San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ outsourcing program, which hasn’t exactly gone smoothly since being approved by voters in 2006, was dealt another blow last week.
The California Public Employees Relations Board ruled Friday that Sanders, acting on advice from City Attorney Mike Aguirre, didn’t bargain in good faith with the city’s unions, nor did he follow proper impasse procedures as the city worked to implement the program, dubbed “managed competition.”
The ruling by an administrative law judge means that managed competition, which has been beset with delays and controversy for more than a year and a half, will be delayed for at least several more months, maybe longer, said Sanders spokesman Darren Pudgil.
“Unfortunately, we had to rely on the City Attorney’s advice — which proved once again to be unreliable,” Pudgil said.
The judge, Thomas J. Allen, made it clear in his ruling that Aguirre’s advice was central to the city acting in bad faith.
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