|Ralph Garcia Toledo|
No, I don't think we have lobbyist gatekeepers, like the 3 above for example, because I heard that the Mayor has instituted a new protocol for those visiting the 29th floor. The visitors must have an appointment and an escort to bring them to who they are going to see. I also heard they needed a name tag...not sure. Good for the Mayor!!! He should be the only gatekeeper. The reason for this new policy...I know the piece of the puzzle but let the Miami Herald report it....after confirming with the Mayor.
It all has to do with this, read the article at this link:
The mayor requested the ethics opinion in September, after his office put together a draft memo to restart the bid because CH2M may have had an unfair advantage. The memo was never sent. Both firms have hired lobbyists close to the mayor.
Joe Centorino, executive director of the Commission on Ethics & Public Trust, said allowing one of the two bidders, CH2M Hill, to directly contact members of a selection committee to submit more than 400 pages of additional documents “contributed to a serious public trust problem with this solicitation.”
But Centorino did not accuse CH2M of any wrongdoing, laying the blame on ambiguous county guidelines. And he stopped short of saying that the county throw out the bids.
The question now is: What will Mayor Carlos Gimenez do?Joe I don't think you are right. The problem now is, CH2M did the 400 pages fixing deficiencies they had in their bid with the advantage of knowing what ACEOM was doing. Now to rebid it or accept a bid that has been changed based on new information, would be giving an advantage for the company that created a "Serious Public Trust Problem." This is a $1.6 billion dollar contract (stupidly with no sea level rise contingency). Big bucks are at stake. CH2M should have gone through procurement not gone directly to the selection committee. Who knows what they gave the selection committee in those packages? They could have had Godiva gift cards embedded in the paperwork. Miguel DeGrandy is representing ACEOM. He must be mad.
To add to this mess, CH2M hired Mike Shehadeh in Septemeber. He is Commissioner Lynda Bell's former city Manager in Homestead. They are still close friends. Have they been talking?? I am sure the whole thing is Lynda Bell's fault somehow. Shehadeh was seen around Homestead with Mark Bell.
This is a big story and I only know the half of it.
Here is a conflicting Ethics report (from Centorino's) from Professor Anthony Alfieri founding director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law (Page 6 was particularly interesting):
12. CONCLUSION For the reasons stated above, in my opinion: (a) an integrity problem is created when a proposer communicates directly with each selection committee member during the evaluation process after the proposals are received, opened and made public; (b) following the public opening and distribution of competitive proposals, it is inappropriate to allow a proposer to supplement its original submittal to include additional information and staff credentials directly to selection committee members prior to the selection meeting; and (c) there is an integrity and competitive advantage problem created when a proposer submits a supplemental submittal to include a substantial amount of additional new information. I hold this opinion to a reasonable certainty.