From the Voice of OC:
The Orange County Transportation Authority this month cancelled and then reissued a request for proposals for a multimillion-dollar public relations contract after former OCTA director Curt Pringle — whose firm’s bid for the contract was ranked lowest — complained that an authority employee improperly contacted other bidders, OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik has confirmed.
Zlotnik declined to specify the nature of the contacts or how Pringle’s firm, Curt Pringle & Associates, might have been unfairly disadvantaged, saying the details are part of a confidential personnel matter. Zlotnik acknowledged that the employee who allegedly made the contacts was disciplined but declined to name the employee.
“The process that OCTA followed was to ensure the procurement was handled in a transparent, honest and ethical manner,” Zlotnik wrote in an email to Voice of OC.
The six-year, $4.7-million contract is for public relations work relating to the Interstate 405 widening project, which will add another lane in both directions on a 14-mile stretch of the freeway.
The request for proposals was first issued on July 23. OCTA staff ranked the bid from Pringle's firm third among three bids submitted. The top-ranked firm was San Diego-based Simon Wong Engineering, followed by Seattle-based PRR Inc.
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