Skip to comments.CA: Mayor demands answers on botched city contract (from City Manager of San Jose)
Posted on 01/14/2005 9:37:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge
San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales said Thursday that he has demanded City Manager Del Borgsdorf explain what he and others in his office knew of concerns about favoritism in a multimillion-dollar technology contract after an independent investigator this week concluded all of Borgsdorf's aides knew and the city manager himself ``more likely than not'' also had been briefed.
Borgsdorf for months has denied that he or any member of his staff had been warned of serious legal problems with an $8 million contract to install Cisco Systems equipment in the new City Hall. However, an independent investigator said Tuesday that Borgsdorf's aides not only had known about the concerns, but for months had failed to disclose what they knew. The investigator also said it was improbable that one of them had not told Borgsdorf of the brewing problem that is now poised to cost taxpayers an extra $3 million.
``The questions now are probably obvious,'' Gonzales said. ``There's a central question of who knew what when, and I want a better response to that. I've provided him an additional opportunity to respond with the objective that we can get to the end of this and move forward.''
Tom Manheim, the city's public outreach officer and Borgsdorf's spokesman, said the city manager was working hard on the mayor's request, but he offered no timetable for when Borgsdorf might respond, or whether the city manager would make his answers public.
(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...
What was the nature of the contract?
And how was it botched?
(I used to negotiate contracts with the
City of San Jose so I have a personal
interest in this)
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