Walter Mencken 5:01 p.m., Nov. 25
Hewlett Packard's Contract with San Diego County
Election night, June 5, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website was going to report tallied votes online. However, the service was down between 8:00 and 10:00. The U-T reported that "San Diego County and Hewlett Packard are investigating what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to shut down the county's public website..."
Hewlett Packard has close to a $700 million contract with the county. According to a May 2011 San Diego Business Journal article, Northrop Grumman had the contract with the county but withdrew before it ended. Hewlett Packard, which had already been sub-contracting with Northrop, picked up the deal.
A Government Technology online source from May 2011 said, "Northrop Grumman gave few details about its decision to end the company's business relationship with San Diego County." The article went on to say that "Northrop has been trying to improve its IT management contract with Virginia, a $2.3 billion partnership beset with some high-profile computer outages that have drawn the public eye."
The 2012 financial disclosure form of County Supervisor Greg Cox shows that his spouse, Mayor Cheryl Cox, has between $2,000-$10,000 in a Hewlett-Packard IRA.
County Supervisor Diane Jacob's financial disclosure statement shows that she had between $10,000-$100,000 in Hewlett Packard stock, however she disposed of it in February 2011.
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