It’s been more than six years since San Diego voters asked the city to put some services out for bid but progress has been slow.
Tense labor negotiations initially sidelined the managed competition measure approved in 2006. City staffers eventually won five bids after an agreement was reached in late 2010. Since then, only the city’s publishing shop has actually completed the managed competition process, saving about $1 million in its first year.
Last year, the city’s chief operating officer projected as much as $12.2 million in savings each year if all five of the approved contracts are implemented.
In the time since, the arrival of a new mayor and city staff turnover complicated efforts to finalize the contracts. There was even confusion about which staffer handles the issue.
When City Councilman Kevin Faulconer recently asked who was responsible for overseeing managed competition, he wasn’t amused by Financial Management Director Mark Leonard’s reply.