October 4, 2010
CONTACT: Lani Lutar
619-234-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
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San Diego County Taxpayers Association Supports County Open Competition Measure
Proposition A would ensure fair and open competition in bids for public projects
(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors voted to support Proposition A, the County of San Diego’s “Fair and Open Competition Charter Amendment” which prohibits the county from requiring union agreements on publicly funded projects, except where required by state or federal law. The measure will come before voters on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot.
Lani Lutar, President & CEO of the Association, said SDCTA’s board cited the following reasons for its endorsement of the measure:
- Prop A will ensure that all workers, both union and non-union, have a fair and equal opportunity to compete for work on public works projects funded by taxpayers in the County of San Diego.
- Open competition on public works projects will allow for an even playing field for bidders and help the County reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.
“Prop A ensures no local firms can be excluded from competing for public works contracts simply because they are not members of a union,” said Lutar. “Prop A is NOT ‘anti-union.’ It simply allows ALL qualified firms and employees to compete for public works projects. Quality, skill and the lowest reasonable price determine who does the work, NOT special deals.”
Lutar added that this measure does not prohibit a private developer from entering into a collective bargaining agreement with a contractor or subcontractors following Board of Supervisors’ approval of a project. Instead, it prevents the Board of Supervisors from mandating one.
Proposition A needs a simple majority vote to pass.
A copy of the full staff analysis of the County of San Diego Fair and Open Competition Ordinance is available at www.sdcta.org or by calling (619) 234-6423.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary new taxes and fees. Founded in 1945, SDCTA has spent the past 65 years saving the region’s taxpayers millions of dollars, as well as generating information to help educate the public.