Sweet Ticket Deal
Then the deal was expanded to add 20 more tickets and premiere seating in a high priced box.
Bernalillo County quietly negotiated that upgrade for concerts at the Pavilion at Mesa del Sol in an unwritten deal more than a year ago, says County Commission Chairwoman Maggie Hart Stebbins.
State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, who took office just this year, said he would oppose any agreement in which the county received free tickets, especially if they were given in lieu of revenue that would otherwise support public purposes. He said he glad the county halted the practice.
you want to go to a show, buy tickets, Powell said.
Stebbins said she learned of the unwritten deal this spring.
cheap ray bans Before that, she said, she knew about some of the tickets and even used some herself but she was led to believe the practice was limited and written into longtime agreements predating her tenure.
The county no longer accepts free tickets or parking passes to concerts at the Pavilion, which the county subleases to a private company, Live Nation. Tickets range in price, but can top $100.
The state Land Office owns the land beneath the Pavilion, which is why the state is involved in the arrangement.
era of handshake deals is over, Stebbins said Tuesday in an interview. inappropriate. From now on, we want everything on paper and on the books.
Stebbins said the county had a long standing arrangement, since the 1990s, in which the operator of the concert Pavilion provided about a dozen free tickets to the county.
But the deal was expanded without being put in writing in 2009 or 2010, she said, with about 20 more tickets and a box provided to the county manager office for each concert.
deal was negotiated, certainly, without my knowledge, Stebbins said Tuesday.
Exactly who did know about it
cheap ray bans is unclear.
Then County Manager Thaddeus Lucero, for his part, said that whatever tickets he received were passed on to county employees. But it wasn kept secret from the Land Office or anyone else, he said.
was no deception on anybody part,
cheap ray bans Lucero said.
He said he wasn part of the negotiation with Live Nation and wasn sure whether the agreement was in writing. Lucero, who now works for the Mid Region Council of Governments, referred further questions to the county Legal Department.
County Attorney Jeff Landers, meanwhile, said his office had no involvement in negotiations about free tickets when the sublease was being renegotiated. His office worked with Live Nation to update its sublease agreement in 2009 and but most of the conversation focused on how to calculate rental payments.
Under a previous arrangement, which was in writing, the tickets were part of the compensation to the county for traffic services, Landers said.
One aspect of the new deal touched on tickets for county employees, but they weren free tickets, Landers said. Employees had to pay for them, and there was some discussion over how far in advance the employees had to buy tickets before they were released to the general public. Landers provided a letter between the county and Live Nation that showed the company expected county employees to pay for the tickets, not get them for free.
The state Land Office objected to even the paid for tickets, so it was removed from the deal, Landers said.
If there was a side deal for free tickets, Landers said, weren involved in any of those discussions, and he said his office never received any.
In any case, Live Nation pays cash for the traffic control services. Under one of the old agreements, it could have deducted the cost of the free tickets for its cash payments to the county, but it apparently never did so, according to the county.
Stebbins said she doesn believe Live Nation liked giving out free tickets, either.
comment to us was, like to have this arrangement in writing. So, yes, they were uncomfortable with the existing arrangement, Stebbins said.
The county Public Information Department received and distributed the tickets.
The Journal was unable to reach a Live Nation spokesman Tuesday afternoon.
Stebbins acknowledges that she went to a couple of concerts last year
cheap ray bans with tickets the county gave to her, as did other county officials. Most of the tickets she received, she said, were given to others or to charities.Articles Connexes：