A Superior Court judge has tentatively sided with the San Diego city clerk in a lawsuit that challenges claims that San Diego’s police and fire services could be outsourced to a private company if Proposition C is passed in November.

A private citizen sued the city clerk for allowing the signatories of the argument against Prop. C to state that the measure would “put public safety at risk.” The voter pamphlet reads:

Under Prop. C there is no prohibition on contracting out police protection, fire protection and lifeguard services. These essential public safety services should not be managed by private companies who care more about their bottom line than our safety.

Judge Ronald Prager provisionally ruled Monday that plaintiff Paul Robinson didn’t prove that the claim was false and misleading.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled in Prager’s courtroom tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The proposition, a Sanders campaign promise, would open up city services to competition from private companies.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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