The decision by the county Board of Supervisors to reject a recommendation by the Workforce Investment Board to award a $248,919 welfare-to-work program contract to Campesinos Unidos Inc. was a fair one, and we hope this issue can be resolved quickly.
WIB's recommendation that the contract be awarded to Campesinos was met with criticism by other local agencies also in the running for the contract. They voiced concern that there was a possible or apparent conflict of interest in the recommendation. Even the appearance of a conflict can be troubling when so much money is involved.
The Workforce Investment Board works hard to make sure work-training services are available to meet the needs of the Valley and the board has been fair in the way it gives the county Board of Supervisors recommendations for contracting out services.
The work Campesinos Unidos does in helping those in need is equally important. If WIB finds Campesinos should receive the contract — and there is no conflict of interest — then we will support that decision.