City officials and labor types have been wrangling for years about a form of outsourcing called “managed competition” that allows the city to accept bids (from inside and outside) and potentially privatize its services. Now, a new audit finds that things didn’t go according to plan.
In fact, the “city’s publishing services division upped its rates by an average of 15 percent last year to ensure it could take in the annual $2 million laid out when city staffers won the bid.” In other words, one city department jacked up its rates so it wouldn’t spend less than allocated.
Little Italy, Big Dreams
We take a look back at a 1995 development in Little Italy that turned out to be a groundbreaking project that changed the face of San Diego: “It was often cited as the inspiration for other small, dense units in the city’s urban core.” But the people behind it say things have changed and they aren’t creating this kind of project anymore.
Public Records: Courts Edition
Want to force the state or local courts to cough up public records? You may run across this wordy and potentially quite pesky bit of verbiage: “Nothing in this rule requires a judicial branch entity to create a record or to compile or assemble data in response to a request for judicial administrative records if the judicial branch entity does not compile or assemble the data in the requested form for its own use or for provision to other agencies.”
What’s that mean? There are a couple translations. One of them means that the courts don’t have to provide a list of something — like copies of current contracts with vendors — if they don’t have them lying around. And that was exactly the issue in a state court case featuring a request for documents from … a judge.
“Everyone, including members of the media, should be concerned about the obfuscation and outright refusal by government officials to open their records to the light of day,” says the advocacy group that the judge runs.