Have you ever heard of Bombardier Transportation? Didn’t think so.
For starters, the Montréal, Québec-based company has recently been awarded a $260 million contract by the City of Phoenix. They are contracted to build a sky train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, linking the airport terminals to the light rail, the rental car center and airport parking — a project scheduled for completion by 2020.
But even before the contract was awarded, Bombardier hired Phoenix-based Policy Development Group to help guide them through the bid process. And a wise move it was, given that the principles would certainly have an inside track — since the company is run by none other than Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s sister and brother-in-law, Gail Gordon and Ron Ober.
Pretty cozy arrangement.
Bombardier also hired Phoenix International Consultants, led by Ronnie Lopez, who chaired election campaigns for both the mayor and Councilman Claude Mattox.
Meanwhile, contract competitor Sumitomo brought on former Phoenix firefighters union President Billy Shields, a close friend and fundraiser of Gordon, who now runs lobbying firm Shields Consulting/Public Policy Partners.
And speaking of firefighters, it’s worth noting that Maria Baier, Phil Gordon’s hand picked and personally endorsed District 3 city council person is the sister of Fire Chief Bob Khan, positioned to vote for pay increases for her own brother and his union. Baier is also notable for appearing on the endorsement list of Republicans for Janet — Arizona’s liberal former governor, now doing her part to keep the borders porous for the Obama administration.
The daily has the complete article regarding the contracts that is worth reading — if you can keep the players straight. The juicy information is tucked away under this likely intended-to-be-overlooked headline: Phoenix City Council to award Sky Train contract.