I am sure many of you have been reading Chianti Dan's "blog" with fervor and attentiveness. His words just flow with Bruin pride and convey his masterful vision for our Athletic program. Not.
What his blogs do convey, however, is how he, Chianti Dan Guerrero, is taking extremely good care of our programs, specifically our two revenue programs.
Why, he successfully led the charge for New Pauley, encasing an old stadium into glass walls, and masterfully raising funds without screwing students or season ticket holders. Right?
Oh, and he is also the mastermind behind the renovation of the Rose Bowl, the home of our UCLA football team.
At least that's what his "blog" says.
If Chianti Dan wants credit for getting the Rose Bowl renovated, then he should also get the blame for delays and for going over budget. It's only fair, isn't it?
Well, wouldn't you know it:
Rose Bowl officials may defer $14.3-million worth of work and seek a $28.6 million loan to help close what is now a $37.6-million gap between the cost of upgrading the venerable stadium and the funds available to pay for the work, officials said Saturday.
Oh noz! What happened?
The cost of the project is now pegged at $176.9 million, roughly $25 million more than originally estimated and $1.9 million more than expected as recently as a month ago. The endeavor was born with a $12-million deficit because a bond sale to launch the project brought in less revenue than expected.
So...he was right all along, it is indeed a Chianti Dan project! Nice work, Dan.
Here's the scary part:
Negotiations between the Rose Bowl Operating Co., the Tournament of Roses, and UCLA will determine what parts of the project are delayed.
Hmmm...I wonder who will get screwed...if we leave it up to Chianti Dan, the students will probably have to sit on concrete blocks...with nails sticking out of them.
Chianti Dan Guerrero, the Man behind the Rose Bowl renovation. Another proud achievement for UCLA Athletics.