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Mayor Sanders commits to negotiations



San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders is juggling pressures from taxpayer advocates on one side and labor unions on the other. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Sanders told city council he needs more time to draft ballot initiatives for the November Ballot. The measures, which would allow the city to outsource more city services and require voter approval of future pension increases, are strongly opposed by city employees.

Sanders says he's committed to negotiating the issues, even though unions are digging in their heels.

Sanders: "Some of them have said they're not available, we've offered 7 days a week 24 hours a day. We'll continue to offer that through the next few weeks trying to reach agreements."

Unions may sue the city if it moves ahead without negotiating in good faith. But angry supporters of the measures say unions are stalling. Sanders encourages them start collecting signatures next week to meet a deadline to get it on the November ballot.

Sanders: "You know if private citizens want to move initiatives to the ballot, then private citizens have that opportunity."

Sanders says he hopes signature gathering will prove unnecessary, once the city council decides in four weeks, whether to put the measures on the ballot. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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