this case is about 11 contracts, 9 DWSD contracts. Darryl Latimer said there were 40 to 60 contracts were let during Kwame's administration by the DWSD and we are talking about 9.
Climate of fear that we have been talking about. Have to subjectively says there was a fear of economic loss.
One of my observations, is that the judge has instructed about reasonableness of fear.
It sticks in my craw when a guy with $2.5 million had a fear. that doesn't stick with me. Think he is talking about Tony Soave.
Avinash Rachmale. The ING drawing showed that the bid is one of first levels. Remember my cross of Rachmale where I asked what the document said. It said that the city reserves the right to cancel a contract at any time.
If you see a contract with someone is not qualified, and there is someone else already doing the work close by, what would you as mayor do.
What if the rate price was lower for the other person, what would you do.
"% million. 10 million." for a contract they planned on but had no right to expect.
I have another equation, $8 million, $157 million. They got a letter that said look forward to bidding on the next one. They took that company from $8 million in DWSD business to $157 million. Economic victims?
They had a $12 million add on to a contract.
You can look at Tom Hardiman and see how he testifies and he was difficult under cross. The guy had an ax to grind. He made $157 million.
When Soave sat with Kwame, that was in the 4th month of his administration.
They took a look at all the contracting and said what is going on here. For Tony Soave to come in, apparently he has a lot of largess. He can sit with the mayor of Detroit and say what is going on with these contracts.
We suggest that Charlie Williams was a pass-through- no equipment, no personnel and Soave does all the work but they get the benefit of minority business but profit goes to the person in the suburbs.
Does a guy with no personnel, equipment, no real experience, is he the best guy for the job? Is it a reasonable job for the mayor to make sure it stays in Detroit and that the job gets done.
Talked about things that Kwame was doing when he met Soave. He had 48 unions that were bargaining, city services were nt working, he had more than 60 appointees that were released and had to be replaced and he was conducting a national search for head of SWSD. That's pretty much for a little guy, not so little, but a guy starting out at 31.
If you have any question of Kwame as special administrator for water contracts, you have to see what Judge Feikens said.
Remember in opening statement when Chutkow said Kwame was fired? I take position that he wasn't fired but services were no longer needed.
Feikens said: "Two key decisions" made by mayor Kilpatrick was hiring of Mercado and ING.
So DWSD is in position to continue being in compliance. This doesn't sound like someone being fired.
Somebody who the judge had questions about? Or someone the judge lauded for work in 2002 through 2006?
Special administrator can ignore state law and litigation. He accounts to Feikens and as such needs to please Feikens. Those equitable powers are very broad. When you consider government's assertion that Kwame did anything inappropriate, it was approved by the judge at every state.
Water and sewage rates reported to be lowest in the nation.
Want to talk about something else. Kwame has been criticized for communication with Bobby. There are the text messages. We don't have text messages from Soave or John Rakolta of Walbridge.
Want to talk about the difference between politics and contracting.