School official: Putting contract to bid “would have taken several weeks”
In his first public statement about a $7.5 million no-bid emergency contract to provide surveillance cameras for dangerous city schools, Philadelphia Deputy Superintendent Leroy D. Nunery II explained on Monday how he and Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman decided to award the business to a Mount Airy company after another vendor had already begun work on the project.
“We made the executive decision to do a sole-source contract for professional services,” Nunery said, rather than put the work out for competitive bids because that process “would have taken several weeks.”
Equally important, Nunery said, was that the recipient of the contract – IBS Communications Inc. – was a minority-owned firm that would subcontract the work to “minority-owned electrical firms.”
“Eighty percent of the kids in our schools are persons of color,” Nunery said, “yet minority contractors receive only 20 percent of all contract awards. . . . Leveling the playing field benefits everyone in the city but most of all benefits our children as they look to their futures.” LINK
What more do you need to know? These officials are telling us point-blank that race is their determining factor in government decision-making process. It doesn’t matter that we are talking about TAXPAYER dollars, or that work had already started on this project. They just arbitrarily decided to circumvent the competitive bid process, a process put into place to avoid exactly this kind of government favoritism and protect taxpayers from corrupt government officials. THIS is why our country is in desperate straits. The fact that a certain percentage of the district is minority is irrelevant to the MAJORITY of taxpayers in this city (MANY WHO ARE NOT MINORITY)! Since the election of Barak Obama this blatant racism is emerging more and more throughout many levels of our government.
When the President of the United States jumps to race based conclusions and makes political, economic and legal policy based on race you better believe those who support his agenda throughout the rest of government follow his lead. Arlene Ackerman and her cadre of cronies are a prime example. Last year when Asian students were repeatedly attacked and beaten by black students at South Philadelphia High School her administration did next to nothing. When forced to act they dragged their feet and eventually Ackerman blamed everyone including the students who were attacked. Everyone except the black student attackers that is.
Racial bias is affecting all levels and departments in our government these days including my own. We already know what our Justice Department under Eric Holder thinks about prosecuting bias crimes against whites. This is an insidious Cancer that is eating away at the fabric of our society and destroying any gains we have made toward a society free of this bullsh*t. Sooner or later it will come to a head and then we will have serious, serious problems. Barack Obama was elected in part due to his lofty, post racial rhetoric of change. He has an obligation to diffuse these issues by setting an example. Sadly he chooses not to do that. Instead he fans the flames of racial separatism and preference at every opportunity.
In this article there is pseudo-justification for their decision-making. These schools have been violent and problematic forever. Suddenly they need cameras so badly that they have to go in immediately? (Gross lack of planning. The cameras should have been put in over the summer). How does switching contractors in mid stream help get them in any faster? It doesn’t. Arlene Ackerman and Leroy Nunery should either resign or be fired immediately. District Attorney Seth Williams needs to investigate this immediately. This whole story reeks of corruption, kickbacks (AKA PAY TO PLAY), theft of services or conflicts of interest. Maybe it’s time for the PA. Attorney General to investigate her as well. It sounds like we may have another PHA or DRPA problem in the making!
People this is disgusting, it should not stand and must be stopped.