The US town that outsourced everything

When two uniformed police officers approached Hector Hernandez as he arrived at the City of Maywood's official Fourth of July celebrations, he feared the worst. The stocky 22-year-old – whose neck tattoo of a Playboy bunny indicates membership of one of the area's notorious Latino street gangs – hasn't exactly relished his previous interactions with the local forces of law and order. Imagine Hector's surprise, then, when the uniformed men held out an ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Chris Finnie - Jul 27, 2010 - 6:19 PM PDT
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Edited by: Chris Finnie - Jul 28, 2010 - 8:20 AM PDT

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Jul. 28, 2010

It always amuses me to read a "local" story from a foreign perspective. In this case, I grew up not far from the cities in question and am familiar with some of the problems described. Though the article doesn't describe the state budget woes that are adding to those of the cities, Adams captures the local challenges very well.

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Priscilla L. Davis
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by Priscilla L. Davis - Aug. 4, 2010

The results of the decision to outsource everything by the City of Maywood may be too premature to access fully. The free market can be brutal. The city may expose itself to increased costs later on that will outstrip any gain made in the short term. When this happens, where will the city find recourse. There is no longer a city government in place.

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The Thomas
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by The Thomas - Aug. 1, 2010

Good Journalism. The normal reporting I saw on this town only involved the most modern scandal. In fact, this town has a long history of scandal which was more interesting than the single current scandal. On top of that, this town's operation is unique in the U.S., and this was completely overlooked by the other media outlets I saw.

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