|City up to it's old bag of tricks again|
The Laredo Morning Times is reporting this morning:
Months after bids were first sought for the item, City of Laredo staff will recommend Monday that the management and operation of two refrigerated inspection facilities be awarded to Garros Services.
The firm is a partnership among custom brokers Eduardo Garza Robles, Raquel San Miguel and Jose Salvador Rosas Quintanilla.
Garros received the high score in a staff evaluation over a firm headed by former Councilman Jose Valdez and a firm based in Pharr.
“They’ve got (more than) 100 years of experience,” said Assistant City Manager Jesus Olivares, who rakes in about $140,000 a year of taxpayer's money. Olivares continued
“They have very strong financial backing. The management plan that was presented by them was very professionally done and basically within line with the industry.”
Olivares sat on a staff scoring committee with Finance Director Rosario Cabello, Bridge Director Mario Maldonado and Purchasing Director Francisco Meza.
OK, Let's review that:
Olivares claims that Garros has 100 years experience? How's that? Does it consist of 10 employees with 10 years experience in the import/export industry? How many years, if any, do they have in managing a cold-storage center at an international bridge?
Olivares claims that they have very strong financial backing. Well, if the city is going to let them manage a multi-million dollar facility that was paid for with tax-payer money, then- yes, that's very good financial backing.
Olivares claims that the plan presented by them was very professionally done and basically within line with the industry. This means nothing at all. It's only Olivare's opinion of "professionally done". The same goes with "It was within line with the industry"; that means nothing either.
The scoring committee was made up of Olivares, and three other city department directors. What do they all have in common, the only one who can fire them is the city manager. What are the chances that any of them will actually recommend anything other than what the city manager wants?
The city council should table this item and send it back to the drawing board. This is a blatant mis-use of taxpayer money for the purposes of rewarding a privileged few.