Monday, September 14, 2015

Coming and Going

This is what happens when a city council votes for something that everyone hates, then backtracks, but fails to read the small print:
  • The termination of red light cameras in one major U.S. city has the company behind them seeing red.

    Xerox is suing the city of Cleveland for ending its three-year contract to use the traffic cameras -- claiming the company is owed money because the city backed out early, violating the terms of the agreement.

    "The city selected Xerox as its automated enforcement vendor in a competitive bid process that required Xerox to incur millions of dollars of upfront expense to implement the city’s automated enforcement program," Xerox said in a statement to Thursday.

    "The resulting contract between the city and Xerox requires the city to pay cancellation fees in the event of an early termination," the company said. "The city has refused to meet its clear contract obligations and has declined to negotiate despite substantial good faith efforts by Xerox over many months to reach a solution without litigation.

    "Unfortunately, this left Xerox with no reasonable choice but to file this lawsuit," the company added.

    The red light cameras and speed cameras were at first favored by city officials -- bringing in $9 million in revenue -- but residents later voted by a 78 percent margin to ban the use of them in 2014.
So ignorant politicos vote in a program with dollar signs in their eyes. 78% of the population hates it and the politicians, realizing too late whom they are supposed to answer to, revoke the contract. Unfortunately, the corporate lawyers, so much smarter than your typical politician, drop in a standard termination-of-services clause that no one seems to catch...until to politicians get cold feet facing a pissed off electorate.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything about maintaining the cameras if they suffer damage from fast moving lead projectiles?

9/14/2015 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't there something there about ...
... b-r-i-b-e-s being involved?

Not in Chicago, the center of the corruption universe.

9/14/2015 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when did politicians start listening to the people that elected them?

9/14/2015 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that Rahm is Offering TIFs to companies who can install stealth traffic cameras... What's this guys problem.... These companies are already cleaning house with this operation. The costs involved are about 5 cents for paper and a stamp... Rest is profit

9/14/2015 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a parking meter system which you will love.

9/14/2015 04:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xerox is dead to me.

Never buy another product.

9/14/2015 05:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could we get a question like that on the ballot here?

9/14/2015 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you drive fine, there's no reason to whine.

9/14/2015 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't the hard working tax paying law abiding voters of Cleveland know that the politicians tell them what to do? Not the other way around. The people of Cleveland need to learn how to shut the fuck up and continue to vote the same assholes into office so they can continue to be bled of their finances. Just like it's done in the Great city of Shitcago.

9/14/2015 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we gert a referendum to end them here.

9/14/2015 06:53:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

Rahm will not write that check. He likes it when we are angry.

9/14/2015 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would never happen in Chitcago. Our voters are the dumbest sheep in the nation. Slaves, really, wearing invisible chains shackled on by their communist masters.

9/14/2015 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A City can't handle a 9 mill$ lawsuit. That town is just SAD-ass.

9/14/2015 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So once again a major mistake by downtown morons that'll cost the taxpayer a butt load. So typical of the idiots that "run" things.

9/14/2015 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Is there anything about maintaining the cameras if they suffer damage from fast moving lead projectiles?

9/14/2015 12:41:00 AM

Their cases are armored, most bullets wouldn't do any good and why give the anti-gunners anything to use.

What they have done in England is put flaming tires around the bases.
Crude, messy, but highly effective. Not that I would ever suggest that but if rioters are ever given "room to destroy" then some old Goodyears, some gas and a book of matches and I'll look the other way.

9/14/2015 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a good team of lawyers can break any contract, especially if bribery was proven to have taken place

9/14/2015 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Coming and Going", or "How I Screwed the Chicago Police Department" By Garry McCarthy

9/14/2015 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio has Republican leadership (Governor and state legislature). No comparison to Illinois.

9/14/2015 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did johnny bills move to Cleveland?

9/14/2015 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they expect the public to embrace the project? The only reason to not like this is if you're incapable of adhering to the traffic laws. Or are they just traffic suggestions? drive across city everyday and haven't gotten a ticket ever.

9/14/2015 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang, it is scary how stupid the city council in Cleveland is. They are getting sued for early-terminating a contract that expires in 1 June 2015.

Given how slow the courts move and how much lawyers cost, wouldn't the smart thing to do be just the let the contract run out and not renew? Explain that to the public and I am sure that they will get it.

9/15/2015 12:06:00 AM  

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