4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Stages of corruption

Former Old Globe managing director Doug Evans, who stirred controversy here when he touted popular drama over the traditional Shakespearean fare expected by local audiences, is causing consternation in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Under Evans, San Diego's Globe stripped the gift shop and hired a former marketing executive from Walt Disney Company, whose "Experience the Magic" ticket-sales campaign was widely regarded as a flop. Also during his reign, the theater complex was attacked for conducting a secret $50 million fundraising effort during 2001 to boost its endowment. Part of that effort resulted in the Old Globe being renamed "Globe Theatres." That caused some disgruntled patrons to allege that rich donors were trying to buy control of the dramatic content of plays seen here. Evans was particularly close to Harvey White, Globe-board chairman and wealthy CEO of Leap Wireless, a Qualcomm spin-off and onetime stock-market darling that later came crashing back to earth during the dot-com bust. Now Evans, who departed in February of last year to become Connecticut's state arts commissioner under his friend Governor John Rowland, is facing scrutiny for his ties to TBI construction, a firm run by the Tomasso brothers of New Britain. Evans, who received $200,000 a year, plus a $34,500 annual expense account at the Globe, is now paid only $86,990 in his state job, according to the Hartford Courant. But it turns out that Evans has been moonlighting in both positions. Shortly after he arrived in San Diego, the paper says, he began getting $5000 a month from the Tomassos, who have a contract to manage the $120 million restoration of the Palace Theatre complex in Waterbury. Evans only quit receiving the stipend earlier this month, after Rowland's former deputy chief of staff pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting cash and gold bullion for steering millions of dollars in state work to Tomasso companies. It's also been revealed that Rowland himself got heavily discounted vacations at various Tomasso properties. Federal investigators are said to be looking into a raft of other questionable Tomasso construction deals. A company spokesman told the paper that Evans was retained because "We wanted to go with a leader in the industry," adding that Evans got a total of $180,000 for his consulting work. Evans maintains that his connection to the Tomasso brothers did not represent a conflict of interest because the Palace Theatre would not be eligible to receive state arts money until two years after it opens in the fall of 2004. He told the paper that he disclosed the payments to the governor and got an okay. He added that the Tomasso firm was his only "paid client" in Connecticut but that he sometimes conducts workshops for out-of-state arts groups.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Parking tickets return to places like Normal Heights

"I had a neighbor threaten me"

Former Old Globe managing director Doug Evans, who stirred controversy here when he touted popular drama over the traditional Shakespearean fare expected by local audiences, is causing consternation in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Under Evans, San Diego's Globe stripped the gift shop and hired a former marketing executive from Walt Disney Company, whose "Experience the Magic" ticket-sales campaign was widely regarded as a flop. Also during his reign, the theater complex was attacked for conducting a secret $50 million fundraising effort during 2001 to boost its endowment. Part of that effort resulted in the Old Globe being renamed "Globe Theatres." That caused some disgruntled patrons to allege that rich donors were trying to buy control of the dramatic content of plays seen here. Evans was particularly close to Harvey White, Globe-board chairman and wealthy CEO of Leap Wireless, a Qualcomm spin-off and onetime stock-market darling that later came crashing back to earth during the dot-com bust. Now Evans, who departed in February of last year to become Connecticut's state arts commissioner under his friend Governor John Rowland, is facing scrutiny for his ties to TBI construction, a firm run by the Tomasso brothers of New Britain. Evans, who received $200,000 a year, plus a $34,500 annual expense account at the Globe, is now paid only $86,990 in his state job, according to the Hartford Courant. But it turns out that Evans has been moonlighting in both positions. Shortly after he arrived in San Diego, the paper says, he began getting $5000 a month from the Tomassos, who have a contract to manage the $120 million restoration of the Palace Theatre complex in Waterbury. Evans only quit receiving the stipend earlier this month, after Rowland's former deputy chief of staff pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting cash and gold bullion for steering millions of dollars in state work to Tomasso companies. It's also been revealed that Rowland himself got heavily discounted vacations at various Tomasso properties. Federal investigators are said to be looking into a raft of other questionable Tomasso construction deals. A company spokesman told the paper that Evans was retained because "We wanted to go with a leader in the industry," adding that Evans got a total of $180,000 for his consulting work. Evans maintains that his connection to the Tomasso brothers did not represent a conflict of interest because the Palace Theatre would not be eligible to receive state arts money until two years after it opens in the fall of 2004. He told the paper that he disclosed the payments to the governor and got an okay. He added that the Tomasso firm was his only "paid client" in Connecticut but that he sometimes conducts workshops for out-of-state arts groups.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Generation Z at war with Millennials — who cares?

That’s so Gen X of you
Next Article

Balifornia

“I was so upset over how things were going here, it was disturbing to my psyche.”
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close