Valley Vista was one of the two firms the City’s consultant, Sloan-Vasquez, considered the best, even though a third firm, WDCO, offered over seven million dollars in ratepayer savings over the ten years of the contract as well as over a million dollars in discretionary fees paid to the City.
During the discussion last night, the consultant was asked how VVS could be rated first in experience (125 of 125 possible points) when they had zero experience in Orange County.
The response was that George Briggeman, Jr., with 35 years local experience, was heading up the team that prepared VVS’ proposal and would be the General Manager for VVS’ Cypress and Orange County operations.
Council Members Yarc and Bailey and Mayor Pro Tem Johnson voted for VVS, while Council Member Narian & Mayor Mills voted to interview and negotiate with the two firms under their consultant’s ranking.
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