Suttle’s hasn’t been subtle (yuk yuk yuk) when talking about his interest in challenging Fahey for the Mayor’s office in 2009. But when he stood out in front of Rosenblatt yesterday, he pretty much guaranteed that he won’t be siphoning away any serious votes from Fahey come primary time next year.
Suttle’s “plan” for Rosenblatt is to have a five-county wide tax — including Nebraska and Iowa counties — to make major improvements to Rosenblatt over the next twenty years or so. So, just to be clear, Suttle’s plan is for the people of Herman and Blair, Nebraska and Neola and Pacific Junction, Iowa to pay for Omaha’s new baseball stadium.
This of course was greeted with laughter and derision by mayors and representatives and elected officials of all types. (Though those standing out in the cold near 13th Street with Suttle started chanting “Yes-we-can!” We’re fairly sure this must involve Hope! and Change!)
So the next time anyone gets serious about suggesting that Jim Suttle should be the Mayor of Omaha, a quick reference to Councilman Kookypants’ little plan should take care of that.
And on the topic of realistic decisions regarding the stadium, it will be interesting to see what happens with the current Hal Daub-initiated plan of putting a new stadium north of Cuming street in the present UP yards. Anyone who has driven by there can see that there is an abundance of space and that it would be easily accessible from the Old Market and beyond.
It does sound like it would be more expensive in the short run, but in the long run, doesn’t this seem like a much better solution than jamming it in with the Qwest? The fact that going to an event down there right now can mean up to an hour to park is ridiculous. Spreading things out has to be considered.
On questionable thing is the potential view of the storage tanks just to the northeast, but we would guess that would be addressed in any planning. We doubt that anyone would let ESPN’s view of the Zoo’s dome be replaced by those.