Gresham Savage Obtains Victory for Current Concessionaire at Will Rogers State Historic Park

July 25, 2016

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016

Gresham Savage Obtains Victory for Current
Concessionaire at Will Rogers State Historic Park

— Parks & Recreation Dept. agrees process that awarded contract to competitor was flawed —

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Gresham Savage, a leading, full service law firm, has announced that the Department of Parks and Recreation will retain the law firm’s client, Westside Riding School, as its provider of equestrian lessons and trail rides at Will Rogers State Historic Park after successfully arguing that the Department’s award of a new contract to Jigsaw Farms was improper.  The action taken by the Department affirms the Proposed Decision made by Administrative Law Judge Johnathan Lew in April that the concession should not have been awarded to Jigsaw Farms, a competitor.

“We are very grateful to the Department for acknowledging that it improperly determined that Jigsaw should be awarded the contract,” said Jonathan E. Shardlow lead attorney with Gresham Savage.  “The school very much looks forward to continuing to serve the public that frequents this beautiful, historic park, and in maintaining an excellent relationship with the Department.”

Westside initially operated under a two-year concession contract, but has been on a month-to-month status since 2008. In late 2014, the Department elected to enter into a ten-year concession contract and began work on a Request for Proposals.

In 2015, the Department awarded the contract to Jigsaw after its Request for Proposals bid scored the most points. However, Westside, a fixture at the park for many years, protested on several grounds. Its major point of contention was that the Department abused its discretion in awarding the contract, but also noted that Jigsaw failed to substantiate that it had five years of experience owning, managing or operating a business of similar type, size and scope as the concession. In addition, Westside identified scoring issues which it believed demonstrated that the award board allocated points “in a troubling and seemingly arbitrary fashion.”

Jigsaw Farms was represented by Greenberg Traurig.  Another bid protestant, Ride On LA, was represented by O’Melveny & Myers.

 

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