Pima Supervisors Vote To Pay Sun Corridor For Jobs Out Of The County

On Monday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, on a 4-1 vote, agreed to provide $650,000 to Sun Corridor for economic development services. The contract with the organization grew this year from $441,000.

Before voting on the contract, Supervisor Ally Miller asked a series of question of Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry because Sun Corridor head Joe Snell had already fled the room. When asked by Miller what the other participating counties; Pinal, Cochise, and Santa Cruz, would be paying Sun Corridor for services, Huckelberry claimed ignorance. Miller then advised Huckelberry that she had contacted Pinal County. She revealed that while Pima County will be paying Sun Corridor the six figure amount, Pinal County, will only pay $50,000 for the same services.

In a memo discussing the contract, Huckelberry wrote to the supervisors: “The County is agnostic as to where new jobs and economic opportunities are located, provided they are within Pima County or on the boundary of Pima County where our residents will substantially benefit from those opportunities.”

As residents of the eighth poorest metropolitan area in the country, it is unlikely Pima County taxpayers would support picking up the bulk of the tab for economic development in Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties. However, only Miller cast a “no” vote.

Miller also questioned documents related to the Sun Corridor deal. Miller explained that the attachment to the proposal claimed that Sun Corridor, formerly known as TREO, had generated $384,000,000 in economic development in five years. However on the last page of the same attachment, the organization claimed it had generated $875,000,000 in the same amount of time.

Remarkably, Huckleberry told Miller that the larger amount was correct. In fact, in his own memo Huckelberry claimed that Sun Corridor/TREO had a $2.43 billion economic and fiscal impact on southern Arizona.

During the Call to the Audience portion of the meeting, Supervisor Sharon Bronson was serenaded by Board gadfly Keith van Heyningen. “I am glad to see Ray stepping down finally but I am here with a shopping list,” began van Heyningen. “I want to keep Ally Miller where she is at. I want to elect Kim Demarco for District 3. I want to elect Marla Closen in District 4. I don’t want puppets. It has been proven through email leaks – be it nationwide or right here in Pima County – and God I love FOIA requests.  We have two people that are carpet baggers. Steve Christy and John Winchester are carpet baggers, period. Put there by the machine. All you have to do is listen to your local media, then listen to Pima County media. It’s the same. If we elected two more good women to this Board we would have a three – two majority. Then the old boy’s club would have to change because there would be no more Huckleberry and these guys’ attitudes would have to change something fierce. I would like to see it. I’d think that angels would be flying around.”

“Are you guys making a landing strip for a space shuttle I don’t know about? Looks like about eight miles or longer, eight lanes wide and looks like it goes about twenty miles out to the Ryan Airfield,” continued van Heyningen referring to the supervisors’ apparent decision to ignore promises they made to residents to oppose the proposed I-11 Highway. “Or is that for that Highway 11 thing nobody wants? I mean it is just going right through the desert, nobody cares right?”

The highway route would harm area residents, and bypass Tucson which would devastate its economy.

Van Heyningen concluded by taking a jab at Supervisor Sharon Bronson, who recently destroyed a County owned vehicle, during a recent storm when she ignored roadway warning signs. He sang,  “Sharon went surfing, surfing USA.”

The supervisors also increased the Fire District Assistance tax on a 3-2 vote..

10 Comments

  1. Change out the board, and we can fire king Huckster.
    Tax money should be treated with respect. It’s the people’s money, except in Pima county. Where collected funds are viewed as endless, to be used to line the pockets of friends with favors.
    The votes are always the same, 4-1. I wonder which four need to go to help Chuckles to the unemployment line?
    Until the voters of this county start voting for substance over a “D” this is never going to change, NEVER!!!!!

  2. We absolutely can and will do better by re-electing Ally Miller in District 1, electing Kim DeMarco in District 3, and electing me (John Backer) for District 4.

  3. Social media can get 1,000 people in Milwaukee to rob, loot and burn businesses, in 30 minutes. Pima County can’t motivate enough voters to turn these liars, crooks and thieves out of public office. Charges must be filed for criminal activities. Please keep digging.

  4. Hank… I totally agree with you about the local media. Except for a certain morning radio show on 1030 AM, the rest are pretty much in the bag for the status quo. Just compare this article to the way it’s written in the ADS.

    In the end remember that the Bonds went down in flames, which they are still fighting mad about, and pray that the same sentiment carries on through to November. Oh, and before you label me a “no growther”, it was the distrust, continued waste, and cronyism of Pima County that brought them down.

  5. To all the previous writers, thanks for your continued efforts to dethrone the king. I hope you are all reposting these articles on your facebook page and asking your friends to do the same. Together we’re stronger. This is our only chance for the next 4 years.

  6. We, the taxpayers of this county and state have been trying for years to get rid of the scum that rule over us, but no matter what is said here NOTHING will be accomplished. It is and is not because of know nothing voters (those that vote party line only are mainly at fault), but where is the word getting out on the sleaze these guys ooze? There is not a credible news source that has not been bought by the political morons. The star, the local tv stations all are in the pockets of the entrenched. ADI tries and has many who say they want change, but nothing happens to correspond to the writers found here. The local talk show is ??. Many say how good it is but who has time to listen to the same ol same ol everyday?

    People want change yet they claim they cant vote for someone from the outside because, the media has convinced them that they are out of step with reality if they do. Hitlery is responsible for the problems, but she will be the answer accordingt o the MSM! How can that be? She has been bought and sold so many times like bho we dont know who is the controlling interest. Trump is I dont know an outsider but sometimes its like he really does not care, but still he is the only one not bought and sold that we know of. Why do you think the r’s are voting for hitlery? Its not because she is the better candidate, its basically because she will maintain the status quo and not rock the boat for them. Pima county is is just the bottom of the pond locally but is actually very representative of the whole system in general. Vote them all out and start all over, it cant be any worse now can it?

  7. They know what they have been doing. None of them feel any threats because of uninformed voters. Just like not investigating Bronson for her accident. One thing I do know is I will leave the county as soon as I can. Change is needed but I don’t feel it will happen even though now is the best chance for it!

    • Susan, we have a stake in Pima County. Getting involved will elevate your life to a huge degree. Fight side by side with other citizens who care. Change does not happen by chance. Get out there and work for candidates, donate to their campaigns and defend our rights as Pima County taxpayers. We cannot allow this corruption to continue!

  8. Dittos on the comment by jdfast. Stupid is as stupid does. The only people stupider than Stupid Motorist Sharon Bronson are the people who voted for her.

  9. Joe Snell has the sweetest deal in the world doesn’t he. He is buds with Huckelberry and that is all that matters. The arrogance of this man and Huckelberry simply amazes me. Yea, lets help to develop jobs in adjoining counties so that they get all the tax money and some of our county residents might get a job. If that statement in itself isn’t enough to get that man fired I don’t know what is. But then he has his 4 votes and knows it. How utterly pathetic this board is. No investigation in a supervisor that destroyed county property, the sheriffs office under investigation by the FBI, no plans to fix any of the crappy roads in the county and the largest public relations department in captivity to bail the bobble heads out and spin every negative in to a positive. SSDD in Pima County politics. And I didn’t even mention the county lobbyist who is making a cool 260K to help influence the state to raise our gasoline taxes and influence our local elections by picking crony candidates. The cesspool continues to grow and it stinks worse every day.

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