Net...Yes, Len…From my read of the budget, I DO believe park money is being misspent.
Just a couple of things in the budget that jumped out at me…
- A contract with Forde & Mollrich for “public information & outreach” (the no-bid PR contract) that totals $564,000 and includes specifically $339,000 for three Quarterly Outreach Reports (especially since the Annual Outreach Report, which one can only assume is more extensive than mere quarterly reports, is only $90K) and $50,000 for a “Groundbreaking Event.” For what I assume, is having some balloons, a couple of shovels, maybe a high school band, and a photographer or two, fifty grand seems more than a little out of line for a bunch of politicians to have their pics taken holding shovels wearing hard hats and silly grins.
- Another line items that raised a question in my mind is the $800,000 for “offices and office supplies for staff & directors” Don’t tell me that each of the five Irvine City Council members that are Directors of the GPC and who have offices in their Taj on Alton also need to have GPC offices somewhere else? And $800K??? Those are some damn nice digs for a construction office!
- What in the world is $243,250 in “Site visits, seminars and workshops for Board and staff” all about? Remember, this is just for this next year! Where are Agran & Co. planning to go?
I’m asking other readers to take a look through the document and comment here on their take on the issue or write-in to the Register, Times, Business Journal or Weekly. Even better would be to take their feelings directly to the next meeting of the Irvine City Council or GPC.
Finally, to Len…Do I think Dick Sim was right? Damn right I do!