At the first Board meeting since our story "Family Ties" aired, Supervisor Mike Antonovich has asked the county counsel and the county auditor to investigate a contract we featured in that piece.
"Family Ties" focused on L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe and son, Matt, a partner at the powerful lobbying firm of Englander, Knabe & Allen. A client of that firm, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, recently won a five-year, nearly $2-million fleet management contract to provide and maintain 61 new cars for the housing authority.
When we looked at the list of firms the county picked to compete against Enterprise, we found auto body shops, tire dealers, and tour bus operators. In fact, most of the companies on the list did not appear qualified to bid on the contract. And of the companies on the list we spoke to, qualified or not, not one told us they even received the invitation to bid on the contract. Enterprise was the only company to respond and won a sole-source contract worth almost $2 million. Supervisor Knabe voted to approve the deal.
Antonovich has asked the auditor and county counsel to report back as quickly as possible, perhaps as early as next week. We'll have more of this and new information on another county contract Antonovich might be interested in looking at on "SoCal Connected" Wednesday night.