Pleasanton Council switches children's theater provider despite parents' protests
Original post made on Mar 20, 2013
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on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:00 am
Usually an incumbent vendor is replaced when:
> They are failing at the job
> A new vendor can do the same job for a lower cost, or a better job for the same cost
> The new vendor knows someone in the decision making chain and uses their influence
Since the screening committee unanimously voted to recommend BACT
"based on the facts that it had proposed "a more comprehensive range of programming, that it was more responsive to the overall requirements of the program, and that it could result in improved program administration and management"
then it sounds like this is a situation of better service for the same cost. It is a little fishy that parents didn't want the vendor to change and didn't get a good opportunity to give feedback - but I wonder how much of that is parents who haven invested time volunteering and schmoozing in order to get their kids lead/better parts in our overly competitive Pleasanton environment.
on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm
The REAL question should be " why is the City with over 137 MM in unfunded pension liability spending anything on children's theater "
on Mar 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm
I agree with Brad. Until we get this godforsaken mess with the ...teachers' union and incompitant administrators out of the way there should be no extra funds devoted to "arts and crafts" and other superficious activities. Second, what is the practical value, in monetary terms, of putting P-town kids on the stage. It seems to me we should be teaching the kids basic math and citizenship skills, and how to detect corrupt politicians, not reciting irrevalent Shakespear verses for mommy and daddy (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff).