Chick Releases Follow Up To Harbor Audit
"My report finds good news in that the Port staff have made many steps toward improvement. The progress that has been made, however, fades quickly when compared with the stunning fact that for more than two years the Board of Harbor Commissioners has refused to adopt a sound overall policy for awarding shipping leases. The Port staff drafted a policy over a year ago, which still sits in the Commission's in-box collecting dust," wrote Chick in a letter to Mayor Jim Hahn, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and all fifteen members of the Los Angeles City Council.
Chick's June 18, 2003 audit of Port leasing practices found:
* Long-term agreements with shipping lines are based primarily on flexibility of rules, confidentiality and relationships.
* The Port's practices in negotiating, selecting, and analyzing long-term property leases are not openly competitive or standardized, and lack support.
* The Port must write, adopt, and implement a sound leasing policy.
"The Harbor Commission has basically thumbed their nose, not only at the City's elected leadership, they also disregarded the people of Los Angeles. The larger question to be answered is why did the Commission refuse to implement this needed policy? Who is benefitting by not having these rules in place?" said Chick.
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