Business Process Reengineering is another name for organizational restructuring, that is occurring in our city even as we blog. We need to create public structures that are accountable to the public, and function well. We both agree that it should be done as part of reform of the management. The fact that this is being done today proves that this measure is unnecessary. We work better when we work as a team, when inspiration guides us rather than threats. Better results be accomplished quietly through implementing the rank-and-file suggestions you bet are not being implemented.

Taxpayers should be rightly worried by these political parades of reform. They are expensive and reckless. They have led to corruption on a grand scale in Indianapolis and elsewhere noted in a recent Los Angeles Times article .

So I have three questions for Lani:

1) Name one city department that does not contract out today. If the charter “prohibits contracting of services,” then is the mayor already violating the charter?

2) Why are there no taxpayer protections in this measure against cronyism and corruption amongst politicians who are ultimately awarding the contracts?

3) You state that “greatest benefit of managed competition is the process that it creates.” What language in the charter is holding the city back from “periodic review of service, management and performance levels based on objective, measurable criteria”…?

If there is anything that should be the topmost priority for the mayor, it should be in restoring the public trust in the public system that serves our residents. Our city’s residents want to see the results of the stronger power that the mayor already exercises. The last thing we want to do coming out of the frying pan is to play with fire .


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