I’ve been getting some flak from Oakley residents over my statements earlier this week accusing Councilman Randy Pope of undermining Police Chief Bani Kollo. Now that the video has been made available, it provides proof that backup my statements and apparently Mayor Kevin Romick agrees with me as he admitted Mr. Pope provided misinformation at the council meeting.
I would encourage Mr. Pope to issue an apology at the next meeting for essentially stating that staff didn’t do their job correctly or properly research for correct information. Mr. Pope has been proven wrong in his actions.
Here is what transpired at the meeting which can be verified by going to the video.
Pope: “I spoke to the Chief before the meeting and I know we have differing opinions on this. What I guess what I am asking is postponing this item until CHP sorts out there RFP process. The reason being is that the BMW that are being proposed are going to cost us $25,000. The Kawasaki that CHP had adopted and has been running for about 2-years on the state bid would cost us $16,900.”
He went onto explain that other agencies adopted the bikes and found the Kawasaki was a better, safer machine, and cheaper. He went into the maintenance costs being more expensive on the BMW such as the clutch.
“I know the Chief feels strongly about this, but I don’t believe this to be in our best financial interest,” stated Pope.
Mayor Romick then invited up the Chief to give additional comments.
Kollo: “The information I have, and I am not going to debate councilman Pope… every brand has its advantages and I can understand and appreciate his position. We actually tested the Kawasaki (Kawi) and were locked solid into buying the kawi… we really liked the bike. The $16,900 number, I’d have to see it to believe it but we were ready to go and in fact called CHP to piggy back on their contract and the information I got from CHP, not from the Sargent he spoke to but from the gentleman who does all their RFP process was that they terminated the contract with Kawasaki. The reason they terminated the contract with Kawasaki is because they couldn’t keep up with the numbers,” explained Kollo.
The chief went onto explain that there is a lot of conflicting information on Kawasaki and none on BMW while sharing that even if he wanted to buy the Kawaski locally, Kawasaki could not even get him the bike.
The entire exchanged can be seen on the City of Oakley website between the 47:15 to 54:36 minute mark.
I asked Mayor Romick in the comments section of my original post the following question:
Kevin… correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Mr. Pope has now been proven to have been given “bad” information from his source about the bikes. Kawaski is no longer making the bikes available to the State.
It would appear that is true. The first two paragraphs from the link provided above:
“Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.
Kawasaki’s decision deals a blow to the cycle’s prospects for wider police adoption and curtails the return to the police motorcycle market of a company that produced the “CHiPS”-era KZ1000P.”
While Councilman Pope may be focused on price, it really doesn’t matter if the vendor cannot deliver the bikes. More to the point, the Chief questions Popes $16,900 figure. In doing my own little Google search, I found prices ranging just $2,000 less than comparable BMWs and Harleys (a total savings of around $4,000) which likely will now be wasted using staff time for more research.
Mr. Pope, either be a councilman or a police chief, but you can’t do both!