Our city council held another one of its special meetings February 8, 2015.
No video of the meeting appears to be on the city’s web site so we cannot see who said what.
One item on the agenda was to approve a contract extension with the company that manages our bus system.
According to the agenda our bus system manager was to make a presentation that included an evaluation of the contractor’s performance. This slide shows the evaluation factors:
Noticeably absent is any measure of the financial effectiveness of our bus system and its contractor. It is also interesting that they presented numbers about the number of complaints per 100,000 customers but did not present any information about complaints from people who are not customers.
They also were going to ask council for permission to add an assistant director for street car operations. The street car construction project is being managed by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA). Once the project is finished it is to be turned over to the city to operate. That should be sometime in 2018.
In the meantime Sun Metro sought council’s approval of a new position–assistant director for street car operations. This new person would be responsible for watching the CRRMA and making sure that they do things the way they are supposed to. The cost will be $149,500 per year.
We don’t need to worry about the hiring process. The bus system contractor already has someone that they want to fill the position.
Next we will probably hear about needing to hire someone to watch the watchers.
We deserve better