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It’s time for Public Comment, our weekly take on the San Diego City Council agenda. We link to all the agendas, briefly highlight an issue and invite readers to weigh in with their thoughts.

  • City Council Agenda, Oct. 26, 2009
  • City Council Supplemental Agenda, Oct. 26, 2009
  • City Council Closed Agenda, Oct. 26, 2009
  • City Council Agenda, Oct. 27, 2009
  • Redevelopment Agency Closed Agenda, Oct. 26, 2009
  • Redevelopment Agency Agenda, Oct. 27, 2009

Note: Monday’s regular meeting will occur at 6 p.m. in Kearny High School’s auditorium. Non-agenda public comment will be held there as well.

Monday’s supplemental agenda is on amending guidelines to the city’s budgeting processes. Monday’s closed Redevelopment Agency meeting is on the Paseo project.

Issues of interest: Three years of fits and false starts on Mayor Jerry Sanders’ outsourcing program has come down to Tuesday’s impasse hearing before City Council.

First, let’s be clear about what Tuesday’s hearing won’t decide. This decision has nothing to do with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s opinion that the city can outsource services without bids from city departments. This decision does not deal with the implementation ordinance for the program, which will come later. This decision has no impact on services already outsourced that are up for a renewed bid like a portion of the city’s IT department.

Council members will be deciding on the city’s guide for “managed competition” or the process where city departments compete with private industry to provide city services. At issue in the impasse hearing are disagreements between the Mayor’s Office and the two affected unions, the white-collar Municipal Employees’ Association and the blue-collar Local 127, on matters like health care.

After three years, there’s plenty of history here. I plan to write more about managed competition in advance of Tuesday’s meeting. What are some things you’re confused about or think are important to for me cover or emphasize? Email me, tweet me or comment in The Hall blog if you’re not already there.

And, as always, tell me what else is good to follow at the meetings. We also accept questions, comments and derogatory remarks.

— LIAM DILLON

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