Engineered profits

The Times reported the following in their Wednesday, August 18, 2015 edition:

The city recently hired two engineering and consulting firms — HNTB and Freese and Nichols — to assess the department’s policies and procedures, and to manage the Metropolitan Planning Organization submittal process for transportation projects.

Lombraña said both firms would be eligible to bid for contracts in the future if the city decides to outsource work previously overseen by city engineers–even if the recommendation to do so comes from the firms themselves.

Searching the city council agendas we got no results for either a contract with HNTB or Freese and Nichols, so we cannot report any of the financial details.

Being able to bid on projects that they themselves recommend be taken to bid must be sweet.

We deserve better

Brutus

3 Responses to Engineered profits

  1. Reality Checker says:

    Speaking of what is going on at City Hall, if you want to attend the mayor’s upcoming “State of the City” address, you’ll have to pony up $70 to get in. It’s a private event hosted by the Chamber. One would think the state of the city event would be an event than anyone could attend without paying an admission fee. Yet another dumb decision that leads people to believe that city government isn’t open to everyone.

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  2. Business as usual. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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  3. James says:

    Looks like what the City is projecting to outside entities is, come on down, we have this vast amount of tax revenue we can spend as we wish. Our taxpayers can be levied increases to cover all special interest whimsical projects. As long as voters are told money spent “should” or “could” have results, it doesn’t matter if results are ever realized.

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