Friday, February 4, 2011
Are cockroaches building the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum?
As explained in prior posts, the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (that displaces the mineral museum) has been cloaked in near total secrecy. Planning of sorts had been underway for about a year and a half, but publicity has consisted of brief and vague articles in the Arizona Republic and one in the Arizona Business Gazette. After the Governor’s presentation to a by invitation only group about a year ago, the Governor’s office did post a press release on their website. Curiously, the story did not appear in the media. Was it a dull and uninteresting release, or did the release not actually get to the media?
If anything, the secrecy is deepening. A short paragraph about the centennial museum was on the Arizona Centennial Commissions website. Now, that is gone. That’s very strange for a “number one signature project”. People who call the Arizona Centennial Commission for information about the centennial museum are told the Governor will not allow them to talk about it. Absolutely nothing is happening or said where it can be seen or heard.
Since nothing is happening in sunlight, either nothing is happening or the centennial museum is being built by cockroaches working in total darkness. However, that is not stopping taxpayer dollars from being diverted to the centennial museum. Close watch of the house and senate (even in daylight) is revealing that. As one example, a senate committee voting on a bill to partially fund the centennial museum with special license plate fees was recently assured that plans are complete and pledges have been received for a significant portion of the required funds.
Do the centennial museum promoters understand the difference between concept sketches (which accompanied the press release) and plans? If there really are plans, why cannot the people of Arizona see the plans? Why do mineral museum volunteers who worked for decades building displays have to wait month after month with no word of what will happen to those displays?
Just exactly how does a secret fund drive take place? Have the Governor’s “fund raisers” been shaking down Arizona business in the shadows? Do the pledges gathered thus far represent protection money?
One of the first ground rules for Arizona Centennial Commission sanctioned projects (according to their website) is that they have community “buy in”.
Why is the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (their own “signature project”) such and exception?
Note: The Governor's press release promised that "no public funds" would be used for the centennial museum.