Voters of San Diego (Eighth Most Populous City in U.S.) Approve Fair and Open Competition Ordinance with 58 Percent of the Vote to Prohibit Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

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The people of California continue to demonstrate their firm support for fair and open bid competition and the best quality work at the best price for taxpayer-funded construction. On June 5, 2012, 58% of voters in the City of San Diego approved Proposition A, a Fair and Open Competition ordinance prohibiting the city from requiring contractors to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with unions. San Diego is the eighth most populous city in the country.

Also, in the City of El Cajon (in San Diego County), 57% of voters approved Proposition D, a charter stating in Section 400 (Purchasing and Contracts) that “The City will promote fair and open competition for all City construction projects so that all contractors and workers, whether union or non-union, are treated equally in the bidding and awarding of City construction contracts.” See this June 5, 2012 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune: Proposition D Passes in El Cajon.

A Quest for Fair and Open Competition Policies in San Diego County’s Ten Most Populous Cities

Rank

City

Population (2010)

Status

1

San Diego

1,302,000

58% of voters approved a Fair and Open Competition ordinance as Proposition A on June 5, 2012.

2

Chula Vista

244,000

56% of voters approved a Fair and Open Competition ordinance as Proposition G on June 8, 2010.

3

Oceanside

183,000

54% of voters approved a charter with a Fair and Open Competition provision as Proposition K on June 8, 2010.

4

Escondido

144,000

Voters will approve a charter with a Fair and Open Competition provision on the November 6, 2012 ballot.

5

Carlsbad

105,000

No action to date.

6

El Cajon

99,000

57% of voters approved a charter with a Fair and Open Competition provision as Proposition D on June 5, 2012.

7

Vista

94,000

No action to date.

8

San Marcos

84,000

9

Encinitas

60,000

10

National City

79,000

BONUS 

San Diego County

3,095,000

76% of voters approved a Fair and Open Competition charter amendment as Proposition A on November 2, 2010.

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