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Former Mayoral Candidate Chides Sanders For 'Lethargic Approach'

San Diego businessman Steve Francis released a report on Wednesday suggesting the city of San Diego could save up to $200 million a year if it outsourced city services to the private sector. Francis,

Former Mayoral Candidate Chides Sanders For 'Lethargic Approach'

San Diego businessman Steve Francis released a report on Wednesday suggesting the city of San Diego could save up to $200 million a year if it outsourced city services to the private sector. Francis, who lost to Jerry Sanders in the mayor's race in 2005, accused Sanders of being too slow to implement managed competition at the city. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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It might sound like a nerdy economic report, but it could be the opening salvo of campaigning for next year's mayor's race. Speaking by the fountain outside city hall, Francis said the city is still in a financial crisis and Mayor Sanders should have started outsourcing city jobs already to cut expenses.

<b> Francis </b> : The administration has taken a very lethargic approach to solving the city's problems.

Sanders has announced a time line which will hand over certain city services to private contractors by the summer of 2009 -- after giving city employees a chance to compete for the contract.

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<b> Sanders </b> : As a management team, we've approached this in a thoughtful and deliberate way because it’s intended to have a lasting impact on the city.

Francis has not yet declared whether he will run for mayor next year. His personally-funded think tank, the Institute for Policy Research, regularly produces reports analyzing city issues from the business perspective.

Alison St John KPBS News.