Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 | Gosh, Scott Lewis wishes there’d be a “sincere” debate on the pros and cons of Mayor Sanders’ bid to outsource every city civil service job in Proposition C.

Will private practitioners be sweeping our streets instead of the invisibles who do it now? Will our sewers get unclogged by private sector engineers instead of laconic teams of stand-around-smoking water department guys and gals? Will it help salivating prospective entrepreneurs get city gigs if they give money to the mayor’s pet projects during election season?

Is there any language in Prop C that prevents outsourcing fire and police? State prisons got privatized, so why not local police and fire? It took Republican President Richard Nixon to go to China. Why shouldn’t ex-chief of police Jerry Sanders privatize law enforcement in San Diego?

Honest, there is no protective language on any of these matters in the text of Proposition C, so I will be voting No on C on November 7.

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