Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

Hopefully our readers have been following the series of stories that Stephen Downing has written about the whistleblower who has been exposing alleged fraud and misappropriation of city funds by the city auditor. I think that Laura Doud should have been following her own guidelines and embraced the concept of transparency when her employees started questioning $1,563,273 in payments over 15 years to vendors on a month-to-month (versus blanket purchase order) basis and lacking any backup, like receivables.

“Receivables” is a key word here in that most professional consultants and public relations firms will indeed produce a product – either physical items or commentary on current affairs that may influence the city auditor’s handling of technical issues relating to topics like CalPERS compensation or the funding of Queen Mary maintenance or contractual issues regarding Community Hospital.

Beeler & Associates has been providing similar services to many dozens of clients during the past 44 years through the commonly used term “retainers.” Our clients recognize that we offer specific skills and services that are readily available whenever and however needed. Having a retainer in place means that we will drop everything to quickly and professionally address the needs of a client. We often do this by having a cadre of freelance team members who can quickly handle assignments on short notice.

 

The Laura Doud controversy has created a stir in the upcoming June 7 primary election for city auditor and city attorney. Up to this point, Doud was a shoe in for auditor and Dawn McIntosh was anointed to replace retiring City Attorney Charles Parkin.

Now we have Daniel Miles and Frances Gonzales running to replace Doud and Gerrie Schipske is switching from being a mayoral candidate to run for city attorney. That’s a wise move on her part, given that McIntosh was the only unchallenged candidate while the mayoral race has a larger field of hopefuls.

It’s no secret that I’ve always admired Schipske’s commitment to the city, utilizing her legal, medical and political smarts. She served as a representative for the 5th District very well and sometimes wrote a history column in the Beachcomber that explained the why and how on many local topics.

We wish Gerrie well and look forward to her bringing some honesty, integrity and transparency to a dysfunctional City Hall.

 

Finally, a few words of wisdom from an experienced, older and wiser publisher:

  • Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
  • Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.
  • You know you are getting old when everything either dries up, sags or leaks.
  • Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.
  • Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.
  • PUCK FUTIN.

 

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