Posted: 03/28/2011 09:35:46 PM PDT
Updated: 03/28/2011 10:49:39 PM PDT
The least expensive option proposed by the county would save Half Moon Bay more than $1.2 million and consolidate services with the Sheriff's Office. The city desperately needs to cut costs to remain solvent in light of lawsuit payments, escalating personnel costs and a dwindling reserve.
A staff report lays out the city's rationale for choosing the county instead of Pacifica. Not surprisingly, lower costs top the list, along with the fact that the Sheriff's Office already has a presence on the coast. It patrols the mid-coast area and Skyline Boulevard.
Half Moon Bay City Councilman John Muller was quick to point out Monday that the council will have final say on the matter at the public meeting, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Adcock Community Center on Kelly Avenue. But Pacifica City Manager Steve Rhodes said he's been told his city's police bid is out of the running.
"I expected it," Rhodes said. "The county's proposal saved them more money."
Posted by Steve Sinai