The lawsuit Chris Thieneman wants to file against the city over the Cordish Company’s $950,000 loan is ready. This morning the South End activist told media and a few dozen supporters that he would wait a few days, max, for attorney general Jack Conway’s long-awaited opinion on the matter.
“We’ll see if he’s really a tough son of a bitch,” Thieneman said of Conway, who got a request for an opinion on the use of funds on December 11.
According to Thieneman, Hal Heiner placed a phone call to him this week requesting that Thieneman delay legal action against the city until Conway issues his report. Heiner told Thieneman he expected the report by Friday.
In the press conference, Thieneman brought up other transparency issues, and singled out Metro Council president David Tandy for working to defeat Senate bill 80 in the last legislative session in Frankfort, and for signing a confidentiality agreement with Cordish when he visited its Baltimore offices a few weeks ago.
In the unfiled lawsuit, Thieneman questions the authority of Mayor Jerry Abramson to transfer funds issued for one project to another — which is what Abramson did when he granted Cordish the money originally intended for a national seafood chain in the Starks Building.
The suit asks if the city auditor can agree to a “confidential” audit which is not available to the public.
Elsewhere in the suit, the transfer of revenue from Louisville Slugger Field to the Downtown Development Corporation is questioned. Finally, the suit asks for a judgement from the court and a reimbursement of attorney fees.
Thieneman said he represents an organization called the Small Business Alliance, a group of small business owners.