City employees win another competitive bid

From UT San Diego:

SAN DIEGO — City workers are now 4-for-4 in winning competitions that pit them against the private sector over who can provide taxpayers with the best bang for their buck in providing certain services.

The latest competition was over the city’s operation of the Miramar Landfill and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Friday that city employees put forth a bid that will save $2.7 million annually over the next five years.

“They were very creative,” Sanders said of employees. “They are making due with a lot less, they’ve taken on additional duties and I think they’ve done an incredible job of figuring out how to stretch their talent and time.”

Voters in 2006 mandated the use of managed competition, which allows private companies and city employees to compete for public service contracts. Haggling over how to run the program delayed its implementation until late 2010.

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