City Councilman Kevin Faulconer has long been one of the city’s chief advocates of a voter-approved process to put some city services out for bid.
That hasn’t changed as he campaigns for mayor. Faulconer has repeatedly pointed to managed competition as a way to eke out cash for neighborhood needs even in the wake of two recently unveiled city reports that raise questions about the program’s effectiveness.
“It’s not about cutting. We have five managed competitions that are on the mayor’s desk, that were on the mayor’s desk the day that Jerry Sanders left office that Bob Filner did not move forward with,” Faulconer said at an Oct. 9 mayoral forum. “Ladies and gentleman, if we restart that process, conservatively speaking, there’s $20 million that we can reinvest into our neighborhoods.”
Meanwhile, a city auditor’s report revealed the first city function to go through the process actually increased costs for other city departments despite overall cutbacks that save the city about $1 million annually. City reviewers found the city’s print shop was forced to up its rates by an average of 15 percent in an effort to reconcile a 58 percent drop in ordered copies, design work and other services.