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DeMaio and volunteers kick off signature gathering effort

(SAN DIEGO) - City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today announced he will be kicking off his campaign to pass a ballot measure holding city government accountable for implementing competitive bidding and outsourcing reforms to save taxpayer money.

DeMaio will be hosting a neighborhood walk with volunteers Saturday morning to gather signatures to qualify the "Competition and Transparency in City Contracting Initiative" for the November 2010 election. The walk will begin at 9:00am, and starts at 18295 High Mesa Court, San Diego 92127.

Volunteers will collect signatures from residents – and will leave a brochure on the Initiative at each house walked.

DeMaio also unveiled a website where San Diego voters can sign the petition online.

“This Initiative will put real accountability in competitive bidding reforms and will save taxpayers millions each year,” noted DeMaio. “The labor unions have blocked implementation of competitive bidding. The only way to achieve this reform is to have voters impose it on city government from the outside with this ballot measure,” explained DeMaio.

The campaign launch comes on the heels of news that the City of San Diego will achieve a 50% cost savings in one information technology service through competitive bidding. While competitive bidding has been applied to one information technology portfolio, it has been stalled by the city’s labor unions throughout the rest of the city government. Voters overwhelmingly approved the idea of competitive bidding in 2006 with the passage of Proposition C.