Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tweaking Parking Agreement Does Not Change the Political Equation for Mayor or Republican Councilors

The Indianapolis Star reports that the City is considering "tweaking" the 50 year one-sided ACS parking agreement to make it, supposedly, less one-sided. The fact is that tweaking would not change the political equation and that's a big problem for Republicans..

Since the City released the details on the ACS parking deal, it has faced an enormous public backlash, so much so that no Republican councilor or administration official in support of the plan would defend it on the Fox 59 "Face Off" segment.

No matter what is tweaked on the contract, the public perception is that this is a one sided deal that mortgages the future to make a political insider wealthy. That public perception is set in stone and will be with it regardless of what is changed on the contract.

By continuing to pursue this deal despite the obvious negative perception of it, the Mayor's re-election and the Republican majority on the council is placed in jeopardy. That people like Joe Loftus, Ryan Vaughn and Tom John would continue to insist that Republicans support this loser deal shows that they put their own self-interest ahead of the welfare of the party.


Indy Student said...

I've asked some people at Fox 59 and I'm getting conflicting reports on what side they aren't able to schedule. Hopefully I'll find out within the week.

Paul K. Ogden said...


Trust's the pro-side that doesnt' want to appear on camera. I heard it from as good a source as they get.

Plus, think about it. The deal is horribly unpopular. Why wouldn't the anti-side want to be on camera opposing the unpopular deal.

Indy Student said...

Just because their supporting arguments are crap doesn't mean they won't get out there in front of cameras. Recall all the public forums free of information and debate during the water sewage deal, and Vaughn even appeared on Face Off. I'm not supporting this deal, but usually, they're full steam ahead with promoting the one sided deals they make.

No offense to you, Paul, I'm just trying to confirm with my own sources. I trust ya, but yknow, verify and all that good stuff.

Malachi said...

This tells you what kind of company ACS is and will continue to be:
"ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS - SEC Charges Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. With Stock Options Backdating and False Disclosures.
The SEC's complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., alleges that from 1995 to 2006, ACS engaged in a fraudulent and deceptive scheme to provide executives and other employees with undisclosed compensation."