"When this administration inherited contracts with no DBE requirement, then we had really limited options," Deputy Mayor Emily Arata said.
program is about providing disadvantaged businesses with opportunities," Arata
"Then that business has to perform.
Unfortunately, Commander Corp.
has underperformed on numerous city jobs."
Among the problems in 2011 alone, Arata
said Taylor's firm was slow to respond to heating problems at Alvar Library
and left several gas leaks, failed to build a shed properly at Arthur Monday park, and did poor roof and door repairs at the Public Works Maintenance Building.
More recently, True Wall Enterprises
, a DBE subcontractor doing masonry work on the Youth Study Center
, complained about lack of payments from general contractor The McDonnel Group
alleged poor performance and tried to get True Wall
to sign over its payments to another firm that would take over the masonry job, and True Wall
complained to the Office of Supplier Diversity.
said the city declines to get involved in performance disputes between contractors and their subs, particularly if the decision to remove a DBE subcontractor has no bearing on them meeting overall DBE participation goals.
said The McDonnel Group
still has seven DBE firms on the project, keeping it on track to meet its 35-percent goal.