Behind in local news? The San Diego City Council OK’d Mayor Jerry Sanders’ much touted IT outsourcing plan, awarding contracts to two vendors to manage the city’s computer and Internet networks. But elected officials didn’t stay local, or even stay technically within the U.S., when it came to finding vendors to help maintain the city’s high-tech equipment. The council named a U.S. unit of a French company Atos IT Solutions and Services, for one of the contracts, and the U.S. unit of a Canadian publicly held business CGI Technologies and Solutions of Montreal, for the second. A spokesman for Sanders says outsourcing the work will save $7.4 million over the first five years of the pacts, and there is a possibility of even more savings, up to $21.6 million with a contract extension. The outsourcing, thus, frees up more cash for cops, firefighters and libraries, he said. … The East Village’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the City University of New York School of Law have teamed up to increase access to the legal system in poor communities in San Diego and the Big Apple. The two schools are offering a post graduate program to help lawyers develop the business skills required to provide quality services when working with poor clients. It’s the first program of its kind in San Diego, according to a spokesman … How about a bit of restaurant news? Katie Rooney and Frank Interlandi have opened Encinitas Sushi Lounge, an event that follows the success of their 6-year-old Poway Sushi Lounge. … Recently, we were besieged with coverage about the efforts of La Jolla-based Invisible Children to bring Joseph Kony to justice, including the documentary video that captured the world’s attention by going viral on YouTube. Kony is the renegade general in the central environs of Africa who forces young children to become his soldiers. On June 10 at the Landmark Theatres Hillcrest Cinemas, San Diego-based speaker and writer David Youngren will show his documentary “The Story,” which follows nine participants, including six area residents, as they travel to a Tanzanian village to help children suffering from AIDS. The nine find themselves utterly transformed by their experiences. The money raised from ticket sales will support his nonprofit. Details and ducats at thestoryafrica.com … Finally, this small business item of note. Retailer Bertrand’s Music in San Diego has been named 2012 Small Business of the Year in the 75th State Assembly District, an honor announced by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is running for mayor. Bertrand’s has been in business since 1983, serving mostly students who participate in local school music programs, according to Fletcher’s news release. John D. Bertrand Sr., the businesses founder, was a band and orchestra director in local schools for 15 years before opening the store 29 years ago. Till next week.
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