The San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to fund through June a three-year-old interim deal for security at Qualcomm Stadium.
The council authorized up to $170,000 in additional funding for the interim agreement with San Diego-based Elite Show Services to provide around the clock security services. The interim agreement will remain in effect until the city selects a security provider and awards a contract, which could be done in June, according to city staff.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald said the council should not have to keep coming back to the contract issue.
“This has been a big disappointment, the way this has been handled,” Emerald said.
Council members have not been able to award a contract for stadium security because of a series of disputes involving Elite Show Services and Orange County-based Staff Pro. Security at the Mission Valley stadium has been handled since 2010 via interim contract.
Councilman Mark Kersey said the process could best be described as “the contracting process from hell.”
The city put stadium security out to bid two years ago and was set to award a multi-year deal to Elite, but Staff Pro appealed to an ad hoc committee of city executives on grounds of bias and won.
The bid went out again, which resulted in a city staff proposal to have Elite provide security guards around the clock and work at San Diego Chargers games, while Staff Pro would provide security, ticket-takers and other employees to non-Chargers events.
However, the City Council’s Budget Committee last month extended the interim agreement for 60 days because city officials and bidders could not agree how to interpret the city’s Living Wage Ordinance. The issue was whether Staff Pro would commit to paying its employees what the city determined to be a living wage in San Diego, which is roughly $16 to $23 per hour for various security jobs.
An attorney for Staff Pro, Leslie Devaney, told council members that company executives have signed living wage pledges twice.
Staff Pro is not providing any stadium staffing under the interim deal.