Wednesday, May 1, 2013

More Asmar/Hayward Home Cookin' at City Hall

I came across another fine example of taking care of friends and business associates by the Hayward Administration.

Former Chief of Staff John Asmar has a private law practice and was only a contractor to the City.  His business office is located at 1306 East Cervantes.


Asmar maintained an office there throughout his tenure with the City.  The building is owned by a local CPA, John Pharr, who previously maintained his office there before moving into East Pensacola Heights.


Mr. Pharr also owns a business that places display monitors that show advertisements for local businesses in businesses such as the Apple Market.


Mr. Pharr wanted to place his monitors in City facilities such as the airport and the Roger Scott Complex.

On May 21, 2012, the City entered into an agreement with EDN to allow such services at the airport and Roger Scott Complex without checking the rules regarding contracts at the airport.


There is your home cooking.

This is where it gets a little odd.  Evidently something happened because the City issued a RFP 12-035 for the AIRPORT Advertising Concession.  The RFP had a pre-proposal meeting on May 31, 2012, which is after the EDN contract was signed with responses due by July 12, 2012.


Mr. Pharr began using all of his contacts to press the city to give him the work including contacting Councilman Brian Spencer which is prohibited by City purchasing ordinance.

Prohibited Conduct by Bidders: Upon the publication of any solicitation for sealed bids, requests for proposals,requests for qualifications, or other solicitation of interest or invitation to negotiate by any authorized representative of the City of Pensacola, any party interested in submitting a bid, proposal, or other response reflecting an interest in participating in the purchasing or contracting process shall be prohibited from engaging in any communication pertaining to formal solicitations with any member of Pensacola City Council or any member of a selection/evaluation committee for RFQs, whether directly or indirectly or through any representative or agent, whether in person, by mail, by facsimile, by telephone, by electronic communications device, or by any other means of communication, until such time as the City has completed all action with respect to the solicitation.


Ultimately the contract was let to Departure Media at greater revenues to the airport than offered by EDN.


Did someone at the City stand up to the Mayor's machine and make them behave?

More to come.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did asmar represent Pharr?