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There is only managed competition one time and that could lead to higher fees paid by the taxpayer. If a contract is privatized, the city assets and workforce will be eliminated which means that private contractors will have sole access to the work previously performed by city workers. Taxpayers should understand that for-profit contractors would love nothing more than to enhance their profits through San Diego’s tax base.

That’s why the over 122 businesses with financial interests in obtaining city contracts, have donated almost $1 million dollars to the Yes on B & C campaign.

Prop C does not prohibit public safety from being contracted out. Contrary to the statements made by Mayor Sanders and others, there is no legal prohibition from contracting out public safety services. Even City Attorney Mike Aguirre states that the city didn’t get an “A” on this effort, and that Prop C arguably prohibits contracting out public safety. And while it may not be an issue of contracting out police, fire or lifeguard jobs to the private sector, please note that police services for many municipal agencies are contracted out to the Sheriff’s department (Poway, Encinitas, San Marcos, Imperial Beach, Vista, etc.).

Municipal Fire Service in San Diego could be contracted out to the California Department of Forestry, which in our professional opinion will not provide the level of service provided by your current municipal fire department. Additionally, public safety related services, such as 911 dispatch, fire and police apparatus fleet repair, and code enforcement to name a few, are on the block and are fair game to be contracted out. police, fire and lifeguard professionals rely on the reliable, consistent service that those safety-related municipal employees provide. Contracting out these aspects of your public safety is against what we feel is good public policy.

While we understand Mayor Sanders repeated pronouncements that he does not intend to contract out public safety, the fact that the city has had to put this in an ordinance, pass a council Resolution of Intent and state their intentions to bring back a corrected version in 2008, shows their concern over the flawed nature of the proposition. Please understand that the council can change a resolution or an ordinance at anytime without the vote of the people, however the charter can only be changed by a vote of the people. Prop C intends to change the charter so the significance of the language can’t be understated. It should be done right the first time. That’s why we believe the voters should reject Prop C and reevaluate the corrected charter Amendment Mayor Sanders intends to bring forward in 2008.

Frank DeClercq

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