Tag Archives: New Mexico

Contract Loser 47% Cheaper

Source: Kiera Hay, Albuquerque Journal, August 21, 2011

Chavez Security Inc., the city of Santa Fe’s largest security provider, has been awarded another lucrative municipal contract — even though the company is charging $245,000 more per year than the second-place firm it edged out for the job.

Chavez Security will be paid up to $517,075 annually over the next three years — a total of just over $1.55 million — to patrol several downtown parking lots and garages, the city’s three libraries, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and Municipal Court.

Red-light cameras go dark across state

Source: Joshua Emerson Smith, California Watch Blog, December 13, 2010

While the state collects millions of dollars from red-light cameras at intersections, a few California cities are starting to question whether the safety benefits are worth the high cost to their own coffers….Over the last five years, Loma Linda brought in around $200,000 from the project, the paper reported. But the bulk of the ticket fines went to the state or to Redflex, the Australia-based company that operates the cameras. “For that $200,000, we took $15 million out of the local economy” in ticket fines, the Daily Facts quoted Rigsby as saying.

Whittier shuttered its program in November, choosing not to renew its contract with Nestor Traffic Systems, citing no improvement in traffic safety and declining revenue, the Whittier Daily News reported.

In Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel released a report saying the city’s red-light camera program is actually costing the city money. Of the $446 ticket drivers receive, only $157 goes to the city while the county gets $74 and the state $215, according to Greuel’s report. On top of this, many tickets are never paid, party because failure to do so does not result in a suspension of license but also because 67 percent of tickets were mailed to people making legal right turns on red….

…Studies in Arizona, New Mexico, and Canada have gone further, finding that red-light cameras can actually cause accidents because drivers often stop abruptly to avoid a ticket, leading to rear end collisions.

ACLU Joins Lawsuit Against New Mexico School District

Source: Campus Safety Magazine, December 06, 2010

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico announced on Dec. 2 that it will be joining a lawsuit against the Española School District, its board, the Española Police Department and the district’s private security contractor, ProSec. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight students who were allegedly victimized by school security guards and other students. The charges include several accusations of sexual assault by a former ProSec security guard, the Rio Grande Sun reports.
See also:
ACLU Joins Suit to Protect Students from Bullying in Española Schools
Source: ACLU, Press Release, December 1st, 2010

Budgets force prisons to tap community for help

Source: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Taryn Bianchin, KOB.com, 10/18/2010

 

State prisons are turning to cheap labor to deal with the most recent round of budget cuts asking volunteers, college interns and even inmates themselves to help cut costs.

….. Other cost cutting measures include transferring 114 inmates out of several private prisons into state run prisons which is estimated to save about $2.1 million.

Keep Santa Fe Weird

Source: Inside Higher Ed, December 15, 2008

…… Now under threat of closing, the college is in negotiations with a public institution — New Mexico Highlands University — that is considering taking over the college, and a debt that could be as much as $35.3 million. While the potential deal is seen by many as a welcome lifeline, students and faculty say they’re unsure how the uniqueness of Santa Fe might be preserved if the college is placed in state hands.

New Mexico State considering outsourcing bookstore operations

Source: By Ashley Meeks, Sun-News (NM), 03/17/2008

LAS CRUCES — It bills itself as “Your University Bookstore — Money Spent Here Stays Here!” But some members of the New Mexico State University community are concerned that may not be the story for long.

….. Coseth Krauel, an accounting technician with the bookstore, said she and others in the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees union are afraid of losing their jobs in a management change.

…… Outsourced services at NMSU: • Food services • Vending • Ground maintenance • Printing • Some construction and shuttle services

County jail staff balk at potential cutbacks

Source: By Diana M. Alba, Sun-News (NM)m 01/11/2008

Some Doña Ana County detention center staff are upset about a county decision to outsource the jail’s medical services to a private company because it means employees will lose their jobs.

…… The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted in December to pay $2.53 million annually to the Tennesee-based Prison Health Services Inc. to operate the jail’s medical wing. The contract goes into effect Jan. 24.

…… The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — a union representing jail workers — attempted to voice concerns about the outsourcing during a county commission meeting Tuesday. However, county officials declined to allow it to address the commission, saying the matter related to collective bargaining — discussions that are supposed to take place behind closed doors.

Private firm to manage Fort Bayard

Source: Levi Hill, Silver City Sun-News (NM), November 23, 2005

It’s official. Fort Bayard Medical Center will be under private management on Feb. 1. The announcement was made Tuesday at Fort Bayard in a joint news conference with GEO Care Inc. and the New Mexico Department of Health. Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham and GEO President Jorge Dominicis shook hands on the signing of a short-term contract and discussed with the public what the contract means for the aging facility. …… Representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) attended the conference. The union representatives have been vocal in comments about the changes occurring at Fort Bayard. Joe Chavez, president of the local 3973, said the union is still waiting to see what becomes of the changes.