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Exemption Of Core Public Safety Services From Managed Competition
City of San Diego
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 130108 / 67.94% Yes votes ...... 61386 / 32.06% No votes
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Shall the voters approve an amendment to the Charter to exempt from the Managed Competition process the core public safety services provided by police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards who participate in the City's Safety Retirement System?
The City Council has authorized the placement of a proposition on the ballot seeking voter approval to amend Article VII, section 117 of the City Charter to exempt from the Managed Competition process the core public safety services provided by police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards who participate as safety members in the City's Retirement System.
In general, the safety members that participate in the City's retirement system include sworn officers of the City Police Department, uniformed members of the City Fire Department, and full-time City lifeguards. The "core public safety services" are those services performed by police officers, firefighters and lifeguards that are essential for public protection and safety.
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San Diego Union Tribune
|Arguments For Proposition A||Arguments Against Proposition A|
|PROPOSITION A PROTECTS POLICE, FIRE, AND LIFEGUARD SERVICES|
Voting "Yes on A" ensures that Police, Fire, and Lifeguard services receive protection and priority. Proposition A exempts these safety professionals from Managed Competition.
Police, Fire and Lifeguard services should NOT be contracted-out to private companies. Core safety services must be protected as an essential first duty of government, performed only by persons directly accountable to the Mayor and taxpayers.
PROPOSITION A: PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES ONLY BY CITY PROFESSIONALS
Firefighters who bravely step into harm's way deserve the guarantee that our City will give them the best training and support possible. Our homes, our families, our lives, and our economy all depend on the quality of these brave women and men. We cannot entrust this to outside interests.
PROPOSITION A KEEPS THE BEST SAFETY OFFICERS WORKING FOR SAN DIEGO
In the past few years we have doubled the number of recruits currently entering the Police Academy. At the same time, our rate of losing Police Officers who are taking jobs in other jurisdictions is down by 50 percent.
Since 2005, our City has made great progress through reform and hard work. We urge you to vote "Yes on A" to keep this progress moving forward.
Mayor, City of San Diego
|No argument against the proposition was filed in the office of the City Clerk.|
|Full Text of Proposition A|
The portions of the charter to be added are underlined.
Section 117: Unclassified and Classified Services
Employment in the City shall be divided into the Unclassified and Classified Service. [subsections (a)-(b) no change in text]
(c) The City may employ any independent contractor when the City Manager determines, subject to City Council approval, City services can be provided more economically and efficiently by an independent contractor than by persons employed in the Classified Service while maintaining service quality and protecting the public interest. The City Council shall by ordinance provide for appropriate policies and procedures to implement this subsection. Such ordinance shall include minimum contract standards and other measures to protect the quality and reliability of public services. A City department shall be provided with an opportunity and resources to develop efficiency and effectiveness improvements in their operations as part of the department's proposal. The core public safety services provided by police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards who participate in the City's Safety Retirement System shall not be subject to Managed Competition. The City Manager shall establish the Managed Competition Independent Review Board to advise the City Manager whether a City department's proposal or an independent contractor's proposal will provide the services to the City most economically and efficiently while maintaining service quality and protecting the public interest. The City Manager will appoint seven (7) members to the Board. Four (4) shall be private citizens whose appointments shall be subject to City Council confirmation. Each shall have professional experience in one or more of the following areas: finance, law, public administration, business management or the service areas under consideration by the City Manager. Three (3) shall be City staff including a City Manager staff designee, a City Council staff designee and the City Auditor and Comptroller or staff designee. Such appointees shall not have any personal or financial interests which would create conflict of interests with the duties of a Board member. Members of the Board shall be prohibited from entering into a contract or accepting employment from an organization which secures a City contract through the managed competition process for the duration of the contract. The City Council shall have the authority to accept or reject in its entirety any proposed agreement with an independent contractor submitted by the City Manager upon recommendation of the Managed Competition Independent Review Board. The City Manager shall have the sole responsibility for administering and monitoring any agreements with contractors. The City Manager shall be required to produce annual performance audits for contracted services, the cost of which must be accounted for and considered during the bidding process. In addition, the City Manager shall seek an independent audit every five (5) years to evaluate the City's experience and performance audits. During the period of time that the City operates under the Strong Mayor form of governance pursuant to Article XV, the reference herein to City Manager shall be deemed to refer to the Mayor.