So did anybody stay up last night to wait on news about the Glendale, Arizona council meeting on the Phoenix Coyotes lease? Whattaya mean, there was a basketball game on?
Anyway, it sounds like the response to the prospective new owners’ plan to have Glendale give them $15 million a year for the next 15 years, and for them in exchange to accept $15 million a year for the next 15 years, didn’t go over all that well:
One council member left the closed-door briefing early, saying prospective Coyotes owner Renaissance Sports & Entertainment was getting preferential treatment by her colleagues.
“I couldn’t take it anymore,” Councilwoman Norma Alvarez said as she made an early departure from the executive session.
Okay, Alvarez was already counted as one of the seven-member council’s likely three no votes. What about Gary Sherwood, Manny Martinez and Yvonne Knaack, the three likely yes votes, and Mayor Jerry Weiers, considered the swing vote?
According to Fox Sports Arizona:
“What I thought would happen, happened,” Sherwood said. “When you go through some of the deal points, I thought there would be a hang up or two, and there were.
“But I think they are easily overcome, and I think there will be another meeting this week. I’m optimistic because I think that what we need to do is pretty simplistic and it’s easily doable.”
And according to the Arizona Republic:
After hours of meetings in private, Councilman Manny Martinez said, “We had long discussions as you can see, because we’re just now getting out, but we just don’t have the right decision yet.”
Martinez said the council will likely not vote on the matter during its next scheduled voting meeting on Tuesday. All the council members have questions about the proposal, he said.
Mayor Jerry Weiers said, “There’s been no decision made by the council, so right now, that’s all I can tell you.”
That’s right, the Arizona Republic is resorting to reporting non-statements by the mayor, because the council meeting was held behind closed doors. Because they don’t want anyone to know what they’re talking about until they’re good and ready. Except, presumably, the NSA, because they have nothing to hide from them.
UPDATE: According to Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan, there could be another closed-door meeting this Friday, with public discussion on June 25, and a vote possibly on June 28 or July 2. No word on how the public will know what to discuss when what’s being voted on remains a secret, but you know, people can usually find something to talk about. The weather is always good.