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New CA bill may limit governments from contracting outside services




Trash, recycling and compostable material bins sit in front of homes in a Sunset district neighborhood June 11, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
Trash, recycling and compostable material bins sit in front of homes in a Sunset district neighborhood June 11, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
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Introduced by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), AB 1250 limits cities and counties under general state law from contracting out for certain services, including engineering, legal services and garbage collection.

Governments would have to meet specific requirements, for example showing that city workers will not be displaced, before hiring an outside contractor.

Critics of the bill say it would add more pensioned union members in lieu of contractors, thereby increasing costs for cities.

We debate the bill. Is it a limit on local cities’ decision making? Does the bill save money or create further spending?

Guests:

Bob Schoonover, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, which represents city and county workers throughout Southern California; the CA State Council of SEIU is a co-sponsor of AB 1250

Dane Hutchings, legislative representative for the League of California Cities, which opposes the bill; Hutchings handles governance, transparency and labor relations policies



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