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The most obvious impropriety at the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (Bay Area UASI) surrounds a $50+ million application for Federal grant funding to construct a broadband data communications network for public safety users.  City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara officials recognized the impropriety and took a firm stance to expose and oppose the questionable business practices of Bay Area UASI, the City and County of San Francisco and the County of Alameda.

For the first time in the history of the broadband project, details are being brought before an elected body for review and approval.  City of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his staff agendized this topic for action at a City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010.  The City’s staff report is here:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/clerk/Agenda/20101214/20101214_0303.pdf Numerous issues related to incredibly poor project management by the Bay Area UASI team and possible fraudulent activity are explained in the staff report.

The City of San Jose staff under the direction of Mayor Chuck Reed and the County of Santa Clara under the management of County Executive Jeff Smith have done phenomenal work on this issue.  They recognized the importance of the issue and took an aggressive, somewhat controversial position while maintaining unprecedented transparency and openness.

Copies of documents related to the BTOP grant are available below.

Links to my previous articles related to the improprieties at Bay Area SUASI

Click here for a comprehensive list of documents related to BayWEB.