Council Committee Takes Up Labor Backed Ballot Initiatives
The City of San Diego Rules Committee meetings Wednesday morning to consider placing three labor sponsored initiatives on the November ballot. Introduced just two weeks ago, the three measures are an effort by labor to counter the Competition and Transparency in City Contracting Initiative that was submitted by San Diego Councilman, Carl DeMaio. Whether or not his measure makes it to November remains in question with the City Clerk’s determination today that he failed to obtain the 96,000 valid signatures needed to qualify. DeMaio is appealing the finding and will demand a hand count of all signatures if necessary.
Ironically, the labor initiatives would go straight to the ballot without signatures if the council decides to do so. With labor dominance of the city council, the chances of the labor backed measures making it on the ballot are quite strong.
One ballot measure would result in voter approval of any commercial construction projects if they receive compensation from the city for routine items such as an easement or fee deferral.
Another would subject companies bidding on city projects to comply with the state’s Public Records Act that would require proprietary company information available to the public. It is a thinly veiled attempt to discourage contractors from doing business with the city.
Another seeks to amend the city’s outsourcing policy by requiring the Mayor to obtain bids from city employees for all work done by city contractors. It is seen as an attempt to make outsourcing so labor intensive that the city will not have the resources nor personnel to meet all the requirement’s.
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