Preventing Costly Mistakes
By Ed Sachs
By Ed Sachs
How do we prevent repeating mistakes that are costly to taxpayers? In my professional career in the private sector, I accomplished this by holding responsible parties accountable for their mistakes. Not surprisingly, this had the effect of eliminating or at least reducing the number of mistakes which translated into savings for the company.
The Dog Park started with a design/build cost of $800,000 to city taxpayers. This Dog Park has now ballooned to a cost of more than $1.1M for Phase 1. And if it has a Phase 1, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would also have a Phase 2 (or 3, or more)?
This isn’t the first time this has happened. I believe it was “Change Order #6” for the Marguerite Tennis Center that had council rushing to include irrigation that was discovered “missing” at the very last minute. In that case, Councilman Ury manipulated UDR developers to prepay $500,000 in park fees to cover the cost of that Change Order. This is the same Tennis Center project that cost over $5M of residents’ money, if memory serves me correctly.
After the many projects in our city necessitating Change Orders, it’s hard to fathom yet another costly “oversight”. Mission Viejo deserves a city government that works in favor of its residents and always understands that as staff and council members, they must work to manage taxpayer dollars in the same way that you and I do in our own personal lives. Perhaps it’s time to start holding the responsible parties accountable for wasting “other people’s money”.
Ed Sachs and his family have lived in Mission Viejo since 1991. Ed spent 30 years in the consumer electronics industry where he was inducted in the Hall of Fame. He retired as President Emeritus at Pioneer Electronics in 2009. Since retirement, Ed has opened his own leadership-consulting agency while becoming active in the community. In 2012, Ed ran for Mission Viejo City Council. Ed and his wife Leagh, an accomplished and award winning photographer, have two sons, David and Daniel.
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