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Mayor announces two ballot initiatives to change labor laws

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders wants to put two initiatives on the November ballot that would change the city's labor laws. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Labor groups and business interests are lining up for and against the mayor's proposal to put an initiative on the ballot that would allow the city to privatize more city services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Flanked by more than two dozen supporters, including representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and two city council members, Mayor Jerry Sanders launched his effort to change the city charter to allow more managed competition.

The mayor is under pressure to move rapidly on this issue, which was one of his campaign pledges.


However Donald Cohen of the Center on Policy Initiatives, who represents working families, says the devil is in the details when it comes to privatizing.

Cohen: "Until we know the exact details of how we're going to compare contractors, how we're going to protect against corruption, there's a lot of detailed language we need to look at to make sure we don't fall into the same sort of contracting situations we're seeing around the county."

Cohen sites recent corruption scandals breaking at the federal level.
Supporters of the mayor's proposal say it's time to make city services as efficient as the private sector. Alison St John, KPBS News.