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  • The 1st Judicial District plans to ask the State Board of Finance on Wednesday for $250,000 to buy some furniture for the $60 million district courthouse...Martinez vetoed nearly $1.4 million the Legislature approved for courthouse furnishings earlier this year

    Look, how about we just give you twenty grand and you go on Craigslist.
  • Can't rule from the bench if you ain't got a bench.

    Maybe they can borrow some from a local park or something.

  • Marcus Aurelius


    Can't rule from the bench if you ain't got a bench.

    Maybe they can borrow some from a local park or something.


    They could stop at Home Depot for some supplies and day labor.
  • Does this courthouse replace an old courthouse? So move some stuff from the old courthouse over till you can restock the coffers and buy some new tables and chairs or whatever.
  • Move furniture from old location? That's what the rest of us do.

    Wait, we aren't judges, are we?
  • cgraves67: Does this courthouse replace an old courthouse? So move some stuff from the old courthouse over till you can restock the coffers and buy some new tables and chairs or whatever.


    That old crap? You don't expect them to actually be sensible about money, are you?
  • "Hey guys, we'll need a few cases of metallic spray paint for the supply closet!"

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  • Having worked in Purchasing, I can tell what happened here:

    Five weeks ago - Purchasing: "Give me the order with quantity and specification today, there's a three-week lead time for furniture deliveries"
    Four weeks ago - ditto
    Three weeks ago - ditto
    Two weeks ago - Purchasing: "Just so you know, we missed the lead time so if we order now the furniture will arrive one week late"
    One week ago - ditto

    Today - Boss: "Where the hell is our furniture???" Purchasing "(Facedesk)"
  • City officials were surprised to learn a new school near me needed furniture. The project was so far over budget the extra $700,000 hardly affected total cost.
  • No one forgot to buy anything. 250k has been approved, construction wont be done for a month... the problem is another 400k in furniture is needed and 200k in computers is needed... that has not been approved... and, BTW, 1.4 million that could have gone to those things was vetoed. So the building will be unused not because of the 250k, but in spite of it.
  • Kind of like so many of the McMansions around here: 26 rooms, but only five with furniture.
  • As a Real Estate/Facilities Management Project Manager, I cannot fathom how this happened. How do you "forget" this? Who was in charge?

    DNRTFA
  • crabsno termites: Move furniture from old location? That's what the rest of us do.

    Some of the furniture for the new school I mentioned was supposed to come from the old school. It's illegal to move old furniture from an old school to a new school because old furniture doesn't meet new building fire safety codes. Some of it could be moved to old schools (where kids' lives aren't as important?), some had to be disposed of as surplus.

    Possibly the courthouse has the same problem. Possibly judges didn't want to take their operation down for a week just to have the same old creaky chairs in the new place.
  • crabsno termites: Move furniture from old location? That's what the rest of us do.

    Wait, we aren't judges, are we?


    It's probably already gone or been destroyed. What's more awesome is that they forgot they needed new computers. "OK, we're ready to go! Let's open the doors!" Uh--we can't, boss, there's no way to print the calendar. Or read the mail.
  • TFA says the governor approved $250K, after vetoing a previous budget of $1.4 million. Maybe she was actually trying to save the taxpayers some money. If she was, good for her.
  • What will New Mexicans think of next? The Pueblo Indians were too stupid to invent doorways, so they get in and out of their houses with ladders.
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  • Overfiend: As a Real Estate/Facilities Management Project Manager, I cannot fathom how this happened. How do you "forget" this? Who was in charge?

    DNRTFA


    I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the project management was outsourced and that furnishings were in the project budget. However, like so many locally managed projects, oversight SUCKS and the money disappeared into "cost overruns," which can also be described with the single word "embezzlement." We probably won't hear about the upcoming audit and investigation.
  • ZAZ: Some of the furniture for the new school I mentioned was supposed to come from the old school. It's illegal to move old furniture from an old school to a new school because old furniture doesn't meet new building fire safety codes.



    Even if the equipment is perfectly alright?
  • $250k, that's like two desks, right? Surely they could open the building two desks short.
  • Cost more than Hoover Dam... hope visitor days aren't that busy for this wonder of the modern world.
  • D_Evans45

    Old buildings are normally grandfathered when building codes change. What would be legally considered a deathtrap in a new building could be acceptable in an old one.
  • Overfiend: As a Real Estate/Facilities Management Project Manager, I cannot fathom how this happened. How do you "forget" this? Who was in charge?

    DNRTFA


    A porject manger. Oh well, guess I won't be able to re-read this e-mail at work.
  • OH don't tell me about purchasing, as a lab manager i used to call the company and order a six months worth of supplies and get it within a week ;then purchasing took over all the ordering and they only ordered a months worth at a time and got it two weeks later...try to do testing when there are no reagents.
  • *thread, not e-mail. Sorry, Freudian all-project-managers-are-intrinsically -incompetent-sorry-I-meant-slip.
  • JackieRabbit: Overfiend: As a Real Estate/Facilities Management Project Manager, I cannot fathom how this happened. How do you "forget" this? Who was in charge?

    DNRTFA

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the project management was outsourced and that furnishings were in the project budget. However, like so many locally managed projects, oversight SUCKS and the money disappeared into "cost overruns," which can also be described with the single word "embezzlement." We probably won't hear about the upcoming audit and investigation.


    This sounds completely reasonable.

    Thanks!
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