The fact is, every government in America buys a large number of goods and services from the private sector every day. Governments decide what they need and who can provide it for the best value, just as we do in our private lives.

San Diego leaders have known for years that the risk of late emergency medical responses is higher in some of the city’s poorest and brownest neighborhoods. They haven’t spent a dime to fix it.

Local wonks and activists weigh in on Mayor Bob Filner’s first proposed budget.

City officials will spend months reviewing the managed competition process, placing some potential contracts on hold.

The San Diego Police Department is digging out of a budget hole instead of digging in to San Diego’s gang problem with fresh tactics.

Mayor Bob Filner wants stakeholders to suggest possible improvements to the managed competition process.