Vote YES on EC-12-67 (Cable Board’s unanimous recommendation to award Access TV contract to QUQ)

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Vote YES on EC-12-67 (Cable Board’s unanimous recommendation to award Access TV contract to QUQ)

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Erica Jones started this petition to Mayor Richard J. Berry City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Office and

 

As my City Councilor, I urge you to vote in favor of the Cable Franchise and Hearing Board's recommendation to unanimously award the Public Access TV contract to Quote-Unquote, Inc. is imperative because this committee is by ordinance the only exclusive group with the authority to make recommendations to the City Council on behalf of the best interest for both the Cable channels and the Cable subscribers.

It is an unfair and non-transparent process to have a randomly appointed, ad-hoc committee, making recommendations to the City Council and/or Mayor's office for what is perceived best use for the public channels when there is, by law, a created group to perform this responsibility.

With this said, the ad-hoc committee's recommendation was to award the contract to an organization who is a non-performing, high bidder with no experience in operating a TV station. Quote-Unquote, Inc. deserves a fair and just opportunity to bid on continuation of running the public access TV channels in Albuquerque, one that has no legal irregularities.

Quote-Unquote, Inc. has proof (over 1,500 documents acquired through the IPRA ) which reveal a number of irregularities that the City of ABQ Procurement Office engaged in an unethical treatment of this RFP process. There are now many lingering questions in to the credibility, accountability & transparency of how the City of ABQ handles their contracts, some questions include:

1. Rick Metz had meeting with Rob Perry, CAO, prior to the issuing of the Public Access RFP. Email exchanges indicate the 
2. The ad-hoc committee knowingly looked passed the material misrepresentation of uPublic/GCMA's 501 (c) 3's IRS tax-exempt status. They claimed on their application they indeed held IRS tax-exempt status, when in actuality their status was revoked in Spring of 2011 (look it up for yourself!). 
3. The City of Albuquerque knowingly awarded public funds to build out on uPublic's privately owned property. This violates the anti-donation clause!

Given a handful of the above legal irregularities and mishandling of carrying out the RFP process, Quote-Unquote, Inc. & the community urges Albuquerque's City Councilors to Vote YES on EC-12-67 (Cable Board’s unanimous recommendation to award Access TV contract to QUQ).

 

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This petition had 410 supporters