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‘Social Justice’ Contracts Cost SF Millions

In the rush of events we almost missed this tidbit from last weekend, via the San Francisco Chronicle:

‘Social justice’ in contracts costs S.F. millions

John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, May 8, 2011

San Francisco’s much-heralded "social justice" requirements for city contracts are costing local taxpayers millions of dollars a year in overcharges, according to workers in departments ranging from the Municipal Transportation Agency to the Department of Emergency Management.

In one case, a Muni worker said the city paid $3,000 for a vehicle battery tray. Such parts can be found online for $12 to $300, depending on the type of vehicle. City officials said they couldn’t verify that purchase, saying the trays are usually bought in bulk with the battery.

Other city purchasing policies, if followed, would mean paying about $240 for getting a copy of a key that actually cost a worker $1.35 to get done at a hardware store on his break, the employee said. Another city worker called the use of catalog pricing for supplies "Pentagon-style purchasing."

Which is of course a media myth. ‘Pentagon prices’ are very often higher only because their requirements are so often unique. That would not seem to be the case here when getting keys made.

Markups from approved vendors range from 10 to 150 percent, employees said, with one calling the city’s requirement that contractors provide health care benefits for domestic partners "the expensive white elephant standing in the middle of the room (that) no one wants to mention."

Huh. Funny how we have never heard that providing healthcare for "domestic partners" was expensive before. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama (and Hillary) are granting the "domestic partners" of federal workers healthcare benefits right and left.

Some vendors are suspected of being little more than middlemen who comply with San Francisco’s very specific requirements for contractors – like disclosing historic ties to slavery [blacks] and providing domestic partner benefits [homosexuals], a provision known as 12B because of its chapter in the Administrative Code —

The hell you say! What was the first clue?

[Who] then turn around and buy the products from companies that don’t meet the restrictions, city officials acknowledge.

So it turns out, you can’t legislate morality — or economics.

An analysis by the General Services Agency found that in the last complete fiscal year, 2009-10, the city paid $9.8 million to "possible third-party brokers" – vendors that may be pass-through companies

Minority tokens fronts have to eat, too. And you can bet that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

[E]mployees from two other city vendors, Cole Hardware and the now-defunct Centennial Distributors, are awaiting trial after being charged in 2009 with at least 12 felonies each for allegedly falsifying invoices while procuring $235,000 in such personal purchases as cell phones and custom auto parts for rogue San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employees

Impossible. These people are lavishly public sector union members who are coddled with the best retirement and health benefits the taxpayers’ money can buy. How could they be criminals?

"What is particularly maddening is knowing that 12b is supposedly about ‘Social Justice’ when in reality it is yet another way for contractors to game the system," one anonymous employee wrote"How is social justice achieved when the only result is that third-party contractors bilk the city at a rate of 10 to 35% per purchased item?"

In other words, the only real complaint here is that the money isn’t going into the right pockets.

But isn’t it horrible how the noble ideal of Marxist income redistribution keeps being corrupted by venal human nature?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “‘Social Justice’ Contracts Cost SF Millions”

  1. proreason says:

    coming soon to a town near you

  2. Mae says:

    My first thought was “San Francisco deserves every lousy thing that happens to it” and then reconsidered because even stupid, ignorant, bigoted, uber liberals and leftists shouldn’t have to pay $240 for a copy of a key. Of course, they are not willing to do anything about it, so maybe they do deserve lousy things happening to them.

    • Right of the People says:

      As long as they keep electing the Botox Queen to congress they deserve every bad thing that happens to them. To quote Ron White, “You can’t fix stupid.”

    • Mithrandir says:

      San Francisco and New York are islands unto themselves. You see this through out the world….isolated, they develop their own dialect, strange behaviors and rituals. People outside are treated differently. It is truly a foreign land.

      You are right. Isolated from reality, they deserve every bit of bad luck they are willing to heap upon themselves!

  3. Papa Louie says:

    You can’t practice social justice if justice is blind. When progressives talk about “transparency”, they are not talking about the political process. They are talking about the blindfold worn by Lady Justice. To them, Lady Justice must be able to see skin color, gender, and sexual orientation to know where to put her thumb on the scales.

    The difference between blind justice and social justice is enormous. Blind justice has the goal of treating everyone as individuals with fairness and equality. Social justice divides everyone into groups and judges them not as individuals but according to which group they belong to. It assumes that members of certain groups are victims and should be rewarded, while members of other groups should be punished for the sins of their parents, or their grandparents, or their great grandparents, or their distant cousins…

  4. JohnMG says:

    Does social justice include the proposed SF ballot issue criminalizing male circumcision? You can bet your precious foreskin that the faggots are behind that type of insanity as well. Social justice is code word for social engineering……which is a guaranteed loser.

    It brings to mind the scene in “Cool Hand Luke” where George Kennedy finally gets exasperated because Paul Newman won’t stay on the ground when Kennedy pummels him repeatedly.

    Legislate away, liberal fools. You may force me into submission, but you’ll never, ever conquer what I think, nor change the utter contempt in which I hold you. These people deserve that which they tolerate, all in the name of inclusiveness. A pox on their houses. The deserve every cockamamie scheme foisted upon themselves because they lack the balls to stand up and refuse to be steamrolled. The only crime is that the rest of the country will be forced to bail their sorry asses out when their self-inflicted stupidity brings the roof crashing down. Pity them? Not a chance. Heap scorn on them? Every chance I get! Such a collection of self-loathing misfits aren’t worthy of compassion. If they want sympathy, they can find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary. Not here.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    MUHUAHAHAHAH! The on-going stupidity of liberalism –political correctness over substance!

    Who said these people are smart and conservatives are always stupid? Doesn’t anyone consider this an obvious test-case for liberals’ childish naivety?

    ~~~~~Adults usually factor in these questions~~~~
    1. How will criminals exploit this to their advantage, and how can we factor this into our policy?
    2. How can we get rid of the standard 40% going to fraud/waste/abuse? Do we have money set aside to investigate and prosecute offenders?
    3. Is there a better way to achieve this outcome?
    4. Is anyone inadvertently affected negatively by this policy?
    5. How will this play out in court if challenged?
    6. What is the expiration date of this policy?
    7. When will it be reviewed for effectiveness and fairness?
    8. How can we easily get rid of this if it becomes an uncontrollable monster?

    If only liberals thought about these things with obamacare, welfare, social security, medicaid etc…. You know, they way adults usually plan for the future and not on childish impulses?

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