SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders Thursday urged members of the new City Council to support his managed competition money-saving plan.
On Monday, the City Council will consider putting San Diego's information technology and copying services up for bid.
Sanders said bidding out the city's $37 million IT function could save $10 million. A small portion of IT services were bid out earlier this year, generating $1.2 million in savings, he said.
"They'll allow us to dedicate our funds into essential city services like police and fire protection and street repair," Sanders said.
Affected employees can put together their own bid to keep the service -- and their jobs -- with the city.
If an outside firm is chosen, the city will try to absorb the workers into other divisions, Sanders said.
The mayor plans to put the city's Fleet Services division up for bids next month.
He also wants an initiative placed on the ballot that would allow the city to offer new employees a 401(k)-style retirement plan instead of the current guaranteed pension.
"I believe our council members agree we need to take every opportunity to stretch the dollars the taxpayers entrust to us, and I urge them to move these reforms forward," Sanders said.
San Diego voters approved the managed competition concept in 2006, but simultaneously elected council members who were hostile to the idea, leading to years of delays.
The eight-member City Council will have two new members on Monday, including Lorie Zapf, raising the number of conservatives who have said they support the mayor's plans from two to three.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."