Another View or the BoS’s Tourism Promotion Decision.

Russ Steele

Yuba Net is noted for their tilt to the left reporting in the community. This is what they had to say about the the lastest Board of Supervisor meeting and their deliberations on the tourism contacts.

BOS Resists Pressure from Right-Wing Activists, Nevada County BOS: Process:1 | Politics: 0

 By: YubaNet

 NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 26, 2011 – The Nevada County BOS disbursed funds to promote tourism and economic development in the county at yesterday’s meeting. Four of the five supervisors directed staff to draft a contract with the Regional Chambers of Commerce, effectively handing over $50,000 without a competitive bid. However, the highlight of the meeting, or some would say the low point, was a $20,000 contract for the county’s tourism website maintenance and expansion.

 Your can read the details observed through the violet glasses of the left HERE. The article concludes on the Pelline award issue :

A visibly irritated Ted Owens admitted to having his a** chapped by posts on Jeff Pelline’s personal blog, but that the proposal submitted by SFWA was the best. “This is politics, but I am not checking my integrity at the door.” He added that any county contract has provisions allowing for cancellation if problems arise.

Nate Beason, who announced his bid for a third term this morning, didn’t take kindly to being lectured on constitutional rights. “I spent 30 years defending the Constitution as an officer in the Navy. As a supervisor I also took an oath of office.” He proceeded to quote the French philosopher Voltaire: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” He said, “The First Amendment is to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech does not need protection. I believe staff and the subcommittee’s recommendation is the best.”

Terry Lamphier agreed with both Owens and Beason and added for the benefit of the ROAR members: “Free speech is a big part of American rights.”

The process — from requesting and vetting bids, to giving the public an opportunity to weigh in and then adopting a recommendation — worked. The BOS voted 5-0 to award the contract to SFWA and Blue Cat Design.

Now we have an opportunity to observe the ability of the SFWA and Blue Cat Design team to perform.  The Chamber thought that GroupOn would bring additional eyed to the tourism web site. You can follow the progress of the SFWA and Blue Cat Design effrot at the NC TOURISM navigation tab at the top of this page.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

28 Responses to Another View or the BoS’s Tourism Promotion Decision.

  1. RL Crabb says:

    Ain’t it ironic how the champion of journalistic integrity becomes silent when the issue feathers his own nest? Doesn’t sound like Barry and the Tea Party made any friends at thr Rude Center either. Ah, Nevada County politics…

    • Barry Pruett says:

      Actually Bob, the supervisors agreed with my comments and two of the supervisors thanked me for making them – one of them publicly during the meeting. So, I did not really know about what the local left is grandstanding…playing politics likely, but that is to be expected.

      I spoke with both Ed Scofield and Ted Owens after the meeting and they were pleased how it all worked out. I thought Alison Lehman gave a great explanation of the behind the scenes discussions between the Chambers and the staff at the county. You would have to watch the entire meeting to really see the true tone and tenor. It really was a great day for democracy. Despite what the local left says, you would have loved to have been there. Russ and George can tell you all abou it.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    Yeah, I’m sure y’all would have been just as enthusiastic about tourism money if the Pellines weren’t involved. Hey! I’ve got a slightly used covered bridge on the Yuba River for sale. Needs some TLC.

  3. Barry Pruett says:

    Bob: I have been working with the regional chambers on the funding issue for months. I also attended the BOS meeting when the chambers did their annual presentation a couple months ago. Jeff being involved was a coincidence that only occurred of late.

  4. steve enos says:

    The Yubanet story covers what happend very well. It also covers what really was going on regradless of how some try to spin the reality.

    The lady from “ROAR’ was a hoot! The Tea Party clan got a schooling by the BOS members. The video of that meeting should be available on line soon. It will live on forever.

  5. So you saw the meeting from your living room?

  6. Crabb, does the contract to Pelline’s company make him a “good ol’ boy” now? A crony capitalist?

  7. steve enos says:

    Todd, as I have
    said a number of times I watched the meeting live… got it?

    Todd, where you at the meeting, did you watch the meeting live?

    Todd your childish BS about this sure is a waste of time. Can’t you follow Russ’s request to stop your BS while posting here?

  8. steve enos says:

    Here’s the part where Yubanet covered Barry Purett’s comments to the BOS.

    It’s real clear. The Chamber wasn’t even in the running as they demanded an additional 20K over the budget amount for a “Groupon” effort or they would pull their proposal, whihc they did. Also the Chamber failed to respond to the selection committee follow up questions and their request for more information about their proposal… but Pruett demanded the Chamber be selected?

    More from the Yubanet story Russ partially posted above:

    “Barry Pruett, an unsuccessful candidate for Clerk-Recorder, is a member of the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots, according to his blog. He chastised the board for not picking the Joint Chambers proposal over SFWA’s: “The Chamber of Commerce is uniquely positioned to promote – without bias – all of the areas of tourism within Nevada County and thereby create jobs in Nevada County. He went on to describe the proposed action as “sending money down a ‘cul de sac”‘ with no clear long term plan and no vision,” referring to a lack of long-term planning. He said the Chambers’ bid was lower ($17,400) and wanted to know why the lowest bid wasn’t awarded the contract.”

    “County staff explained that the Chambers’ proposal had two components, one with a $20,000 Groupon module. When asked by staff if their proposal could be executed without the Groupon module, the Chambers decided to withdraw their proposal”.

  9. Russ says:

    Yea, it was a really bad move, the Chamber went in to the meeting empty handed and came out with $50K. One of the reasons that the Board decided to give the Joint Chamber the $50K with out an RFP was due inpart because Barry pointing out to the Board they failed to follow the $90K strategic plan they paid for. With their incompetency exposed they looked for a way out. The Joint Chambers gave them an opportunity, so the County gave them $50K to implement their plan. Going in empty handed and coming out with $50K, that was one hell of a strategic win for Barry and the Joint Chambers.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      You know Russ…it takes a lot of guts for a politician to stand up and take personal responsibility. It is a rare gem to find in the political world…and we found a couple yesterday in Nevada County. I think that the important thing on which to focus is that a plan is being implemented. This issue was a win for the community.

  10. Todd Juvinall says:

    Excellent point Russ. Historically the BOS, starting in 1985, gave a portion of the TOT to the Chambers for countywide promotion. Thank you Barry for helping to get that task done and to the BOS for funding it. I guess the Monday morning quarterbacks from the cheap seats will never acknowledge the BOS and Barry.

  11. gjrebane says:

    How did protecting ‘free speech’ get into this?! I missed the part where it was being attacked.

  12. steve enos says:

    What a hoot! Victory by Barry on the Pelline web contract?

    Nope, it was a 5-0 vote to award the contract to the Pelline’s. Barry demanded the BOS not give Pelline the contact and said… in his own exact words:

    “My desire for today is that the BOS table this contract”

    Fact is Barry did not get what he “desired” on this one. So that’s a win? Barry did not get his way on this one, but he along with ‘ROAR” and the other Tea Party folks did get a very firm public spanking by Ted and Nate.

    As the facts show the Chamber totally screwed up on the web RFP item and these are the same folks you are happy to see get the 50K without a public RFP process?

    So… Russ and Todd support giving the Chamber 50K WITHOUT an RFP, without a scope of work, without giving others the opportunity to offer a scope of work for these services?

    So Russ and Todd support giving the Chamber that screwed up the web services RFP 50K of taxpayers money WITHOUT going through the standard RFP process… but you sure wouldn’t support that for the web service work now would you?

    Boy… the double standard on this is so very telling. So it’s OK to give taxpayers money to some without an RFP, but others you don’t like must be stopped when they are selected via a public RFP process?

    PS: Supervisor Lamphier raised the issues about the no RFP award of the 50K item.

    • Barry won this and there are some that are simply unable to admit it.

      • steve enos says:

        To review the facts… Pelline got the web contract by a 5-0 vote regardless of what Barry and ROAR and the Tea Party folks demanded… no win there.

        So the Chamber the screwed up their web RFP got 50K of taxpayers money in a no bid, no RFP contract award and that’s a win?… no win there either.

        So Todd you support giving away taxpayers dollars without going through a public RFP and bid process?

        You think giving out taxpayers dollars without an RFP or public bid/review process is a win?

        Just like Charile Sheen you can say “winning” all you want but that don’t make it so.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      The Chambers did not screw up. The Switchback Strategic Plan calls for certain action items. The action item includes a coupon feature to the website, but the County only budgeted $20,000. SFWA’s bid also acknowledged that coupon function. The Chamber was trying to implement the Switchback Plan for which the County paid $90,000. The Chamber was the only entity trying to implement the Strategic Plan. You are either playing politics, or you just do not have the bandwidth to understand all of the moving pieces – or both. Further, people in the community will not take kindly to you blasting the Chambers for no reason.

      • steve enos says:

        Oh please Barry, the Chamber didn’t even respond to the selection committee’s request for more information. So failing to respond to an RFP submission follow up request isn’t a screw up?

  13. steve enos says:

    George, the “free speech” issue was a response from the ROAR, Tea Party folks saying Pelline should not get the web contract because of his blog opinions. The ROAR lady even claimed Pelline was/is a OWS supporter and thus should not get the web services contract.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      I am glad that you finally pulicly cleared up that the supervisors were not talking to me. It took a few days, but I am patient.

      Also, you truncated my comments, but I will help you out by providing them in context.

      “My desire for today is that the BOS table this contract and formulate and implement a long-term strategy through the Chambers or in the alternative award the contract to the chamber as the lowest responsible bidder.”

      You conveniently forgot the bold part. It was all about the long-term strategy and the Chamber.

  14. steve enos says:

    No. it was all about stopping Pelline from getting the contract as you demanded.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      That is your ignorant opinion, because you either do not know all of the facts or you do not care to understand them. Headline from The Union “County OK’s $$ without strategy.” It was all about implementing a long-term strategy. Silly little Enos.

  15. steve enos says:

    Barry do you understand the headline you just quoted?

    The headline is… “County OK’s $$ without strategy”… as in the County awarded the 50K contract without a strategy. The headline does not say County was going to award, it says the County did award without a strategy… it’s very clear.

    No bid, no RFP, no scope of work, but by a 4-1 vote the money was awarded… so that’s “winning”?

    • Actually says:

      It was not a 4-1 vote, Mr. Enos.
      Lamphier abstained. That’s 4-0 (with one sitting on the sidelines).

  16. Michael Anderson says:

    I swear, I was going watch John Steward tonight on the Tivo, but reading these comments was MUCH more entertaining, comedy-wise. Thanks to all.

  17. steve enos says:

    You are right name less “Actually says” poster.

    Supervisor Lamphier did abstain because no RFP or public review process was going to take place before the 50K was awarded.

    So the vote was 4-0-1

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