9/29/2010 – The latest on the Parking Meter matter

For those of you who’s heads are starting to spin at this point, here is an update. There was a city council rules committee meeting last night. Aaron Renn (www.urbanophile.com) was invited by council democrats to testify about his thoughts on the ACS agreement. Deputy Mayor Michael Huber was also invited to talk about it. Two local bloggers, lets call them, more politcal than Urban Indy, weighed in on the meeting over the last 12 hours. Their analysis is clear, concise and provides an easy to read version of the events. Neither posts are that long, worth the reading but come with a warning. They are both spun in a light that show how the ACS deal is a bad deal. At this point, so many people are pointing out why it is bad, without any evidence from the city to the contrary. At some point, one has to decide who is wrong…


Had Enough Indy? – Indy Deserves Better

Indy Student – More on the ACS parking deal

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  • I’ve read many articles regarding the downtown Indianapolis parking meter ordeal. I’ve read many articles concerning Affiliated Computer Services since the day they signed a contract with our FSSA welfare system in Indiana. I’ve worked for the State of IN for over 12 years. I’ve watched this ACS mentally torture their employee’s, their managers use intimidation tactics, place and increase workloads on their employees that left it impossible to maintain. The stress factors that ACS has allowed their employees to endure is reprehensible. Plus a salary freeze for the lower end employee’s.
    Companies that are successful have a solid foundation of ethics that do not stray. They keep their employees involved in decisions and progress; A part of the solution. Solid developing companies also affirm the worth of their work force and create moral boosters. Employees also love it when top officials visit their location on a regular basis. It sends a powerful signal when the leader comes to your workplace. It demonstrates that what you do matters.
    In the passed four years, I’ve not seen one top official visit. How pathetic is that?

    Companies that we want in our city and state, are companies with high ethical standards. Companies that value their employee’s and thrive from diversity. Companies that have proven track records that have proven success rates.
    When good companies move into a city, they begin to set standards for other companies. Indianapolis should be looking at the cities of Seattle, Raleigh, Boston and mimicking.

    Don’t allow this ACS company to create any more damage to our city and state and to the people of Indianapolis. Speak up ! Write letters ! Be heard !

  • thanks for all the coverage, but nobody seems to have mentioned what the next step is. how can concerned citizens step in and speak out against this debacle before we’re locked into this mess? when is the next hearing?

  • Write to your city-county council representatives. Everyone has five: a district councilor plus four at-large (countywide). Go to the Council website to narrow down your reps: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Council/Pages/home.aspx
    A big plus: they’re all up for re-election next year.

  • ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS – SEC Charges Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. With Stock Options Backdating and False Disclosures:
    “The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., alleges that from 1995 to 2006, ACS engaged in a fraudulent and deceptive scheme to provide executives and other employees with undisclosed compensation.”
    Above is a part of a recent into ACS.

    Seriously folks let’s get real.
    Public officials are supposed to be trustees of the commonweal, not political
    buccaneers seeking their own private gain. But sometimes, in what economists call a
    principal-agent problem, those trustees forsake that obligation and misuse the power
    delegated to them in ways that advance their personal interests rather than those of the
    Corruption distorts the allocation of resources toward projects that
    can generate illicit payoffs. Besides the undesirable efficiency consequences arising
    from this distortion, the effect is likely to aggravate social inequalities, because the poor and powerless suffer, by definition, a comparative disadvantage in securing special favors.
    If the $500,000 has to be paid if the City-County Council will not vote for the ACS deal. Pay ACS’s political blackmail scheme and get them out of town. Like all the other commentaries together with articles I’ve been reading have showed, ACS is not the kind of corporation we want in our town. Political blackmail, special interests, conflict of interests, WHERES THE FBI? WHERES THE FEDS?
    Has anyone ever read ACS Ethical Standards they try to impose on their employees at the welfare office. Their employees aren’t allowed to accept even a Christmas card. Yet the CEO’s and Directors of this company have done just that.
    ACS is a shameful, unethical, disgraceful hypocrite, not to mention the so called “leaders” of Indianapolis for creating this mess.
    What an embarassment to our city.

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