RICHMOND -- Contra Costa supervisors chose Concord over Richmond as the site of the new Affordable Care Act call center, but Richmond hasn't given up yet.

The City Council on Tuesday directed City Manager Bill Lindsay to send a letter to the state stating that Richmond always had the cheaper bid and stands ready to accept the call center if the Concord deal falls through.

Several council members and Supervisor John Gioia lamented losing the call center, which initially seemed destined for Richmond. Councilman Nat Bates bemoaned suspect "ethics and morals" of a process where deadlines and bid closures were broken several times. Council members and public speakers groused about chummy relationships between some supervisors and the owner of the Concord site that was awarded the contract.

Gioia said "the process was broken. It was a bad process."

In the end, the supervisors voted 3-2 to choose the Concord site for the center for at least three years.

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