In comments I am being accused of favoring AECOM. Probably Lynda or the Lobbyists. I have no favorite in this race. If offered a bribe maybe I would. I was waiting for some Heat tickets but they never arrived from either side. Anyway, I do not like the mixing of numbers with initials, it is confusing CH2M. Aside from that not much to say about them.
I do know Peter Hernandez head of AECOM. I corrected him at a meeting years ago, when he was city manager, saying that Arthur Lamb Jr. Road on Virginia Key is not called "Sewer Road." He was calling it "Sewer Road." He was not very happy with me. Other than that we have not ever talked. Maybe "hello". My spouse worked for him briefly years ago. I do think he is a good man but I do not know his qualifications for this bid. Nor do I know CH2M's qualifications. I just know something happened that may not have been kosher. I think it put the Mayor in a hard place (that is why he asked for all these ethics opinions) and I think he is trying to make right of it. Some say he should divide the work between the two companies (I think it was Barbara Jordan, at the meeting Lynda Bell said she was "concerned" 14 times in less than 3 minutes).
Anyway I have no leg in this race. I have nothing to gain, I just feel something went on that made the Mayor uncomfortable and me as well. This is too big a contract to not do right by it ($1.6 billion and don't think it won't skyrocket). It is like the Shrink Wrap contract. I had no leg in that race either but there was controversy.
In my blog of November 11th I think the Ethicist Anthony Alfieri made a compelling argument. You can read it in the post.
I even made a video of Anthony Alfieri talking about Moral Hazard. That is how impressed I was with him.
I have lost faith in our ethics department to find anything NOT OKAY. However they did say:
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.”
Also the acting OIG said:
They don't sound real sure nothing was wrong. So fuck all of you who are accusing me of favoring one company over the other. This is a $1.6 Billion dollar contract. Let's do the right thing. On Lynda Bell, I accept that I do not favor her, but on this one - let's do it right.