The word “significantly” could be worth millions and millions of dollars.
Several people have asked me about the problem between the Coyotes and the City of Glendale. They are worried about the team moving, about how it affects Westgate and about their taxes.
I asked them, “Have you read the law? They say, ‘What law?’”
This is all about did the Coyotes break the law? If you have not read the law, here it is.
ARS 38-511 A: “The state, its political subdivision or any department or agency of either may, within three years after its execution, cancel any contract, without penalty or further obligation, made by the state, its political subdivisions, or any of the departments or agencies of either if any person significantly involved in initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting or creating the contract on behalf of the state, its political subdivision or any of the departments or agencies of either is, at any time while the contract or any extension of the contract is in effect, an employee or agent of any other party to the contract in any capacity or a consultant to any other party of the contract with respect to the subject matter or the contract.”
There is no doubt that former City Attorney Craig Tindall and Julie Frisoni worked for the city and left to work for the Coyotes well within the three-year limit set by law, The only real question is did they “significantly” work on the Coyotes contract? That word significantly will be debated for months.
I was able to read a copy of Glendale’s 80-page response to the temporary restraining order and Glendale makes a very good case; they have backed up their case with emails. The city’s case looks strong. But I have never seen or heard the Coyotes’ defense.
I do wonder if former City Attorney Tindall gave the Coyotes bad legal advice when it came to hiring him. I have learned to never pass judgment until you have heard both sides of the case. Glendale at this time is asking for permission to stop making that quarterly payment of $3.75 million. The city makes the case that even if they win, the Coyotes might not be around to pay them back.
But stand by - the real fireworks are yet to come. The attorneys will get rich on this fight.
Lesson: John Paul Jones in 1779 said “I have not yet begun to fight.”