N. Foley 
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Re: “The Jail Break

The City messed up, but procurement rules are draconian and not transparent. It is easy to blame them for a mistake, but the process puts them in a hole to begin with, though the procurement office might try to follow the rules, the Mayor's folks are able to twist their arm to get their way--for good and for bad.

Everyone should question the merit of having the single most heavily weighted factor in a $100+ million decision to build something that must last 50 years and function perfectly be the color of the someone's skin involved with constructing it? Do you want 30% of the judgement on who the best firm for the job to go to someone who is not familiar with construction, civil engineering or development?

Would you make 30% of the decision on who to roof your house based on what they looked like?

Race and economic status are correlated, but they are not the same. The best way to achieve economic equality for and self sufficiency in all populations is not through procurement policies--maybe once, but not now. More gains can be made per dollar through other programs and policies.

In general it would be better if the Mayor's office was completely separated from capital projects so that these things would occur on schedule, not altered by budgets or elections, and would also reflect the community's needs and asset's useful life.

Contractor's will always fight for projects, but there is a substantiated reason for new request for bid submissions to go out, or at least, to refund a portion of funds to the others.

The long view would have been to put the jail elsewhere and let the growth from Downtown and Shockoe continue to creep outward. Understandably no mayor wants to build a jail or take the political fire which comes from having to decide where to locate one.

Mayor Jones, gets a C, average job, average execution, average foresight.

Posted by N. Foley on 07/22/2011 at 3:17 PM

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