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The City of San Diego Purchasing & Contracting Department sent out a request for proposal Thursday (Sept. 9) for a consultant to assist in the City's managed competition program. Questions and comments are due Sept. 23 and the proposal closes Oct. 7. The consultant will perform such tasks as writing performance objectives and standards and developing a performance assessment plan that complies with City laws. The consultant will assist City personnel in carrying out the program.

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Visduh Sept. 13, 2010 @ 6:59 p.m.

A good idea would be for the city to define "managed competition" for its residents and voters. That term has an oxymoronic quality to it. As in, if it is competition, then it is not managed, and if it is "managed" it is not competition. And just how far is this program intended to go? The description above is just a bunch of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo. A "performance assessment plan" can be a real tool, or just a smokescreen. What does all this really mean?

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JustWondering Sept. 13, 2010 @ 7:36 p.m.

More wasted tax dollars... the county already has a model that works fine and saved millions in IT services alone. This isn't smart and reeks of more special interests out of the Mayor's office.

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David Dodd Sept. 13, 2010 @ 8:03 p.m.

"managed competition program" = How to play favorites. Nothing will change, it will only be more acceptable to maintain the status quo.

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 1:53 a.m.

Response to post #1: I flipped through 130 pages of bureaucratic babble. What does it mean? It means to me that a favored few (those who have given the pols bucks) will get these contracts. Managed competition may work in a fairly clean city, but not in a corrupt one like San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 1:55 a.m.

Response to post #2: Certainly does. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 1:57 a.m.

Response to post #3: Under managed competition, favoritism will likely worsen. It will be easier to buy your way into fat City contracts. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 7:10 a.m.

Reply #4

"I flipped through 130 pages of bureaucratic babble. " Rule of thumb: the thicker the document, the thicker the PORK!

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"a consultant to assist in the City's managed competition program."

A better name would be to call that person an "Escape Goat", so our Leaders will have someone to point their finger at, when we point our finger at them!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 14, 2010 @ 7:32 a.m.

I am in agreement with everyone-another mess/scam/disaster waiting to happen.

Gov was, is, and always will be, about cronyism and nepotism.

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 8:26 a.m.

Response to post #7: Yes, goat. That's what politics is all about. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 8:27 a.m.

Response to post #8: I'm afraid you are right. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m.

I hope the City goes BANKRUPT before our current set of Leaders sell out San Diego's future with this "Managed competition"...

To me, that is our only hope of having any sort of "fiscal recovery" that approximates the true San Diego lifestyle as we have all enjoyed it...

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 12:29 p.m.

Response to post #11: Bankruptcy would be a positive step for the City. It could reorganize and, hopefully, make headway on the excessive salary/pension matter. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 14, 2010 @ 12:31 p.m.

We ARE bankrupt, we just have not filed yet.

We put over $100 million-the tobacco lawsuit money- into the pension black hole, and now the bozos want a sales/pension tax for more money-and it still is not even close to being enough.

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Founder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 1:29 p.m.

Reply #12 & #13

How would one begin the process to get the City to go BK?

Would one petition the IBA Office, to see if there is any other viable solution?

Any Ideas?

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 14, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m.

They would file a chapter 9 petition at the US BK Court in Down Town San Diego, and that is where it starts.

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Founder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 3:07 p.m.

Reply Who is "they"...

Could citizens do it for "our" City?

Might be a good PR idea to get some "visibility" on SD's Fiscal $ITUATION!

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Founder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 3:55 p.m.

Reply #17 Pity!

I can see it now:

All our Leaders, surprised & pestered by TV crews, caught with that "doe in the headlights look", saying, "No, No, I did not vote to do that"...

Their eyes looking all around quickly, then they confide to the mic's, "But now that we are here, we really did not have that much money left anyway so..."

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 5:28 p.m.

Response to post #13: I agree that bankruptcy is the best and most hopeful course. I have felt that way since 2004. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m.

Response to post #14: As I recall, a muni bankruptcy can't be involuntary. So you would have to get existing officeholders to take the step. They aren't ready yet. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 14, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

Bummer we cant take the city in to BK court involuntarily!!!

Me, Don, Founder, crystal, refried and JustCluseless could all go down and file the petitions as "concerned citizens"!!!

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 10:16 p.m.

Response to post #14-18: I believe a BK filing is the only sensible solution, but policymakers will delay it as long as possible. They don't want it to happen on their watch. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 14, 2010 @ 10:18 p.m.

Response to post #21: And we would get nowhere. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Sept. 15, 2010 @ 8:35 a.m.

Reply #23 I guess it would like hanging someone in effigy, done to raise Public Awareness...

Here is a question: How bad do you think the City's fiscal situation will get before it declares BK?

I think "they" are trying to hold on until after the election and the "Managed Competition selloff"...

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 15, 2010 @ 11:41 a.m.

I guess it would like hanging someone in effigy, done to raise Public Awareness... ============== Or throw the losers who are RESPONSIBLE for this mess in JAIL.....cough..Jack...cough, couch..McGrory...cough, and use them as a flaming signpost as to what happens when you rip off the public.

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jenjen Sept. 15, 2010 @ 2:12 p.m.

Wow! Outsourcing the outsourcing! GENIUS!

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Founder Sept. 15, 2010 @ 2:54 p.m.

Reply #25 & #26 Think someone might post some names and or groups of names and the amount of PORK or the size of the budget hole they created... If you could also post a link to "justify" the amount that would be "killer".

I can see it now: 10 MOST WANTED FOR GREED:

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2010 @ 1:55 p.m.

Response to post #24: The mayor, councilmembers and others are hoping that BK is not unavoidable until after they are out of office, preferably having stepped up to the state legislature. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2010 @ 1:58 p.m.

Response to post #25: They aren't even prosecuted unless they have embezzled money, and then they are likely to get off. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2010 @ 1:59 p.m.

Response to post #26: Definitely a creative use of outsourcing. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 16, 2010 @ 2:01 p.m.

Response to post #27: It won't work. What you are talking about is personal accountability. Politicians only talk about that. They don't practice it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 20, 2010 @ 6:37 p.m.

Response to post #32: I don't understand the meaning of the symbol. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Sept. 28, 2010 @ 5:33 p.m.

Wha'? Y' don' like di Mafia trash pick-up?

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