If you were to quickly peruse the County’s website, you might stumble upon the page that shows all their active requests for proposals. (Personally, THC was looking for a proposal requesting an official County Hard Lemonade tester because frankly we’d rock at it.)
But one of the requests caught our eye:
Now, it’s completely understandable that the County wants to expand mental health services to all the crazies up in North County. (Sorry, McKinleyville – had to get a dig in at the ex-mother-in-law being all crazy up in Ocean West.) Especially since they’re gonna throw one of those homeless container villages up there in the near future.
But THC has some concerns, which we hope that our readers will help us to answer by contacting their respective Supervisors, and the County DHHS. We think this is a good opportunity for Connie Beck, DHHS’ new director, and all of the Supervisors, to stand by their promises of limiting increased expenditures.
So, this super cool proposed facility of 13,000 square feet will house DHHS services. Cool! But, will this project:
- Require that the County hire more employees?
- Will it reduce the cost of providing the services in question?
- Will DHHS employees commute from Eureka? If so, will they be using vehicles for the County motorpool?
- Precisely what services will be offered at the new site?
- Is this going to improve the bottom-line for DHHS?
According to this attachment to the RFP, Attachment 4 Part I User Program Requirements, there would be 57 employees housed at this location.
In case you’re wondering, if those are all new employees – or even half of them are new employees – yeah, that’s a shit ton of additional cost.
So, stop making us do all the work – we want to go back to being lazy all the time, instead of just most of it. Contact your Supervisor and the County DHHS. Let ’em know we’re watching.
Of course, you’ll especially want to contact Ryan Sundberg, who’s information we’ve conveniently placed right here:
5th District Supervisor: Ryan Sundberg
825 5th Street, Room 111
Eureka, CA 95501
Direct line: (707) 476-2395
For the proposal itself, contact Ronda Kime:
|Ronda Kime, Department of Public Works, 1106 2nd St, Eureka, CA, 95501