The City of Glendale (COG) returned to Maricopa Superior Court yesterday to attempt to convince Judge Dawn Bergin to amend the temporary restraining order (TRO) she imposed on June 12th. The city asked the court to either let it not make its 3.75 million dollar lease payment due on July 1st, or failing that, to allow the city to put the money in an escrow account.
If the court forces Glendale to make the payment, the city is asking for the Coyotes bond in the case to be raised to four million dollars from the original bond of two hundred fifty thousand dollars, so the money is secured if the city wins the case.
Below are links to the motion and the exhibits Glendale submitted to the court. We have reorganized the exhibits into chronological order, added in a number of links to help flesh out the timeline, and attempted to provide a bit of context for each.
EXHIBIT B – April , 2010, MOU between IceEdge and the City
The original MOU document submitted by IceEdge and worked on by then COG Attorney, Craig Tindall.
Tindall's discussion of the Reinsdorf Deal with Anthony LeBlanc and a "gag order" on Daryl Jones.
Discussion about working out a deal with Steve E. (We assume this refers to former Coyotes owner Steve Ellman). We also assume the Grant referred to in the correspondence by LeBlanc is attorney Grant Woods.
Tindall and LeBlanc mostly talking about another potential investment deal, but briefly mention the IceEdge Deal.
Tindall and LeBlanc discuss the weather, Leblanc's failed attempt to get elected in a provincial election, and a possible re-entry into the Coyotes deal.
Tindall and LeBlanc schedule to meet for coffee.
Lakehead Yale Sports Holdings (what was then IceEdge) now discuss a "Plan B" for the arena.
An email from former Mayor Scruggs, trying to setup an Executive session to discuss "Plan B". This is essentially a follow-up chain to Exhibit M.
Tindall and LeBlanc discuss football.
Tindall resigns as Glendale's attorney.
And in paragraph six, the city "hereby waives any conflict..."
Ice Arizona begins working on the deal.
The First mention of Renaissance, the group which eventually becomes Ice Arizona. No mention of Tindall.
Deal comparison points forwarded to COG council member Gary Sherwood from then COG Communications Director Julie Frisoni.
Talking points sent to COG Council member Sam Chavira.
Deal crafted between the dates of May 28th 2013 and June 27th 2013.
The "Smoking gun" email (as some have called it). Tindall had long since resigned but was still on retainer, he responds to an email on two deal points.
More talking points relayed to members of city council, this time from Westgate merchants.
A forward of an amended agreement to two CMs
Mayor Weiers and Vice Mayor Hugh were both 'Nay' votes.
The complaint was brought forward by former council member Phil Lieberman.
Tindall provides guidance after the deal was approved, but not closed from a financial standpoint.
"Is it going to create problems? I hope not," Weiers said.
She was previously the city's communications manager.
The interim tag gets removed.
"Frisoni said she is leaving to start her own public relations company."
Frisoni was hired as an independent consultant due to her experience with NCAA and Superbowl bids.
The summary minutes of the special voting meeting to discontinue their agreement with IceArizona by a vote of 5-2.
The judge grants the temporary restraining order (TRO).
We will have more detailed analysis of the content of these emails and their implications on the case IceArizona has against the City over the next few days. But we won't get any more formal clarity on this issues at hand until the two sides meet again in Maricopa County Superior Court at the end of June.