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Faulconer launches reward program for city employees

San Diego city employees will be eligible for cash awards for ideas that save the city money or result in better customer services, under a program unveiled on Tuesday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The program, which goes to the City Council for approval on Thursday, will encourage workers to form teams focused on improving city services. The teams will get to share in 10 percent of the savings anticipated from their ideas, with awards of cash of up to $100,000 per team, with a maximum of $5,000 per person. Ideas that are not expected to generate any savings but enhance customer service will be eligible for award of at least $50.

A separate award -- for the best idea for saving more than $1 million -- will result in an additional $100,000 for the winning team, with a maximum of $5,000 per worker.

Faulconer said he hopes that by improving the city's operations, he will be able to "free up money that can be used for neighborhood improvements like new streetlights, freshly paved roads and increased public safety.”

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