Here's one other piece of this puzzle of a crisis - the tracking of the Sutor Group report.
Back in early 2009, district communications, for whatever reason, had been talking up the Small Business Works program. The Daily Journal of Commerce decided to do a piece on it. But the reporter wasn't going to just do some fluff piece "look at this great program" based on what the district PR put out. He had done a public disclosure request and got the Sutor Group report. Apparently, he called the district with questions and word went out to upper administration from Communications; the Daily Journal of Commerce had the Sutor Group report and may call about findings. All calls were to be referred to Communications.
Now MGJ put this in her daily Friday updates to the Board. Why no one on the
Board thought, "What is this report and why does it have actions and responses that a reporter would call about?"
The Board did not receive the Sutor Group report and were not briefed on the content or gravity of the findings.
The article came out March 3, 2009. The Daily Journal of Commerce isn't the most widely read newspaper in Seattle as it is more boutique newspaper for a certain group of people.
What ended up happening from the Sutor Group Report is that Potter wasn't allowed to make contracts under the Small Works roster BUT kept the ability to give out personal services contracts. He was also told to make sure his employees were trained and to follow Board policies and procedures as well as any laws, check contractors and use good business policies.
Obviously, none of that happened.