The warning found on the anti-Proposition C ballot argument that San Diego’s fire and police services could be outsourced if the proposition passes was upheld Tuesday despite a legal challenge to strike the wording.

Judge Ronald Prager affirmed yesterday’s tentative decision, saying the signatories of the anti-Proposition C ballot statement did not mislead voters. The plaintiff failed to meet the burden of proof, the judge ruled Tuesday.

Proposition C is the measure that would allow private businesses to compete with the civil service for city work. Paul Robinson, a Proposition C backer, challenged the wording in a lawsuit, claiming it was false and could mislead voters. They claim that the City Charter protects firefighters and police officers from losing their jobs to private sector workers.

They dispute this passage:

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.

You can read the Proposition C arguments here.


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