Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ballard Awards City Towing Contract To California Firm

As if we needed another example of how unethically Mayor Greg Ballard is administering the affairs of the City of Indianapolis, the IBJ is reporting that his administration just awarded a lucrative towing contract to a California firm, AutoReturn, to oversee all city-ordered towing. A Department of Code Enforcement spokesman, Adam Baker, couldn't tell the IBJ how much AutoReturn will earn under its contract that begins on July 1. The city is dropping it current contracts with three locally-owned towing firms. This part of Kathleen McLaughlin's story tells you all that you need to know:
City records show Brian Burdick of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP lobbied on behalf of AutoReturn in 2012 and 2013. Mayor Greg Ballard's chief of staff, Ryan Vaughn, is a former Barnes & Thornburg attorney.


CircleCityScribe said...

There is something very wrong about sending a local service out-of-state!

-Isn't it interesting that B&T lobbied on behalf of this company and that our Mayor's Chief of Staff was a staff attorney at B&T...

Was this a "no-bid" contract, given to a political crony? -or was this the best bid for a city contract?

Mary Roger Bowser said...

What are the odds that an out-of-state company would know enough about Indianapolis's towing needs that they would outbid several local companies who have been doing the towing for years?
What are the odds that the California firm will find that they way underbid and will have to 1) drastically cut the city's part of the take; 2) drastically raise the fees charged to the public;
3) do such a shoddy job that it will be much worse than it has in the past using local firms.