up the foundational thing like the pipes, the plumbing, the electrical work.
Yes, they are still building homes, but not necessarily rehabbing them. That
was like a year ago. She did not know that. It was helpful to have people
who know more than us and you to come in and speak about the bigger
issues. The broader issues and not be so micro-focused on particular
organizations. Let's talk about tourism in Allentown. Let's talk about what
industries have been hardest hit when it comes to tourism. Has it been the
arts, baseball stadiums? She stated that she does not know. That is a
much broader conversation so we can make more informed and
comprehensive decisions. It is not just base on the IronPigs are cool. They
are cool. That's nice. What about tourism in general? What it is a better
investment when it comes to tourism and the IronPigs.
Ms. Candida Affa stated that we all frown upon having individual
conversations with people that want to. She stated that she had a
conversation with Sherri Bender way before that. Now, we have to disclose
that. Mr. Finley called her up and she is sure called other people up. She
stated that they are frowning upon that because they want them to come
and tell Council how much the Pigs need the money, why they need the
money, why it is important to have them. If someone individually talks to Ce
Ce or talks to Cynthia about these things. It is not collective. It is
something that we should not be doing. We are talking to an individual that
has a lot to do with this and persuading us. This is why we did what we did
so we can as a group listen to it and have these categories and not talk to
individuals. She stated that if Mr. Finley talk to us, she has to report this
that she had a conversation with him. That is the ordinance that we have
passed. We frowned upon doing that. We would rather have them come.
The citizens of Allentown many of them have no idea what the IronPigs do
for this city. She stated that she had people snicker, you are not going to
give them $1.5 million. Them coming in ang bragging about themselves
and telling us exactly what and it is also good for the public. If you go out
there and talk to as many people as she did, they laugh at the idea. This is
important for transparency. He came in last week and she stated oh my
God. She had no idea. She stated what Ce Ce said, Council just wants
all this information. We will never get $57 million again. They want to make
sure what they do is right. Tourism is very important. We don't know
important it is. We need facts and figures on how important is the
Nineteenth Street Theatre. How important are these things that we don't
even think about. If it is important for the IronPigs to come in and Mr. Finley
to come in.
Ms. Cynthia Mota stated that we are talking about DaVinci. We are not
talking about the IronPigs. We are on Bill 39.
Ms. Candida Affa stated that the purpose for them is that the want the
information. All the information that we can possibly get. There may be
three of them that don't want to give money and maybe four that wants to. It
is information, information, and information by experts.