Diego invites private proposals on Miramar Landfill
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said he will
explore getting the city out of the landfill business so it can
concentrate on core services such as police, firefighting, parks
and libraries. The mayor will invite the private sector to submit
proposals for taking over the Miramar landfill, which the city
has operated since 1959.
“By seeking proposals, we’re simply doing what any smart government
agency or private business would do: We’re exploring our options,”
The city council will have final say on whether to accept a particular
proposal. In addition to city council approval, state labor laws
will require appropriate meet and confer with labor unions.
City attorney Jan Goldsmith said selling the landfill “is not
outsourcing where the city would contract with a private firm
to operate the landfill for the city.”
“Unlike outsourcing, the intent is to sell our assets, relinquish
control and completely get out of the landfill business,” Goldsmith
said. “If a transaction occurs, I expect it would be similar
to San Diego County’s innovative sale of its landfills in 1997.”
The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
applauded Mayor Sanders’ announcement that he intends to get
the city of San Diego out of the landfill business and encouraged
the city council to support the Mayor’s initiative.
EDC is supported by more than 150 of San Diego’s largest companies
and most influential business leaders.