San Diego city leaders recently halted a contract to replace all the city’s parking meters with new, solar-powered versions that accept credit cards and hold the promise of more revenue for City Hall.
City officials acknowledged that while more than a year and hundreds of city staff hours were poured into the contracting effort, they decided to drop it when a “personnel matter” emerged, along with questions about the process. It marked another strange folly for the troubled city purchasing and contracting department, which for years has cycled through leaders and failed to deliver on important goals.
The parking meter contract was on its way to a San Diego company, IPS Group Inc.
Chad Randall, the company’s chief operating officer, said he did not know why the city aborted the contract after awarding it to IPS Group. He deferred all questions about the process to the city.