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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.

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fairnopen May 2, 2012 @ 3:18 p.m.

If you want a true level playing field let merit shop contractors and union contractors compete head to head with fair and open competition. Ask yourself why the unions need a special agreement to hind behind in order for them to compete!

The unions should stay out of the States business and the State should stay out of San Diego's business.


SurfPuppy619 May 2, 2012 @ 5:47 p.m.

Chiang is a mouthpiece for public unions.


Visduh May 2, 2012 @ 5:54 p.m.

Exactly. So much for local independence and local desires. This will be rammed down the throats of local voters, no matter what.


mridolf May 2, 2012 @ 6:50 p.m.

Not that I'm for or against this proposition, but how does this take away our 'independence?.' Seems to me, it's re-enforcing it. That's pretty much the definition of independence, isn't it? Money from one governmental entity to another always comes with conditions. If this passes, I understand it'll wind up in court. America, land of the free, home of the independent?

And by the way, I'm not a union member, or government employee, or even Democrat. Just a realist. I work in private industry (on many construction projects), and pay an inordinate amount of taxes on my middle class earnings. Prop A does not reflect my local desires. And I do understand the proposition.


JeffSmith May 3, 2012 @ 12:23 a.m.

This doesn't make any sense. Why would Sacramento Politicians do this to San Diego? What are they afraid of? What are they hiding?


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