? Looks that way doesn’t it..”

In his follow-up piece about the alleged favoritism shown to Miller’s donors, Nintzel failed to mention that late last year, one of Valadez’s campaign donors, Gabe Loyola, was awarded a $40K contract with the County for consulting services. Loyola, from Phoenix, held a fundraiser with Dan Eckstrom for both Richard Elias and Valadez.

Editor’s note: According to sources, the property in question was recently annexed by the Town of Marana, which might explain why the road repair was not completed in front of the donors’ properties. There is no explanation forthcoming as to why the crack reporter failed to visit the scene before making the claim that Miller’s supporters somehow benefitted from their donations. In light of the concentrated targeting on Miller and her supporters, there is little wonder why her neighbors might have thought that they had been targeted by the County.

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27 Comments

  1. Miller has inserted herself into an evil empire. Everyone I know is sick of this “Supervisory” group and the ADI where “Crack Reporter” carries a different meaning. ADI and this crooked Board are one in the same! Just the same Chicago type politics as their leader, Obama. No one is watching out for the people. When was the last time you heard something good being said about what they accomplish? I hate to see my taxes used against my own needs and beliefs. This is clear obvious harassing right in front of our faces! About her safety concerns regarding her home and family, Ally would only need to ask once for volunteer security and I’m sure she would be overwhelmed with offers. In my opinion this is a Cartel group that needs to be removed and taken out of power!

      • I actually believe the Tucson Weekly is the home of the reporter on crack (whoops, I mean the “crack reporter”).

        I figured that out from the reference to their advertising base. Pick up an issue someday for an education that you probably do not want.

  2. Ray Carroll brought his Chigao Style politics with him and fit right in with the Democrats in Tucson.

    Conner arent you being a litthard on the Arizona Daily Independent (ADI) for Reporting the Truth. You may be tired of it but it is still there until they are recalled or Voted Out.

  3. Actually Conner I think the ADI is doing the right thing reporting on the Misdeeds of the BOS,CO
    T, TUSD and when other media such as the weekly and Arizona Daily Star “ADS” get it wrong.

  4. Ramon Valadez has a special $7 million dollar “fund” of money from the 1997 $350 Million bond election that had a list of specific projects…a special fund for Dist 2 was not on the list.. Why is this money being kept is a special fund for District 2?
    It is time that money was taken away and allocated equitably between the 5 districts.
    I’d also like to note that Gabe Loyola who does fund raisers for the Valadez/Elias team has received multiple 40K contracts over the years…this is not his first one. Miller was the first one ever to question why the county was paying an out of town person to do this job…
    Valadez has participated in putting Millers address and location of her home on a map…this is despicable…and we do know it will now cost the taxpayers alot of money for constant protection for Miller and her family. Nice job valdez…and your side kick nintzel…you make a good team.

    • It’s also interesting that they are apparently in Marana now. Want to bet that Dupnik will claim it is out of the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction?

  5. It’s no secret that you have to BUY good government. I thought we all learned that from the Clintons. Or was it oppose me and you die? I forget.

  6. This is absolutely a cartel attack on Supervisor Miller and her supporters. The graft & corruption in Pima County gov’t is rampant, and the tax-dollar beneficiaries will fight to protect it.

    It will be interesting to see how, or if, the Ray Carroll County GOP Chairman reacts to this personal attack on Republican Supervisor Miller and her conservative supporters.

    It will be interesting to see how the Ray Carroll morning talk show host “stimulates” his tiny audience to spin this outrageous retaliatory jihadi attack, in between his juvenile & banal bathroom jokes.

    The only humor to be found is in calling the author of the incendiary hit piece for that birdcage liner a “reporter.” That is total fiction.

    Thank you Supervisor Miller, for your courageous work on our behalf. Thank you ADI for keeping the spotlights focused on these sewer rats and parasites, and their cronies in the “media.”

    God bless America.

  7. These corrupt folks who are supposed ‘leaders’ of the community need to be VOTED OUT as soon as possible. The problem is that most have ‘D’s’ behind their names and we all know that means they have a lifetime of employment in baja az. This stuff has gone on for years, it has been brought to the attention of the ‘voters’ many times and still they reign! As to all carrying the D behind their name carrol is a D masking as a RINO to try and stay elected. He talks a good story while doing just as he pleases or as he is told by his handlers. And just think, the greedyhalfas have nothing on these guys. He sits at a higher supposedly level at the public tit and his daughter is being groomed to follow in his tracks. No wonder they want an illiterate ignorant population in baja az. Its just like their homeland, keep the ignorant down and tell them what and when to vote for someone/something. Yet the other people are just aas dumb if not dumber for letting them get away with it. Supposedly the arrested a ‘cartel’ leader, just wonder if he got on the bad side of the greedyhalfas and got snitched on??

  8. If I were to become engaged in trafficking drugs, I would encourage the local Government to deter all jobs, increase taxes on citizens, provide an under payed and under staffed law enforcement, make it an outrage for law enforcement to question illegal activity and encourage a system of Government dependency. I would attempt to create a system of Government that would mirror what the Pima County Democrats have created.

  9. I don’t live in Miller’s District, but my hats off to her. She has entered the world of “group think” created by Huckleberry over many years.

    Mr. Valadez, Interesting that there is that lovely, little used new park on 22nd Street that just happens to back up to the home of one of his staffers parent’s home.

    Funny Pima County’s rush to buy Crony Diamond’s contaminated land near Raytheon. Miller and other SUPs should be asking what guarantee Pima County will have that Raytheon will stay in Tucson after spending $12M of taxpayer money to move the road and the additional $4M for the Diamond land. Shouldn’t there be some agreement with Raytheon before spending the money? (Remember Diamond’s VP getting on the GMAC so that she could vote to use state general funds to buy their land in the DM SE corridor.)

    I went up to Miller at one of the few SUP meetings I have ever attended to thank her for her efforts at transparency. She said I represent ALL Pima County residents.

    There is an ethics problem in Pima County. I hope Miller brings it to light. She needs support.

    • Thank you for that interesting information Sally….I did ask alot of questions regarding that 12 mil. I asked if there were any reps from Raytheon….crickets. I asked if any of the other board members had been contacted by Raytheon…crickets. I was not contacted by the. We are the 5 people who vote…the video is on my facebook page and website. Thank you for exposing tht park….very interesting. I am sure there is alot more of this stuff and we need folks to send that information to us.
      Thank you for Your support and I really appreciate your comments.

  10. Actually, they should have “C”s behind their names for Communists. According to Trevor Loudon’s new book “The Enemies Within – Communists, Socialists & Progressives in the US Congress” :On 9/15/10, key attendees for a reception in support of Sunnyside Unified School District Board member & Communist affiliate Eva Carillo Dong included: Dan Eckstrom, Supervisor Elias, TUS City Council Members Richard Fimbres & Regina Romero, Adelita Grijalva,.. The Facebook snapshot is shown on Pg 184.
    Ms Dong was at the more recent campaign fundraiser for Valadez & Elias along with Gabe Loyola.
    Clearly there are reasons for all these attacks on Supervisor Miller & I thank ADI for setting the record straight. Apparently they are the only reporters who do their homework.

  11. Amen Sally, when you have not one but two writers(?) and one hack at the Weekly going after a Supervisor that is trying to shine the light of day on all the malfeasance and misfeasance and just gross incompetence demonstrated so brilliantly by the remaining 4 BOS and their little leader Chuckles (I’ve never met a tax dollar I couldn’t spend) Huckelberry you know that she is doing the job that District 1 elected her to do. Wonder how much tax money D1 pays annually to the lackeys at the BOS?? Bet is way more than every other district. Anyone got the figures? Keep up the good fight. Its way past time to disinfect Pima County politics and send the GOB’s packing.

  12. Wow, I bet if Sally did a bit more digging, there are other things about Valdez that would surface. Time to put the word out, Let see what pops out. And while we are at it, let go after all of them, since now we have learn about the Communist information. They are scary persons.

  13. Looks to me that the person who is suing Pima County tax payors didn’t want the road fixed, or he would have had it fixed. This was probably his way of getting a nice retirement at the expense of the Pima County tax payors. After all, someone stated in a bike group that the Pima County Board of Supervisors takes care of their own and the number 2 man, under Mr. Hukelberry is the one who is suing . I was told this does not go to court but the Board of Supervisors decide how much he gets……..Little bit of Chicago politics?

  14. I think a very good case could be made of misogamy by the board as well as corruption. This is the worst in representative government, and classic for true statists, elites.

  15. My county roads are getting worse by the day. just wait until it rains. What a sad group of losers. I’m in Carrolls district and he has failed us.

  16. So this PROVES Pima County’s mis-management and the inability of the two jurisdictions to work together to take care of a road that is going to have thousands more road trips due to the two new malls and housing that Marana is approving right now. Why would Pima County pave this road instead of making Marana pave it since they will be getting the impact fees for all of these 6000 sq ft lots’ rooftops. So here is the mis-management by PIMA COUNTY!!!!! Why was there not an agreement with Marana? Oh yeah that’s right, because both jurisdictions are self serving children, unable to manage a project or the growth and work together for the taxpayer. So mis-management from PIMA COUNTY and mis-managment from MARANA. Neither one doing their jobs!

    So Nintzel, how did PIMA COUNTY screw up so badly. A real reporter would have had the real story. Chuck, your guys said you were really pissed off! Well you should be, your buddy Nintzel just highlited your “MIS MANAGEMENT”, because I can’t believe you are that incompetent.

  17. Landed back in Tucson Sunday from Reno/Tahoe where the roads are fantastic. Got on Valencia and thought my truck would be torn apart. Did I land in Mexico? Yep – well as close to it as possible, Tucson. What a disgrace.

    • Yes, you may as well have landed in Mexico because the area politicians are treating Southern AZ as if it were part of that sewer. That’s exactly the way they want it, rife with corruption and incompetence. I worked in the area of Valencia and Country Club for years and when I saw that Valencia Road was deteriorating so badly I raised the question about repairing it to my “representatives” only to be met with, “Well, it isn’t that bad.” and, “It’s on the list.” All ridiculous answers to a serious problem that continues to this day. The correct answer should have been, “It’s on the wrong side of town.” At least that’s a more realistic reply.

  18. Time to see what the Goldwater Institute can do for us, with specific goals of ” woodshedding Huckelberry.” Bound to be a case of discrimination in this mess somewhere.

  19. Nintzel’s obsession with Miller is epic. Legendary in this town. What is his deal? Does Chuck pay him on the side? Does he want a job when the Weekly finally goes under? He secretly desires her? Sick bastard.

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