It has been alleged that scores of laws were violated in the enactment of the Blue Indy contract. Republican Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana has written extensively about the subject:
Thursday, July 23, 2015, Council's Attorney Tells Council Members Everything About
Blue Indy Deal Is Illegal
Thursday, July 16, 2015, Ballard Stealing More Valuable Downtown Public Parking Spaces For Blue Indy
Friday, June 19, 2015, Expert Who Discovered Blue Indy Was Non-Compliant Told To Butt Out By City Officials
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Ballard Stealing Parking Meter Revenues To Pay For Electric Car Sharing ProgramBrewer apparently is unconcerned about the fact that the Ballard administration did not follow the law in the enactment of the Blue Indy contract. He also is unfazed about the lack of transparency in the Blue Indy deal and that valuable parking spaces before downtown businesses are being taken for charging stations. (We may well owe compensation for those lost metered spaces under the 50 year parking meter privatization deal entered into by Ballard.) Does the fact that Brewer is willing to overlook a lack of legal compliance and transparency on the Blue Indy deal suggest he would follow similar practices if elected Mayor?
A couple days ago, a friend of mine Matt Stone published on his blog Indy Student a comparison of the Los Angeles electric car sharing deal with the Blue Indy agreement:
NBC Los Angeles reports that the state of California has awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant for Los Angeles to launch an electric car sharing program. The program will launch in some of its more diverse and low-income areas, including South LA and Koreatown. The pilot intends to add a fleet of 100 cars, with residents being able to sign up and pay a monthly membership or pay on a per-hour basis. While exact rates are still being worked out, officials are saying they hope it to be lower priced than car sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
While the report doesn't specifically say what type of electric car infrastructure that LA already has, I'm going to guess the answer is little to none. You can see some shots of charging stations being constructed in the background if you watch the news report clip on NBC-LA's web site. All in all, this works out to about $16,000 per car.In contrast, the electric car sharing program BlueIndy is costing nearly $50 million for 500 cars. That cost likely doesn't take into account the millions of dollars of lost revenue when
DictatorMayor Greg Ballard (R) unilaterally removes hundreds of parking spots from public use to turn them over to the exclusive use of a for-profit company. Or the massive fines ParkIndy, the private operator of our public parking meters, will levy upon the city for the permanent removal of the parking spaces. Despite the $6 million dollar in help from city taxpayers, don't expect that to make it any cheaper to rent one of these cars. A 2014 estimate puts the estimate at $15 for an hour, or membership fees at $10-15 for a week or an annual membership costing about $15 a month.
Total costs work out to about $98,000 per car.$50 million for 500 electric cars in Indianapolis compared $1.6 million for 100 similar cars in Los Angeles. That's $98,000 per car in Indy versus $16,000 per car in Los Angeles. It is disheartening that Republican Brewer is endorsing a program that is such a colossal waste of taxpayer money. This is exactly why conservatives who are angry at Mayor Ballard for 40 plus tax and fee increases as well as limitless one-sided corporate welfare deals that fleece taxpayers are unlikely to turn out and vote for Brewer who is promising more of the same.