Novato red tape consultant cuts new c...

Novato red tape consultant cuts new county deal

There are 10 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Oct 17, 2010, titled Novato red tape consultant cuts new county deal. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

A Novato consultant who helped the county get more than $6 million in federal reimbursements for 2005-06 storm damage in return for a 10 percent cut of the proceeds will get a better deal if he is able to recover even more cash.

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what

Coyote, CA

#1 Oct 17, 2010
Good job Mr. Kermani -great business idea. However-what do the city officials in Novato do? Most everything appears to be beyond the staff's ability in Novato. The town is falling apart maybe one of the bureaucrats should make it their job to get our federal money.
unbelievable

Mill Valley, CA

#2 Oct 17, 2010
I've never heard of a Public deal where a Blow Hard get's a percentage of federal tax monies?
Pay the Blow Hard hourly. Fire--if he fails--kinda simple.

1. A "Business Consultant said he could tell the time without a watch--he asked me for my watch--he told me the time!"
Sausalito Resident

Mill Valley, CA

#3 Oct 17, 2010
I think it is a good idea and makes sense to hire this person on such a basis that he is gets paid only if he is successful; doctors and elected officials should be paid on the same basis. Unfortunately it is a pathetic statement on our entire system that one branch of government must hire someone to win tax dollars from another branch of government. Are we not paying as tax payers both sides of this transaction?
Yeah Man

Oakland, CA

#4 Oct 17, 2010
Wow,$666,000 seems like a lot of money for something the County Assessor should be involved with, not the County Assessor but some similar office that the County runs. Anyone can claim a certain figure and increase it so that their take on it increases and therefore not being accountable to the purpose. There is something wrong with the current system if this is how Gov't does business. On the other hand, maybe this is the best way to do things and we are actually saving money. Who can really know except Mr. Kermani's hairdresser?

“Coffee Not Tea”

Since: Jan 10

Marin County

#6 Oct 17, 2010
It is a sad state of affairs when consultants need to be brought in to do the work that sould be being done by the County. No wonder we are in such a mess. Look at how the County handled the oversight of the pension fund. Millions upon millions lost due to lack of competent oversight. Maybe its past time to replace the county workers with the consultants...

Since: Dec 09

San Francisco, CA

#7 Oct 18, 2010
In Marin wrote:
It is a sad state of affairs when consultants need to be brought in to do the work that sould be being done by the County. No wonder we are in such a mess. Look at how the County handled the oversight of the pension fund. Millions upon millions lost due to lack of competent oversight. Maybe its past time to replace the county workers with the consultants...
Agreed. However not surprising since from what I have seen all around Marin in its leadership, a serious lack of financial fiduciary duty to tax payers seems par for course, while they spin their pet projects and ride useless spending and hiring - oh, of course for the "common good".

However I would like to ask rhetorically, all be it is a good thing for Novato to recoup funds locally that should be due to them to be used locally, where does this Federal reimbursement money come from? Ahhh yes...
Not Rich Enough

San Rafael, CA

#8 Oct 18, 2010
Gosh, I'm in the wrong line of work. I think I need to get into the consulting racket.

“Coffee Not Tea”

Since: Jan 10

Marin County

#9 Oct 18, 2010
MarinCitizen wrote:
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Agreed. However not surprising since from what I have seen all around Marin in its leadership, a serious lack of financial fiduciary duty to tax payers seems par for course, while they spin their pet projects and ride useless spending and hiring - oh, of course for the "common good".
However I would like to ask rhetorically, all be it is a good thing for Novato to recoup funds locally that should be due to them to be used locally, where does this Federal reimbursement money come from? Ahhh yes...
Exactly. They will hit you one way or the other.

Another point that the taxpayers in Marin need to be aware of: Much of the "work" being done in the county that plans, promotes, and implements the pet projects is done on separate Boards and Commissions, that are either entirely staffed by or represented by the Board of Supervisors. In this way the public has even less of a clue or understanding of what is going on until suffering the ramifications.
Fed Up

San Francisco, CA

#10 Oct 18, 2010
In Marin wrote:
It is a sad state of affairs when consultants need to be brought in to do the work that sould be being done by the County. No wonder we are in such a mess. Look at how the County handled the oversight of the pension fund. Millions upon millions lost due to lack of competent oversight. Maybe its past time to replace the county workers with the consultants...
It makes you wonder what the employees are actually doing?? Do they just hire consultants to do the REAL work, and then "supervise" them???

“Coffee Not Tea”

Since: Jan 10

Marin County

#11 Oct 18, 2010
Fed Up wrote:
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It makes you wonder what the employees are actually doing?? Do they just hire consultants to do the REAL work, and then "supervise" them???
Yes, consultants are regularly contracted to do the work, however supervision is not a strong point at the County in any capacity whether it be of contractors or employees. This can be seen in the current state of affairs with the pension fund, the computer software debacle, and the decaying infrastructure, to name a few. The knowledge base at the County is not strong enough, so consultants are brought in. Because of the weak knowledge base, those at the county doing the selection of contractors or hiring of staff do not know how to recruit. It is a big mess and the taxpayers pay and pay and pay while the services are cut, capital improvements are delayed, and more taxes and fees are requested of county residents in order to compensate for the incompetence, waste, and the salaries, perks, and benefits for the county workers.

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