Qualcomm Stadium was left in the lurch with two days before the Chargers playoff-clinching victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, as its janitorial staff walked off the job. Outside contractor Jani-King, which is paid $750,000 a year by the city, had not paid its workers, city officials said. Thirty-five employees walked out on Dec. 27, interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s office confirmed on Thursday. That left the city wondering how the stadium would be cleaned for the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30. “When Jani-King failed to pay its employees and it was truly unable to perform the duties for which it was contracted, the city enacted an emergency sole source contract with ARAMARK,” spokeswoman Katie Keach said….
…The city has had troubles with the contractor before. A city performance inspection of Jani-King’s work dated Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 rated the company “very poor” and “poor” on cleanliness….
Editorial: Janitorial fiasco: City must do better
Source: U-T San Diego Editorial Board, San Diego Union-Tribune, January 11, 2014