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The City Council today confirmed Mayor Jerry Sanders’ appointments for the panel that will oversee the process allowing businesses to compete with public employees for city work.

The seven-member board includes four citizens: Murray Galinson, Desa Burton, Charles Kim and Faye Wilson; two mayoral appointees: Financial Management Director Mary Lewis and Business and Grants Administrator Debra Fischle-Faulk. The council’s deputy independent budget analyst Penne Takade rounds out the panel.

The board is tasked with reviewing the solicitations for companies. The mayor and council can only approve or refuse the panel’s recommendations in their entirety and cannot alter them.

The board’s appointment comes several months late, as Sanders predicted after last year’s passage of Proposition C that the group would be empanelled in early 2007. It is one of the several steps in setting up the “managed competition” program that has been delayed. The whole program is behind schedule by more than a year.

Sanders said on Friday he wants $120 million worth of municipal services to be put up for competition. Those services include trash collection, street sweeping, graphic design, dead animal pick-up, landfill monitoring and the maintenance of streets, traffic signals, storm drains and streetlights. The city will further study those services and decide by the spring which ones will be put out to bid, Sanders said.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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