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The city of San Diego is in a crisis. This crisis has been created by corruption and mismanagement through misinformed decisions. Proposition C continues this:

  • Nothing for Taxpayers
    The city already has all the tools it needs to bid contracts, and compete for efficiency. In fact there are over 3,000 private contracts competitively bid in different ways. The key issue is management of this work, oversight and monitoring.

If cost savings were real, I would like to see some data. The anecdotal evidence presented by the proponents uses questionable methodology that was not peer reviewed or independently verified. Look at the fiscal analysis that the city has prepared: It has no data, no methodology and no concrete safeguards that quality and cost will be controlled.

  • Pay-to-Play Corruption
    Contracting is a high-stakes game in which contractors have a vested interest in giving campaign contributions to elected officials who will be approving their contracts. It has happened on a large scale at the federal level (Halliburton) down to the local level (Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans…). It happened right here in San Diego, in the Duke Cunningham and the stripper-gate scandals.

Proposition C potentially opens the flood-gates of corruption on a grand scale. It does this by eliminating public-private competition. Contractors could lose all the time, the department needs to lose only once. Once a department is outbid, the entire department is dismantled permanently making it impossible for the city to bring the contract back in-house. A PUPPET Review Board (appointed by politicians) which only advises, and does not have any authority, is not a sufficient firewall.

  • Endangers Public Safety
    There is nothing in the charter amendment that prevents public safety from being outsourced. We have built our public safety apparatus over decades, making this one of America’s safest city. Our public safety system begins with someone making a 911 call to an operator, continues to the fire-truck mechanics, and the support system for the first responders. This measure could potentially dismantle this apparatus. Even though the current mayor says he will not do this, the law is the law is the law, and voter should not give dangerous tools to politicians that they don’t need.

We already won this battle in court, so the mayor is proposing a corrective measure in 2008. Why waste voter time and resources on a flawed measure?

– MURTAZA BAXAMUSA

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