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San Diego Council Forwards PLA Ban To Voters

— San Diego voters will get to weigh in on whether the city should ban labor agreements on public construction projects. The vote will happen even though the city’s never entered into such an agreement.

Project labor agreements dictate things like wages, benefits and working conditions on construction projects; they’re largely seen as benefiting labor unions.

The San Diego City Council today decided to allow voters to weigh in next June on whether to ban such agreements on public construction projects.

The vote will cost San Diego more than $500,000. But state legislation recently signed by the governor says cities that prohibit consideration of PLA’s can’t get state money for those projects.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said it’s still unclear what the impact for San Diego will be if voters pass the ban.

"Does the initiative block all state funding for construction projects in the City of San Diego?" he asked.

Goldsmith said the answer to that depends on your interpretation of the new state law.

The council voted unanimously to forward the issue to voters, though several members said they believed it was expensive and unnecessary. Their only other option was to adopt the ban outright.

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HarryStreet | October 4, 2011 at 9:16 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

I do agree that private businesses should be able to bid for city projects. However, they can create an agreement with the city as ludicrous as labor unions. Management gives themselves ridiculous bonuses for meeting timelines and milestones, overtime payment is out of control, and the job gets stretched out for the sole purpose of keeping people working, all at the expense of the taxpayer.

The taxpayers have less and less each week, which is why his form of labor cannot be tolerated. On my streets I've seen city workers put in place physically-challenged-friendly sidewalks for wheelchair access. In my 20 years living in this neighborhood I've only seen two misfortunate individuals using a wheelchair. I cannot wonder how much this is costing the taxpayer.

In any case, whatever happens whoever gets the contract should not stipulate bonuses and overtime pay at a time when teachers are being laid off.

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