Around-the-clock security at Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A three-year, $1.1 million contract to provide around- the-clock security at Qualcomm Stadium was awarded to a Northridge-based company on Tuesday.

The deal unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council also gives Contemporary Services Corp. the right to negotiate with stadium tenants to furnish extra staff for events like football games and soccer matches.

The San Diego Chargers football team, which hires its own security services, is exempted.

The tentative deal includes two option years that could pump the contract value to nearly $2 million.

Contemporary Services has been staffing events in San Diego for three years, including at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, the San Diego Convention Center and some area hotels.

The award ended a long-running dispute involving San Diego-based Elite Show Services and Staff Pro of Orange County, which battled for the contract for a few years.

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 successfully appealed to an ad hoc committee of city executives on grounds of bias.

The bid went out again, which resulted in a city staff proposal to have Elite provide security guards around the clock and work at Chargers games, while Staff Pro would provide security, ticket-takers and other employees to non-Chargers events.

Instead, Elite has staffed the stadium under a series of interim contracts that have frustrated council members who have said they want to get the issue behind them.

CSC, Elite and Staff Pro all bid on the latest long-term contract, and CSC scored highest in nearly all categories rated by staff, according to the city documents.

The contract calls for all CSC employees at the stadium to be paid a “living wage” — at least $23.50 an hour — answering a request by several members of the council.

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