Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
State Controller Weighs in on Prop A
State Controller John Chiang is offering his advice to San Diegans as it concerns Proposition A, the “Fair and Open Competition + City Contracts Online” initiative that seeks to impose a blanket ban on city officials considering the use of project labor agreements, or contracts that dictate the terms of work and employee compensation prior to a construction start in order to avoid delays or strikes once work has begun.
“If Prop A passes, San Diego would no longer be eligible to receive state grants for local construction projects.” says Chiang in a mailer sent to 250,000 likely San Diego voters by Prop A opponents. “Last year alone, San Diego received $158 million in construction projects, but this funding would be completely eliminated under Prop A.”
Senate Bill 829, signed into law last week, blocks the use of state funds in any city that has implemented a project labor agreement ban.
“San Diego Taxpayers need to be aware of the devastating financial impact Proposition A will have on our local economy and region,” said Scott Barnett, president of San Diego Taxpayers Advocate. The group bills itself as “a non-partisan organization, but will endorse and campaign for viable candidates and ballot measure ‘which represent the best interest of the taxpayers,’” according to Barnett.