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News - May 10, 2017

Union-backed bill to cut government contract work draws ire

by Kate Bradshaw

A California Assembly bill, backed by government unions, that would set limits on how cities contract for services has drawn vehement opposition, and some support, from Menlo Park residents who emailed the City Council in recent days.

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Posted by wil turlock
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm

I support the passage of AB 1250. The government has created multi-million dollar contracts and agreements with private and non-profit sector organizations for work that they once performed themselves. Foster Care contracts in Los Angeles County exceed $25,000 PER MONTH, PER CHILD after the passage of AB403 and new entities called STRTP's were developed. The rate is over $12,000 per month for AFDC-FC and additional $10,000 in DMH and mental health services.

Furthermore, this huge WASTE of tax payer money is without any valid reason or stats to show it will benefit foster youth. Additional EXPENSIVE services are being shoved down the throats of foster youth simply in order to BILL for services provided, even if not needed!! It also creates a massive conflict of interest and fraud loopholes when these private organizations are funded to keep foster youth in placement rather than reunification with family. Kids are being kept apart from family in a conspiracy by the County and these private businesses who are being paid to keep kids in their placements.

PLEASE PASS AB 1250 and stop this government waste and abuse. Counties waste millions on questionable contracts and then millions more to oversee them. Foster care was once provided directly by the government (County) but over the years, now it has become almost entirely a private industry filled with abuse, financial malfeasance and mismanagement. WHY ARE TAX DOLLARS BEING ALLOWED TO BE MISUSED and thrown out the window in this irresponsible manner.

PASS AB1250 and STOP State and Counties from contracting with private and non-profit entities for work THEIR MASSIVE EMPLOYEE ROSTER should be performing itself. County Foster Care and Children's Services employees are the laziest on the planet!!

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Especially with the massive time bomb of CalPERS, we should give cities the flexibility to do what's right for the taxpayers. This often includes using contractors, particularly for specialized needs, temporary staffing, or anything that can be done in a more cost effective way. Anything else is irresponsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm

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