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Council slows plan to take bids on Miramar landfill

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council's Rules Committee Wednesday tapped the brakes on a plan to put Miramar Landfill operations out to bid.

The mayor's office wanted the committee to approve a preliminary statement of the functions that would be put out to bid. However, the committee members, on a 4-1 vote, asked the mayor's office to return next month with:

-- a detailed plan on how the bid winner will comply with operational and environmental regulations;

-- a list of city contracts that involve the landfill;

-- a list of agencies that deal with the landfill; and

-- a signed statement from the Navy, which owns the land and leases it the city, that it is on board with the bidding plan.

"Public safety and public health are on the line here," Councilwoman Marti Emerald said.

Public speakers were united in their opposition to putting the landfill out to bid.

Committee Chairman Tony Young, also the council president, said he intended to put the issue on the regular council agenda five days after it comes back to the Rules Committee.

Under the city's managed competition program, the city takes bids on services from both private firms and employees of the affected department. The first area to go through the entire bidding process -- printing and copying -- was won by the workers.

The landfill is being put out to bid because an attempt by the city to sell the facility outright failed, after companies in the waste disposal business said they would rather run it via contract than own it.

Emerald and fellow council members Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner and Young voted with the majority. Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who offered a failed motion to send the item straight to the full council, cast the dissenting vote.

According to Young, the item will return to the Rules Committee on June 22, and go to the full City Council on June 27.

If the full council eventually approves the landfill plan, the city could invite bids in October.

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