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Latest candidate for outsourcing under the so-called managed competition plan of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders: street sweeping.

We've got the full request for proposals here.

Experts in such matters are invited to take a look and let us know any details of particular of interest.

"The City of San Diego is seeking street sweeping services," says the September 29 request on the city's bid site.

"The City of San Diego performs street sweeping of its entire street network comprised of over 5,230 curb miles of improved municipal roads.

"There are approximately 395 municipal parking lots, including five operations yards that are overseen by other departments, which may require sweeping at varied requested frequencies.

"Street sweeping is a core service provided to the residents and businesses in the City of San Diego. It is also a required activity under the 2007 San Diego County Municipal Storm Water Permit (Municipal Permit)."

A "mandatory site tour" for interested bidders is set for October 18, with final proposals due November 18.

Among interesting tidbits of information furnished in the request that indicate prospective contractors will have a complicated job on their hands:

Special events sweeping: "Ten (10) San Diego Charger games, up to 
seven (7) San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztec games, two (2) Bowl games, one (1) each of the following: soccer match, Monster Truck Jam, Supercross, and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) high school football championship game. Up to three (3) additional Charger playoff games may require sweeping each year."

Emergency sweeping: "The City of San Diego or other regional government agency may experience natural or man-made disasters (e.g., wildfires; floods; earthquakes; pandemics; terrorism; etc.). Some such incidents are of a scale prompting a Mayoral declaration of a state of emergency.

"In such cases, special and urgent services may be needed or requested. This could include providing support to declared evacuation centers. The selected street sweeping provider will be required to provide those services in order to meet the urgent deadlines established by the City.

"During such times, the normal contract turnaround requirements that are not related to the emergency may be suspended by the City, if deemed necessary by the City, to enable the Service Provider’s timely response to emergency-related work."

Bike path sweeping: "Bike paths are swept during daytime sweeping hours for two 
primary reasons — it is less disruptive for residents that are located near bike paths and it is a safety issue for motor sweeper operators, as well as cyclists, runners, and pedestrians who also use the bike paths."

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