Tom Lemmon, business manager of the Building Trades & Construction Council, has outlined his requirements for negotiating again with Gaylord Entertainment on the Chula Vista bay-front project.

In a July 25 letter to Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Lemmon spelled out three requirements:

1. Cox must publicly support labor’s insistence that Gaylord sign a legally binding agreement to hire local workers.

2. The Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors would have no role in negotiations.

3. If Gaylord doesn’t agree to a deal by Aug. 14, Cox should encourage the Unified Port of San Diego to reopen the bidding process for the bay-front development.

In a response written yesterday, Cox essentially endorsed Lemmon’s requests.

She said that hiring local workers was important; that no other groups would be involved in negotiations unless invited; and that the port and city should “move forward deliberately and positively with the best partners we can find” if Gaylord pulls out.

ROB DAVIS

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