Not good news for fans of the Brea Police Department.
In a not surprising alignment, Winder-Lindsey voted in favor of renewing with Brea PD, Anderson-Schwing-Rikel voted to begin a new contract with OCSD. If anyone reading this is surprised by this result, I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’d love to speak to you about.
Many things were not considered in the evaluation of the bids. The overall sensibility seems the most overlooked. A new station is needed, new squad cars, new equipment, guns radios, phones, desks, copy machines for any agency that replaces Brea PD …..and the OSCD per their proposal is going to staff up and set up all of this at a reduced cost, saving the city of Yorba Linda $1 Million dollars each year, $5 Million over the life of their contract. That is more than $80,000.00 per month, less than the department who has been providing this service for 42 years, and they are fully equipped and staffed up. That’s fantastic, and the county officials who developed this bid and business model should really be consulting in private industry because in this economy, we could all use some advice on how to do that kind of magic. .
Anaheim was never realistically in the running, which is sad, because they had a great presentation, and a sensible, believable bid. They impressed with their availability of services, special teams and technology, as well as their knowledge and shared geography with Yorba Linda. I can not imagine why it was never proposed that Anaheim be awarded a partial contract for East Yorba Linda. The response time for Brea PD to East Yorba Linda has been an ongoing complaint. There are many occasions that Brea and Anaheim jurisdiction and enforcement overlap, why not apportion service geographically? The Anaheim station on Wier Canyon road is not realistically a good match for the West side of Yorba Linda given the long, so why not split it? This was not considered. A wholesale replacement of the entire contract was the only consideration. No kind of holistic approach, reworking or restructuring the relationship with Brea was undertaken. I assume, as many residents do, that it is because the contract was destined to go to OCSD. The public opinion on keeping the contract with Brea seems, as with many issues, to have been largely ignored by the 3 majority council.
I am saddened and at the same time inspired that 50 residents had the wherewithal to stay till the 3am vote, God bless them for their stamina, but I’m surprised they thought that their opinion mattered.
I wish I had different news to report. I wish I had written this blog a week, a month, a year ago, because I could have. (or even 6 years ago, Brea, who was passing out the Koolaid then?) No surprise of any kind here. Democracy and due process have died a slow painful death in Yorba Linda. Every resident has the option to be active, get involved, and vote in the next election. Each time I see this Kangaroo court convene I hope that this is the time that the mainstream residents in Yorba Linda become aware of the situation at City Hall and the utter dominance of one special interest group by virtue of their ownership of three seats. Nothing will change, the status quo will easily be maintained if the voting public continues to show apathy and fear of the YLRRR, which was so pervasive in the 2010 election.