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File #: 20-061    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/27/2020 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 2/25/2020 Final action: 2/25/2020
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing a waiver of the request for proposals process and execution of an: A) Amendment to the agreement with Political Solutions, LLC for state advocacy services, increasing the amount by $180,080.64, for a maximum agreement amount of $353,080.64, and extending the term through December 31, 2021; and B) Amendment to the agreement with Cruz Strategies, LLC for state advocacy services, increasing the amount by $180,080.64, for a maximum agreement amount of $266,580.64, and extending the term through December 31, 2021.
Attachments: 1. 20200225_r_Political Solutions and Cruz Strategies.pdf, 2. 20200225_a_Political Solutions.pdf, 3. 20200225_a_Cruz Strategies.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael P. Callagy, County Manager
Connie Juarez-Diroll, Legislative Officer

Subject: Amendment to State Advocacy Services Agreements

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing a waiver of the request for proposals process and execution of an:

A) Amendment to the agreement with Political Solutions, LLC for state advocacy services, increasing the amount by $180,080.64, for a maximum agreement amount of $353,080.64, and extending the term through December 31, 2021; and

B) Amendment to the agreement with Cruz Strategies, LLC for state advocacy services, increasing the amount by $180,080.64, for a maximum agreement amount of $266,580.64, and extending the term through December 31, 2021.

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BACKGROUND:
In February 2014, the County issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state advocacy services. A committee of the Board, as well as County staff, conducted interviews and recommended that the County contract for state lobbying services with the firms of Political Solutions, LLC ("Political Solutions") and The Quintana Cruz Company, LLC ("Quintana Cruz") with a division of their respective policy areas of focus, as follows: Political Solutions (education, health and hospitals, social services, housing, and child support) and Quintana Cruz (elections, land use, local government, public safety, tax and finance, transportation, and environment).

DISCUSSION:
Political Solutions will continue to represent the County in the areas of education, health and hospitals, social services, child support, and housing, and will help to support the County's Home For All effort as needed. Pursuant to the proposed Amendment, Political Solutions will receive a yearly fee of $90,040.32 in calendar year 2020 and $92,741.52 in calendar year 2021.

In December 2018, Quintana Cruz began the process of dissolving and in January 2019, Steve Cruz (the ...

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