Council members Choi, Johnson, Myrick, Bates, Butt approved G-3 to sole-source, with no competitive bidding process, Nematode, LLC, proprietor, Bobby Winston, as the de facto property manager for Terminal, 4 for five years. Bobby Winston is a friend and past fundraiser for our Mayor and is not a professional property manager.
Mayor Butt did not recuse himself from voting on this agenda item.
Please thank Council member Martinez for voting against G-3 and speaking in defense of putting Richmond government jobs out to bid and government transparency.
Council member Willis was absent.
AGENDA ITEM: “A five year Lease Agreement with Nematode Holdings, LLC [Bobby Winston] and the Port of Richmond forTerminal 4 [public land north of Pt. Molate at tip of the headland], subleasing for general equipment storage and other waterfront uses and caretaker services.”
1. Where are the bidding documents? Was there a request for qualifications, specifications, and a public bidding process to select the best possible vendors, i.e. qualifications, experience, cost to the City, potential revenue generating for the City?
Jim Matzorkis, Executive Director of the Richmond Port, confirmed yesterday that there was no bidding process. Why? He said Bobby Winston, proprietor of Nematode Holdings, submitted a “very lucrative proposal.” How does the City know Bobby Winston’s is the most “lucrative” proposal without a competitive bidding process? “Lucrative“ for whom?
2. What are Bobby Winston’s qualifications for managing this property and leasing operation? He is not a licensed property manager. Why is he even being considered?
Bobby Winston, a friend and past fund-raiser for the Mayor as well as proprietor of Nematode Holdings, LLC, was sole-sourced as the leasing and de factor property manager for Pt. Molate several years ago.