More on that berthing cost

In the last post, I mentioned a few items pulled from the consent agenda from today’s meeting. One of them, about the increased cost to keep a new boat for the Sheriff’s Office at a marina, never made it to a vote.

Supervisor Carlos Villapudua said he had questions that the Sheriff’s Office wasn’t answering, and asked the item to be pulled before the vote.

“I’m not ready to move forward on that, in fact, I was not happy with the attitude of the undersheriff in this board chamber, at all,” he said.  “I would still like to have my questions answered, and I would like to talk to the sheriff about this.”

Earlier, he had asked Undersheriff John Picone about the 3 percent annual increase in an existing contract to house the Sheriff’s Office boats.

Here’s the exchange:

Villapudua:  This is going up every year, 3 percent?

Picone:  Yes.

V: Have we tried to negotiate with the marina?

P: Oh yeah.

V:  I’m just saying that it seems pretty high.

P: It is what it is.

V: Have we tried to negotiate? That’s the question.

P: Yes. Yes. That’s the answer. Yes

V: And what happened?

P: It didn’t work.

V: Didn’t work? Is there other marinas that we could use?

P: No.

V: It just seemed a little high. Not even the city of Stockton marina?

 

 

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