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Supporters Of Managed Competition Try Another Tack

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Aired 11/23/09

A coalition of San Diego contractors is joining forces with a San Diego city councilman to launch a campaign to make managed competition more viable for the private sector.

The November 2010 elections are a year away but interest groups are already launching signature gathering campaigns to put measures on the ballot. A coalition of San Diego contractors is joining forces with a San Diego city councilman to launch a campaign to make managed competition more viable for the private sector.

Construction contractors are among those supporting a measure that would change the rules for competing with city workers for contracts. City councilman Carl DeMaio, a long time advocate of privatizing city services, says the initiative would level the playing field.

“If we want to end sweetheart contracts and inefficient monopolies in city government, “ DeMaio said, “we need voters to impose reforms from the outside.”

Lorena Gonzales of the Labor Council said the proposal would allow contractors to undercut city workers by offering low wages, with no health care or benefits.

“I couldn’t imagine that somebody in these economic times would put such a give away to corporations on a local ballot initiative,” Gonzales said.

The measure is called the “Competition and Transparency in City Contracting” Initiative.

Supporters need to collect 96,000 signatures by next June to qualify it for the November ballot.

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