Thursday, August 11, 2011

RFP Contracting Committees To Be Formed

Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell distributed a Press Release with the following title, "City to add employee association representatives to outsourcing process".


In a nutshell, in respon
se to a letter by Costa Mesa Employee Association President Helen Nenadal earlier this month, CEO Tom Hatch has formed Contracting Committees, that will include employee association representatives, to research the viability of outsourcing some City Services.

You can read the entire press release, including the attached letter to Nenadal and the city policy HERE.

The three Reque
sts for Proposals (RFP) that have been distributed, video production, animal control services and building inspection services, will be recalled and reviewed by the new committees, who "will explore the benefits of outsourcing each particular service."


There will also be a Contracting Committee established to review the RFP for jail operations that had been prepared by the Police Department staff.

It seems to
me that this is an excellent step - but one that should have been taken months ago. Had this plan been announced simultaneously with the announcement of the outsourcing plan it might have taken some of the sting out of that announcement. We'll never know. I'm looking forward to seeing just how this process plays out and hope that, with the calm deliberations by the committees, ways may be found to avoid outsourcing some or all of the operations previously announced for elimination.

I'll be unable to post comments for a few hours... be patient.

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Anonymous Repeat After Me said...

Charter City

8/11/2011 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous You don't say said...

Oh what is this? Another rule the council and their Hatch man ignored? Gee, knock me over with a feather.

8/11/2011 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Well I guess we are at the "Aim" part, of "Fire" "ready" ..."Aim".

What a waste of time, talent, and treasure this city has WASTED, just to satisfy the political whims of a few. Good going Riggy.
Hatch finally cried "Uncle" and realized that he can't run this city by himself.........he doesn't have the expertise , or the experience, the high priced consultants are just ex-public employees that in many cases don't have the same experience or expertise our current city already possesses, yet this is all they are working on.
I, for one, WAS always proud of our city, the way it was run, and the services I've recieved.........until it got broken.

8/11/2011 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

Orange County LAFCO (not a comedy club) held it's annual strategic planning session yesterday. As one of the elected commissioners to this agency I am here to report that in a few days there will be a section available for shared services among cities and special districts. This is an opportunity for cities and special districts to save money by contracting for services from other cities and special districts. It is also an opportunity for cities and special districts to raise revenues by providing services to other cities and special districts. Possible areas are animal control, meter reading, fleet maintenance, street sweeping etc. Many south counties are contract only cities and will also be providing contacts for the private companies they have been using successfully. LAFCO is committed to help provide efficiencies in government, help facilitate consolidations and annexations, and now will have a dynamic website for shared services. for info. The commission is made up of three OC Supervisors, three Mayors, three elected officials of special districts and two members of the public at large.

8/11/2011 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous fizzle out said...

Jim Fisler you are an idiot. You come on here and make generalizations about south county cities like they are at all comparable to Costa Mesa. Since you can't get it through your thick brainwashed skull I won't waste my time trying to break it down for you, but for everyone else feel free to look up the difference between master planned communities like those small towns in south county and the large city of Costa Mesa. While you are at it, feel free to peruse the differences between a general law city and a charter city. You Righeimer hangers on are pathetic.

8/12/2011 04:17:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

fizzle: the contacts for master planned community private firms would most likely benefit other cities set up the same way, to look into what firms other contract cities are doing. This website is not aimed at CM but all cities and special districts in OC. There may a good opportunity for CM to take on fleet maintenance from other cities and raise revenue since we have such great mechanics.

8/12/2011 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous junher said...

FYI Clubhouse Road and Tahiti Drive are closed today for road repairs.
Really? Of all the streets in Costa Mesa Mesa Verde is the spot that needs road repairs?

Unreal to say the least!

8/12/2011 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

fizzle out........Gericault "likes" this.

8/12/2011 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Re Fisler's "report":

Is he really a Riggmarshal supporter? If so, then
remind me to throw future real estate referrals to Torelli..

Since Monahan abdicated the CM mayorship, I presume he's not part of LAFCO?

8/12/2011 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous IrrrvineCo said...

On the money fizzle!

8/12/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger feral390 said...

More bungling by our unskilled, unethical and incompetent council. How much is this costing us?
And Fisler...any commission that is made up of 3 OC supervisors, 3 mayors, and 3 special district members would make me very very skeptical that they have my (or any other law abiding citizens) best interests in mind. Please peddle that south county comparison elsewhere.

8/12/2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Danny Boy said...

Jim Fisler's post is a sad commentary on how uneducated people are regarding the City of Costa Mesa. (Precisely the reason he was not given the chair of the Planning Commission.) Costa Mesa is a General Law City and as such, it must abide by and follow the rules of a General Law City. Righeimer, Mensinger, Bever and Monahan are playing by their own fast and furious rules and they are being shot down everytime. It is no surprise to anyone the stipulations by the code were not followed when the RFP's were issued this past week. Costa Mesa (or the citizens there of) are paying for the incompetence of the attorneys and the four bozos on the City Council. This is gone far beyond a Democrat vs Republican or Union vs. Citizens.. this is a game of Riggy/Mensinger vs. The Good Citizens of Costa Mesa and what needs to be done during a budget crisis.
Wouldn't it be better to talk about how things can be improved for all of us? Look at the budget and additional revenue options to see how City employees can keep their jobs, they and the City can invest in the community, and we can all benefit.

Or, on a larger scale, look at private business (the Council majority's model) where CEOs make 300-400 times the average salary of their employees. This is the recession that caused the fiscal crisis for the City, before which we didn't have a City budget problem. Where's the outrage against that? There may be a need to reform but let's at least keep it in perspective. (Thanks Perry) Recall is the only answer I see. RECALL!!

8/12/2011 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous sigmond said...

fizzle out: I read the "report" from and did not see the "generalizations" about south county cities and costa mesa like you claim he made. Now, whether Fisler is an idiot and pathetic as you claim, that is a purely subjective issue and some will agree and some disagree with your claim. But objectively speaking, you know, "facts", Fisler's post had no generalizations about contract cities and CM. Just wondering if your hate stemmed from seeing the words "shared services", "LAFCO", or Fisler's name? Exactly when did you see red and begin to hallucinate and start seeing things in the post that were not there? Or were you already hallucinating before you read the post? This is important to figure out so that a clinical diagnosis of your condition can be made quickly and help can be given to you as soon as possible. Wishing you a quick and successful recovery.

8/12/2011 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...

Gericault, how much of that treasure is tied up in lawsuits initiated by the OCEA (Repair Costa Mesa)?

8/12/2011 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...

Danny Boy, keep up the income disparity BS. The average Costa Mesa resident doesn't make as much as the average city employee. Are you a homeowner in Costa Mesa? Are you paying $5000/year or more for local government? I pay $500 per month in property taxes and 364 Costa Mesa employees made more than I did in 2010.

8/12/2011 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous McTavish said...

Oh Danny Boy, Oh Danny are right onnnn? (Sing along to the famous tune).

8/12/2011 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous still fizzlin said...

Dear Sigmond (Fissler's poor wife),
My response has little to do with a link provided and everything to do with what LAFCO is supposed to do government wise- something I have more expertise in than Fissler. The fact that Fissler has posted half truths and misrepresentations here and elsewhere while trying to make us believe they are truths because he sits on a board of politicians. Puh-lease I will go elsewhere if I need advice or an expert since anything out of his mouth cannot be believed even by a caveman.

8/12/2011 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous let's play fair said...

Really? Really?!?!?! You are comparing educated workers with the median income of the entire city? That is laughable since that median includes the unemployed, college students, and illegal immigrants. At least compare apples to apples. Let's start with people in the private sector with an MBA with their public sector equivalent MPA degree holders.

8/12/2011 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous ugh said...

Someone please explain to me why the city has hired attorneys who can't tell them when they are breaking the law? (I.E. RFP rules and a General Law City)

8/13/2011 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike 1 said...

Regardless, here's what we get if Riggy and Mensy's dream comes true. Central Falls, RI sounds swell.

8/13/2011 06:52:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Really?.......currently about $250,000 is set aside for the preliminary work but it could go into the millions, especially now that they "outsourced" the legal to a high priced San Fransisco Law firm.
All Righeimer had to do was follow the contracts and the law. He didn't and now here we are ........don't blame me for this. I told him this was going to happen if they did it this way, but they didn't listen.

8/13/2011 07:52:00 PM  

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