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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Foul Ball

posted by on June 12 at 10:12 AM

Two months ago, I fretted over a $100,000 contract that the public agency overseeing Safeco Field handed over to a private lunch buddy of the agency’s board director.

The director: Jose Gaitan
The buddy: Consultant Pat Fearey

Well, the agency’s board, the Mariners Public Facilities District, met yesterday and re-upped Fearey’s contract and handed out a few others too including one to Dwight Pelz’s sister, Janet Pelz, and a contract to K&L Gates.

I’ve looked at Fearey’s receipts for her first four month contract and it seems to me she didn’t do a whole hell of a lotóat least not for the $20K a month she was getting. “Conference call.” “Outlining scope of work.”

What is up with a public agency handing out giant lobbying and consultant contracts when its entire budget is only about $800,000?

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The Stranger usually has charming, tragic-comic, artsy, pseudo-non-political covers on the print edition. Perhaps they should reflect Slog moreso-
say a picture of legal documents, or excel spreadsheets, or a married couple torturing their children. I agree wholeheartedly, Josh, what is up with a public agency handing out giant lobbying and consultant contracts when itís entire budget is only about $80,000?

Posted by Garrett | June 12, 2007 10:21 AM
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You should see the number of six-figure consultant contracts ST hands out to its friends like candy. Those cowboys took in $330 million in taxes last year alone - they can't spend the money on lawyers and PR teams fast enough.

Whatever the PDA does is small-fry stuff.

Posted by aplop | June 12, 2007 10:25 AM
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Gotta love aristocracy!

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Ah, to live a life where you can earn $20K in a month for doing next to nothing....

Posted by Gomez | June 12, 2007 11:32 AM
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This is an interesting story because if the checks and balances aren't there on this spending, they may not be in place on other organizations as well where the same people are involved.

Posted by Stuart Jenner | June 12, 2007 3:01 PM
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Josh please look into the money ST is spending on PR consultants and advertising.

Posted by whatever | June 12, 2007 6:10 PM
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whatever: look it up yourself. Josh isn't going to do that for you. He's got to work in this town. Get real.

Posted by realist | June 12, 2007 7:46 PM
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The contracts are identified here.

www.soundtransit.org/Documents/pdf/working/contracts/ContractsAwarded.pdf

It's all above-board.

Posted by nom de slog | June 12, 2007 8:21 PM

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