Hard to imagine that Phoenix wouldn't attract soccer tournaments without Neely's trip, given that voters spent nearly $25 million for the Reach 11 Sports Complex. The 77-acre soccer facility, with 20 lighted soccer fields and 2,200 parking spaces, is a major selling point.

Also, Tom Mendoth, U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Tournament coordinator, says political courting has nothing to do with a city's landing the next regional tournament.

Cities that want to host the event must submit bids and offer presentations to the tournament's board, Mendoth says. "There's no political aspect to this at all," he adds.

Phoenix officials have a luxury suite at their disposal, and they use it without having their names revealed in city records.
Phoenix officials have a luxury suite at their disposal, and they use it without having their names revealed in city records.

Neely stayed at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort on Waikiki Beach.

A resort official told New Times that she stayed in a Banyan Ocean suite, a room that presently is going for $2,800 a night. But Eric Berger, the resort's general manager, apparently gave Neely a special rate of $220 a night.

She also enjoyed some pricey meals — $46 king crab legs, a single dinner with a tab of $68.42 after tax and tip. Another dinner, this one at the Cheesecake Factory, ended up at $46.63. She also dined on a $17 turkey sandwich, a $16 breakfast wrap, and $14 waffles in the hotel.

New Times requested information from the Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau on April 1 to find out whether it has paid for similar getaways for other public officials. No records have yet been provided.

Cavazos says he doesn't see a problem with public officials using the US Airways Center luxury box two or three times a year.

"If they're in there every week, then obviously it's a problem," he says.

It's interesting to note that while Cavazos was deputy city manager and attended the 2006 Suns playoffs games, he did so after he was disciplined for abusing city travel funds. Among his improprieties was spending thousands of dollars on business-class airfare on overseas trips, instead of flying coach.

Cavazos spent more than $8,300 of city money on roundtrip business-class airfare to England, France, and Holland in 2002. Then-Governor Janet Napolitano flew coach roundtrip and spent $567.50 of state money for one leg of the same trip. If she had attended the entire trip, presumably the cost would have been about $1,700.

A 2006 disciplinary letter to Cavazos, quoted in the Arizona Republic, noted that he "showed a disregard for [his] fiduciary responsibilities as a management representative" and that he "set the tone that allowed [his] subordinate staff to also inappropriately use city funds."

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FRIENDORLOVER
FRIENDORLOVER

WOW I SHOULD BECOME A POLITICIAN...WHAT REALLY SUXS IS POLITICIANS LIVE THE GOOD LIFE..BUT PEOPLE LIKE MY GIRL FRIEND WHO HAS Acute lymphoblastic leukemiaA TYPE OF CANCER,SHE CANT WORK BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF CHEMO MEDS (GLEVAC) SHE IS TAKING AND IS DENIED SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY..

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FRIENDORLOVER@YAHOO.COM

WOW I SHOULD BECOME A POLITICIAN...WHAT REALLY SUXS IS POLITICIANS LIVE THE GOOD LIFE..BUT PEOPLE LIKE MY GIRL FRIEND WHO HAS Acute lymphoblastic leukemiaA TYPE OF CANCER,SHE CANT WORK BECAUSE OF THEY CHEMO MEDS (GLEVAC)SHE CANT WORK,BUT IS BEING DENIED SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY..

Phxtrio
Phxtrio

what in the world is wrong with everyone. They micromanage everything else in the City and do not accept accountability for themselves

SCURVY WAFERS
SCURVY WAFERS

typical. the snarky elitist and thier 'do as i say, not as i do' paradigm. and we actually VOTE for these chumps? time to rewrite the rules, throw the parasites out of office and DEMAND POLITICAL TRANSPARANCY. only then will you get the 'CHANGE' you seek. until then, stop complaining cos nothing is going to be any different at any time soon

tom
tom

If I " borrowed" other people's money, used it for these luxuries to make me appear wealthier. I would go to prison for felony burglary and you would not see or hear from me for a long time. Where is our gun ho Sherriff Joe to catch these criminal thugs..

CORRUPTED & DISGUSTED!
CORRUPTED & DISGUSTED!

Where is the surprise or revealing shock?? Government is CORRUPT!! Throw the bums out is right! Transparency? What a joke! Start at the top to cut the budget! Government is fat and distrustful! That is right, the people in government are the corrupted ones and elitist!

sacmando
sacmando

Time to throw ALL the bums out.

Neely, Maddox & Cavazos what a bunch of clowns!

How stupid or greedy do you have to be to pull this crap!!

Unbelievable contempt for each and every taxpayer.

Coz
Coz

Ahhh...Maricopa County, the land of the have and have not. Politicians have and get it all and the tax payers, as usual, get fucked.

Coz
Coz

Neely is just another political HACK.

Coz
Coz

But of course, what did you expect from those that write the self serving rules.

Steve
Steve

Nice...the chief retires, keeps his bloated pension and nothing happends to him.....what a joke....that why the citizens dont respect the Phoenix Police

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Former Republican
Former Republican

Will not support Peggy Neely. It's time to clean house in Phoenix.

Guest
Guest

Rugged idividualism has degenerated into "self help' and wide spread thievery.Keep voting loosers and sqaundrels in.......good job citizens of Phoenix.Congratulations."'

Clif Freedman
Clif Freedman

Peggy Neely will NEVER be elected Mayor of Phoenix. As a trusted representative of District 2 she violated her fiduciary obligation to her electors. She has "sold out" to commercial interests like Westcor. She has a clear conflict of interest by having Paul Gilbert, a zoning attorney for Westcor on her campaign staff helping to raise money for her failed bid for Mayor. As head of Transportation for the City of Phoenix as a City Council member, Peggy Neely gerrymandered Sonoran Blvd, a road that was supposed to link the new 303-loop east to Route 51. Upon information and belief she was paid off by Westcor with the help of attorney Paul Gilbert to not only change the name of Sonoran Blvd but to actually build the road so that it aligns with Westcor's property in Northern Phoenix and NOT Route 303. This, of course, enhances the value of Westcor's 80 acre commercial parcel of property. Why is this important? Because now motorists who are traveling on the new extension of 303 won't be able to travel east of I-17 to get to Route 51. Peggy Neely for political purposes "broke" the loop and has caused motorists irreparable harm. Not only that but because of her blind ambition to become Mayor, the road Peggy Neely is building, the NEW Sonoran Blvd., will dead end in a Phoenix residential community causing massive traffic and confusion for NOT only the local residents but for the folks who will be traveling WEST from North Scottsdale, Cave Creek Road area, and Carefree who think they are going to I-17 or 303. They will dead end at the intersection of North Valley Parkway and the NEW Neely Sonoran Blvd. This is called the Road To Nowhere. However, there a simple solution, build the Road To Somewhere. The Road To Somewhere is where the road was originally supposed to be built. This road is ONE mile south of the Neely-Westcor Freeway and perfectly aligns with the new Route 303. In fact, there is funding for this road and not for the Neely-Westcor Road. I am President of the Sonoran Citizens Improvement Association. My name is Clif Freedman. See www.sornorancitizens.com

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Unfortunately we can't fire these lying, low life dick heads. What can we do? Who's in charge of policing these jerk offs and making them pay for their criminal misdeeds? Would that be the Arizona State Attorney General's Office? I think that's a possibility. Just having some other department tell them they've been bad and not to do it again is ludicrous. I give the New Times credit for pursuing these people as they continue to lie in public and guaranteeing their place in hell if there is one. They have no conscience because they're psychopaths in their natural position of fleecing the public's money. What marvelous leaders and role models they are for us all. They are all interchangeable. There's no difference between them except for the amount they've defrauded from the public. The best liars go the furthest. Look at who leads our nation. That is the best sock puppet we've had in awhile. Did you know he and his wife swam in the Gulf of Mexico to show how safe and non toxic it is? Of course he did...didn't he?

81 Mesa Arizona
81 Mesa Arizona

most of the people you speak of are clean cut short haired white males. you cant trust guys like that. not even Donald Trump. or Sheriff Joe.

Anon
Anon

Accidently hit the "like" button. This is an Arizona issue not a national issue.

Guest23
Guest23

Arizona passing the anti-immigration bill influenced other states to do the same... as well as the bill making a law that only the federal govt can make... which makes it a national issue.

 
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