City of San Diego officials should move quickly to reform a rarely enforced law that requires disclosures from contractors doing business with the municipal government, the county grand jury recommended Thursday.
A City Charter provision approved by voters 25 years ago requires the disclosure of names, identities and business interests of contractors, but is frequently ignored because its language is vague and too broad in scope, the grand jury found.
The jurors’ investigation began after they received a complaint that requirements of charter section 225 are often neglected.
Over the years, three city attorneys have issues memoranda of law citing the section’s deficiencies and offering recommendations for fixes, according to the grand jury.
Most recently, the issue came up before the City Council’s Rule Committee, which referred the matter to the mayor’s office to decide whether to create new implementing ordinances for the municipal code, or place amendments before voters.
“At the time of this report, the grand jury has been assured that the mayor’s office is diligently working on the process of putting the pieces of the puzzle together, whether the result is an ordinance to amend the municipal code or a ballot measure to amend the City Charter,” the grand jury report says.
“The grand jury favors whichever solution will best enable the city to enforce charter section 225. Whatever the final choice, the grand jury encourages the mayor’s office to complete the task with great urgency. Voters decided this issue more than 24 years ago, and enforcement is long overdue.”
The mayor and City Council have until July 12 to respond to the report.
—City News Service
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