Patriot Groups throughout the Maricopa and North Pinal County area.
My hats off to Arizona House Representative Steve Urie, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee on Government for his NO VOTE on SB1322-(NOW) managed competition: city services. His vote and the other no votes are based on sound reasoning, sound experience.
Representative Urie’ (time mark 01:40:00) summed up what this bill IS NOT “governance as closest to the people that on the lowest possible level is the best governance” ……………………… ‘this is not our problem’ (DiCiccio).
Among various questions DiCiccio was asked.
’ Are you suggesting that the City of Phoenix is so unmanageable that you have to have the state tell you how to manage it?’
‘The voters of Phoenix elected you to manage, why are you asking us, why this bill?’
(My comments throughout are paraphrased, unless in quotations)
After the reading of the SB1322, sponsor Arizona Senator Frank Antenori took the podium in support and to answer questions.
(01:13:00) this is really quite simply, the biggest bang for the buck in the private sector.
(01:14:00) Governments cannot interfere with other Government bodies (Arizona/Utah).
(01:14:30) this bill doesn’t mandate a city council to award a contract.
(01:16:00) “I think it is a good start and if it works we should expand it”.
(01:20:30) there are a lot of influences’ that come in and influence these city councils. A lot of folks making a lot of noise!
(01:21:15) will save a “half a billion to a billion dollars in money going into the economy.”
(01:23.50) the city can cancel any contract and go back to doing what they farmed out any time they want.
((Committee member Rep. Forese at 02:14:45 validating his yea vote, “I think it is much less an experiment than others do”))
(01:24:00) Rep. Meyers, question, “so these squealing whining people that you are speaking of, aren’t they the voters that we were elected to represent?” Antenori’ response; “some of them are but they are not in a quantity large enough to affect the outcome of an election” (review comment 01:20:30).
(01:25:15) Antenori – ‘divide and conquer’
One has to ask themselves why isn’t this issue of Managed Competition being placed on the August Municipal ballot for the City of Phoenix residences to decide?
WHAT’S THE RUSH?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Antenori 01:17:00 compares Municipal Government purpose and operations to that of the Federal Government ……… hardly comparable.
Antenori 01:21:15 seems to be confused about where money goes when in the hands of government vs. the private sector. Listen for comments by committee members about out of state bidders/contractors. (Take note of Orman’s comments at 02:03:20).
The podium exchange from Antenori to DiCiccio around 01:25:22 was like Frankie …….. bringing in Sal Baby …… to clean up the mess. Around 01:25:22 , Frankie …… got stumped by Representative Katie Hobbs question, ‘City not obligated – bill states “SHALL award contracts” you said that don’t have to award but the bill states “shall”?’
Frankie Antenori was speechless, turned to the gallery asking his pal ….. Sal, couldn’t hear him so he started waving for his pal …… Sal to come on down ……. why not, DiCiccio created the bill and he was the next to speak anyway.
DiCiccio classic redirect – didn’t answer a second time.
City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio comments:
01:27:10 intent of bill to create a model (a test, an experiment)
01:28:00 allows us to streamline operations
>>horizontal vs vertical management
be sure to read the DISADVANTAGED subtitle.
01:29:27 question from committee; “aren’t you the city councilman?”
01:31:20 question from the committee; ’ Are you suggesting that the City of Phoenix is so unmanageable that you have to have the state tell you how to manage it?’
01:32:50 there is no plan in place today to lower our overall labor costs (review City of Phoenix comment 01:56:15)
01:33:00 comment from committee; the voters of Phoenix elected you to manage, why are you asking us, why this bill? DiCiccio responded that special interest groups run the city.
01:39:15 City of Phoenix spends 34 million a year repairing auto mobiles
Tom Jenny, Director Arizona Americans for Prosperity Chapter
01:45:10 ‘this is only the bottom rung of privatization, this is done by a lot of cities, in the end city councils can say no…………………’
WHAT CITIES, WHICH ONES……………… SANDY SPRINGS?
I thought Americans for Prosperity was against government intrusion, thought they were for less government imposing their will down the food chain?
Bryon Schlomach, Goldwater Institute
01:48:15 Mr. Schlomach said he researched this subject of bidding out but failed to mention what City of Phoenix Government Relations Rep. Karen Peters (time mark 01:54:15) referenced that the City of Phoenix did 30 years ago. Schlomach mentioned Sandy Springs, Georgia as an example, what he failed to mention was that Sandy Springs was just a rural county area with an expanding population that were victims of outrageous fees for services in a state that didn’t allow areas to incorporate. They incorporated when state laws were finally changed and had a very limited time to get up and running where their only option was outsourcing from the start in HAVING NOTHING. Check out Sandy Springs population after the 2010 census and ask yourself, is comparing Phoenix to Sandy Springs appropriate. Sal DiCiccio and his cohorts think so. Schlomach, you get an F- due to the lack of performance and misleading bias statements.
01:56:15 City of Phoenix Government Relations Rep. Karen Peters.
SUGGEST YOU LISTEN TO HER COMMENTS!
02:03:20 Orman – you guys are looking for a problem for the solution, etc…
02:18:18 Urie; uncorked a mass of confusion on municipalities.
The above is very condensed. It’s painfully obvious that DiCiccio has aspirations beyond Councilman, as Antenori beyond State Senator. Both men in my opinion are smug and intent on passing this bill for notoriety but more so for future support by private business, those who will partake and benefit from the alleged half to one whole billion in saved dollars or should we say redirected dollars.
City of Phoenix has been reducing their budget, they are out sourcing.
My take on the ‘01:39:15 City of Phoenix spends 34 million a year repairing auto mobiles’. (Spending an average of $4500.00 a vehicle per year for maintenance and repair seems reasonable. With a fleet of 7600 vehicles from lawn mowers to transit buses, backhoes to bulldozers, what do you expect? Tires alone on some of these vehicles cost more than the average annual cost. (Sal DiCiccio A BRAKE JOB IS A BRAKE JOB.)
December 1, 2010
Start at the top with the “exempt” employees, the ones on contract – the administrators, directors and managers, the bureaucrat net-workers/players, the establishment. Keeping them is like wow, letting the fox into the hen house. They are the ones that are the fastest and easiest to off by simply saying: we no longer need your services, or we are not renewing your contract – good bye.
Hire private sector directors, now that’s outsourcing. Just think, if Phoenix did that they would be on the forefront again of innovated governance.
Business will go on – NO SERVICES DISRUPTED – the inmates know the gig and they will know they will be next making them ripe to discuss the terms of their negotiated union contracts.
Shazam, DiCiccio will have his “Market Competition”, a greatly reduced budget, pension abuse nearly eliminated, colossal union concessions, a city budget in the black, happy tax paying residents and the best run, most efficient and greenest city in the United States of America. And the one thing he wants most – more then 15 REAL people terminated.