Monday, October 19, 2015 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Today the City Council unanimously approved the latest in a series of reforms proposed by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer to "repair the City's repair system" and ensure that infrastructure projects are completed more quickly and efficiently.
"These reforms are about investing taxpayer dollars in our neighborhoods faster and more efficiently," Mayor Faulconer said. "By cutting red tape, being innovative with technology and making better use of the dollars we have, we can speed up street repair and improve neighborhoods across San Diego."
In March of this year, Mayor Faulconer proposed more than 20 reforms to the City's infrastructure program. The reforms focus on technology to increase program efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and provide better financial oversight so taxpayer dollars are managed more effectively. Once fully implemented, projects like street repair will be completed 20 percent faster on average.
The City Council today approved an expansion of the Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) program, which will cut red tape so the City can hire contractors faster and allow projects to begin sooner. This reform allows the administration to award contracts of a higher value, up to $30 million, and saves time by pre-qualifying and hiring contractors in advance of projects.
"Capital Improvement Project streamlining has been a long time coming," said City Council President Sherri Lightner. "Given the need for new public facilities, such as fire stations and libraries, along with other infrastructure improvements, changes to the MACC program will allow the City to implement projects more quickly while using fewer resources."
Reforms implemented so far include online bidding for construction projects, a change that has helped reduce the contract procurement process for capital projects by three weeks. More details on Mayor Faulconer's reforms can be found here
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