Battle over contracting out city services returns 

It’s been played out before. Mayor Gavin Newsom proposes contracting out a number of services to save The City millions of dollars. But the Board of Supervisors opposes that because they say contracting out services is a bad idea.

In a sort of preemptive political battle, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee discussed one of those proposals expected to be included in Newsom’s proposed city budget, which the mayor must submit June 1.

The proposal is contracting out jail health services, which has been included in Newsom’s budget proposals during the past three years, and each year was rejected by the board.

Supervisor David Campos, who led the discussion, said, “The message I would simply send is, I understand we are facing a very tough budget time. I just think with as something as important as health care, specifically dealing with a very vulnerable population, that we really cannot afford to take that risk. I would hope that the mayor would choose to simply discard that option and look for ways for saving money elsewhere.” Campos said contracting out the services would lead to inferior care costing more in the long run.

The debate will be continued, and not for just contracting out jail health services but other services as well.

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