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CCDC, SDCERS nominated for Golden Fleece Awards

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Centre City Development Corp. and the San Diego City Employees Retirement System are two of the nominees for Golden Fleece Awards announced Friday by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

The SDCTA annually names government agencies for their poor handling of taxpayer funds while also recognizing those that have been careful with public money.

The CCDC was nominated for the Metro Golden Fleece Award for a pedestrian bridge over W. Harbor Drive, near Petco Park, that was finished two years late and at twice the cost initially anticipated. SDCERS was nominated for its generous pensions.

Also nominated were the cities of Chula Vista and Oceanside for playing what the organization called "a shell game" with pensions, and the city of Poway for new water rates that enrich its coffers but discourage conservation.

Finalists for the Regional Golden Fleece Award are:

-- the county of San Diego, for continuing to charge an extra $1 on state vehicle registrations to pay for freeway call boxes even though the system is built-out and the fund has built a reserve of $10 million;

-- the San Diego Unified School District, for canceling a trip by teachers and staff to a conference in Hawaii during the campaign for a parcel tax, and then reinstating the excursion when the measure failed; and

-- problems in management with Southwestern College and the Sweetwater Union High School District.

The awards, for good and bad, are scheduled to be handed out Thursday.

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