The Marinwood Fire Department INSISTS they have a new "Martha Stewart Kitchen" makeover. The original estimate cost was $5000 but rose to $100,000 quickly as demands for luxury appliances ($5000 oven, $4500 Viking Range, Custom stone countertops) and Contractor's with ties to the Marinwood CSD and the Fire Service "competed for bids". The Marinwood CSD altered the contract to "reduce costs" but still the bid was way out of budget range. One very generous resident offered to DONATE THE ENTIRE COST of the Kitchen up to $25,000. The Marinwood CSD refused the gift. Now the CSD is insisting on using special "government contractors" at 4 times the original bid cost when a VERY SERVICABLE kitchen can be done quickly for well under $25,000.
It is absurd.
So, as a public service, I am posting this video for Marinwood CSD. This is how REAL PEOPLE innovate when budgets are tight. It may contain a few ideas they can use to freshen up the kitchen while awaiting their "Martha Stewart Kitchen" to arrive.