Longtime contractor Peso Chavez outbid for city security services

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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:00 pm

Santa Fe security company owner Peso Chavez failed in his effort to overturn a city panel’s recommendation that another company — which had submitted the lowest bid — be awarded a two-year security contract with the city.

After an hourlong discussion Monday, the City Council’s Finance Committee endorsed a bid submitted by Albuquerque-based AAA Security, despite objections from Chavez, a former city councilor and onetime mayoral candidate who has provided security services to the city for a number of years. Chavez also had tried to persuade city officials to consider a new approach to security that would increase the use of technology.

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  • Elizabeth Pettus posted at 7:25 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    tfiner Posts: 127

    Mr. Rodarte is thoroughly professional, and entirely correct.

  • Staci Benni posted at 5:34 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 285

    It's about time that Peso Chavez did not get the contract. It is not the first time he was the highest bidder.
    Maybe now we can get rid of the $20/hr meet and greeter at city hall who in the past year responded to 6 events at city hall--three of which were of his own making--harassing people using the bathroom.

  • Leesa Vigil posted at 5:11 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    El Cie Vigil Posts: 33

    The contract specialist is correct. The city put out a bid specifying the level of services they wanted. The bids came in based on those requirements. Contractors invest a lot of time and money to put together a bid. AAA played fair and was the lowest bidder. Those are the rules and it is unfair to change the rules after the long-time contract holder loses. Smacks of favoritism and arbitrariness.


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