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Vote on new Qualcomm Stadium security contract next month

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council is expected to vote on a new security contract for Qualcomm Stadium next month, the director of the city's Real Estate Assets Department said Wednesday.

Roy Nail told the council's Budget Committee said bidding for the contract was under way. The winner will provide at least two security guards at the city-owned stadium around the clock every day of the week.

The deal is considered a plum because the city requires the tenant to hire the contractor to provide security for about 200 events per year at the stadium.

The most recent contractor was San Diego-based Elite Show Services, which has provided security at the stadium since the 1990s. But an Orange County firm, Staff Pro, protested the contract award, saying the selection process was biased in favor of Elite.

Staff Pro's protest was upheld by an ad hoc group of three city executives, prompting the contract do-over.

Budget Committee members unanimously approved a $388,000 extension with Elite to cover the period until a new agreement takes effect.

"It's not an additional amount, it's what we would have spent typically, anyway," stadium manager Mike McSweeney said. "In fact, we're spending less, we were able to negotiate a lower (hourly) rate, saving close to $14,000 a month."

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