Sunday, 25 June 2017
Home > News > Opinion > Conflict of Interest in Madera National Little League Photos

Conflict of Interest in Madera National Little League Photos Print E-mail
News - Opinion
Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Thursday, 14 April 2011 07:50

- This Saturday my kids are taking their baseball photos for the Madera National Little League. Except this year there is a new photographer with a new contract. That photographer is Gomes Images owned by Billy and Cathy Gomes.

Both of the Gomes are on the board of directors for the Madera National Little League. Only Mr. Gomes was elected by the general population of the league. Mrs. Gomes was appointed weeks after the general election.

Not only that but Kathy Gomes was the person who requested and accepted bids from other photographers. Now I do not know if Mrs. Gomes looked at all the bids before one was selected but she sure did have the opportunity. I also know she did not contact all the photographers that shoot youth sports in the area, let alone Madera, for bids.

I try to do business above board. If it's even a little bit in the gray, I stay away. I don't know how anyone looking at this contract can"t see it's at the very least a conflict of interest.

Taking bids for a contract is a way of getting the best price for the best work. If the person who wins the bid is also the person sending out the requests for bids and the person accepting the bids, common sense says there is a problem with this?

If this were a city contract and a city councilmen won the bid and voted to approve it, everyone would be screaming foul. How could the board of the Madera National Little League be so arrogant to think they would get away with this and no one would be yelling FOUL?

Not to mention that the photo prices are all higher this year then they were last year. And last years photographer's bid this year was less than the one that won the bid. Most of the packages offered this year are marked up over 500 percent. The largest package sells for $33 but has a print cost of only $6.50 (based on Snap Photos wholesale prices).

If your kid plays for the Madera National Little League you need to start attending board meetings. You need to start getting involved. This is your league and these are your kids. Get involved or get run over.



Comment on the Message Board

 Click Here to Comment

Don't just sit there, join the conversation! Just register your account to comment and let us know what you think. Have fun, but please keep it clean and stay on topic — inappropriate remarks will be removed. Commenting Rules: (1) Please increase the credibility of your post by including your full name in the body of your comment. (2) If you would not talk a certain way at a public meeting do not do it on BVN (3) Hate speech of any kind, libelous statements or threats to fellow users or others will be rejected and may be grounds for suspending or terminating a users account. (4) Any post on the message board that is SPAM or commerical use will be rejected and the users account will be suspected or terminated.

Look back at rule number two! Read the BVN Terms of Service at

Tell a friend about Big Valley News

Share this page on Facebook

Share on Facebook

Tell a Friend

If you like Big Valley News, please help us spread the word. Tell a friend or two or three about BVN today.

GameStop, Inc.
Free Standard Shipping on Orders $50+ at Burlington! Exc. tax & shipping charges, invalid in PR, AK & HI. Shop now!

Translate Website

Advertisement USA, LLC

Book Through America's Best Value Inn Today!

Shop Jelly Belly


Account Info


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Join Our E-News List


We have 56 guests online


1625 Howard Road #133
Madera, California 93637
(559) 477-4275

JW Porter - Publisher/Editor
Over 6 Million Served Since 1997

Make Us Your Homepage