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Strapped for cash, the City of San Diego is looking for private movers, according to a recent request for bid for “office relocation services” posted on its website. The City “requires the services of a Moving/Relocation service to relocate staff on an as needed basis,” the request says. “The scope of work may consist of moving one or two employees and their equipment, moving equipment to storage, or relocating entire City departments from one location to another. Moves may take place between floors in the same building or moving between buildings a number of miles apart.” The exact numbers of future moves is unknown, the request says, but based on past experience the contract is estimated to be valued at between $250,000 and $300,000 a year…Meanwhile, the City is also looking for a consultant to help it stage an emergency exercise simulating a “wildfire, similar to the 2003 and 2007 wildfires, which will include mass care and shelter operations and incorporate the activation of a mega-shelter within the City.”

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a2zresource Dec. 13, 2010 @ 9:05 p.m.

RE "the City is also looking for a consultant to help it stage an emergency exercise":

Hopefully, the level of city employee emergency management certification has greatly improved since several were busted cheating on FEMA Emergency Management Institute testing a few years back...

Some specific courses on disaster prep exercises, which should all be old news for the successful exercise consultant candidate:

IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS120A.asp

IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS130.asp

IS-139 Exercise Design http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is139.asp

It wouldn't hurt if every city council member has these certifications already, but I wouldn't be surprised if most have never heard of this stuff before. After all, why should we expect them to know anything about federal reimbursement of local disaster response costs? It apparently wasn't well known by them when two trash hauling contractors left San Diego stuck for the otherwise-reimbursable costs of the botched 2007 wildfire cleanup.


Founder Dec. 14, 2010 @ 8:50 a.m.

A very good idea but are you really suggesting that our Leaders actually lead?

That's "pie in the sky" thinking here in San Diego!


Founder Dec. 14, 2010 @ 8:47 a.m.

If the Kessler Suit goes to trial, there will be lots of City folks moving...

Idea, Just like the Military has a RED group to make their war games more realistic, I suggest that you consider leading a RED fraction to put some realism into their emergency exercise and get paid for it...

I'd be glad to help!


a2zresource Dec. 14, 2010 @ 10 a.m.

That suggestion brings back many fond memories of playing Aggressor Force against the 82d Airborne back in the Cold War, complete with exploding grenade simulators and other noise makers that we tactically tied to trees right at ear level. Advice: never volunteer to play POW to the 82d. Unfortunately, I was ordered to volunteer for that day, retaliation for me scamming my way off the guard duty rotation roster in the Old Guard.

I'm pretty sure our council members would not want me writing up the disaster exercise scenario, as it would necessarily involve the surviving city residents launching multiple recall petitions over emergency preparedness negligence by civic leaders.


Founder Dec. 14, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m.

What better way to discover the flaws in their system before they become a reality! BTW: It bets them watching football on their giant flat screens in the new Emergency Center!


a2zresource Dec. 14, 2010 @ 3:48 p.m.


Disaster Scenario Event Sequence.

  1. Lose Proposition D [Check!]

  2. Botch KESSLER settlement

  3. La Jolla declares independence and cuts City of San Diego property tax receipts by 80%

  4. CCDC cuts the remainder by demanding its tax increment share on downtown property tax remainder

  5. City of Bell offers to outsource council meetings... local residents seem highly interested in this as an apparent improvement

See? They won't want me writing THAT document...


a2zresource Dec. 14, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.

Come to think of it, IF the City of San Diego is looking to hire a consultant for disaster exercise planning and implementation, THEN that's an admission that none of our senior public safety officials are actually leading the Police Department and Fire Department.

IT IS THEIR JOB TO COME UP WITH THAT EXERCISE PLAN AND DISASTER SCENARIOS FOR EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR OWN DEPARTMENTS or all they are doing is just collecting paychecks and pension credits. For city-wide exercises, IF the Police and Fire Departments are driving emergency management planning and coordination for drills and exercises, THEN nobody is really in charge here... especially not even the strong mayor.

The City of San Diego may be in a bigger world of hurt than most of us can possibly imagine if San Diego public safety is and continues to be on autopilot...


Founder Dec. 15, 2010 @ 8:02 a.m.

In the CYA world that our City Leaders now operate, I expect everything to be outsourced so that someone else will always shoulder the blame if anything goes wrong...

I agree with you, if our Leaders cannot do the job themselves then they should not be allowed to "run" the exercise because the planning of the event is more important than the even itself and they should some folks (think RED Team) to throw some unexpected monkey wrenches into the event for realism, other wise it is just another feel good waste of taxpayers dollars!

When the ship really hits the fan, it will be everyone for themselves unless you happen to live in the wealthier neighborhoods which will be patrolled because it will be much safer for those doing the patrols.

Should large fires break out, the current "PLAN" is just to evacuate everyone from huge areas so that they can be housed somewhere else, leaving portions of our City empty which makes for wonderful locations for those to sleep 24-7 while on the City clock racking up huge overtime payments, instead of clocking out and allowing fresh trained supervised volunteers to take over while the FF & PD sleep.

I wish someone would post the amount of overtime paid and those who received the most OT hours during the last big fires; that would illustrate why SD is in hot water financially!


a2zresource Dec. 15, 2010 @ 8:44 a.m.

Oops... "are driving emergency management" should have been "are NOT driving emergency management"


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