San Francisco Board Of Supes Approves Local Hiring Law

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –  San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has approved local legislation that would eventually require 50 percent of the workers on public works projects live in the city.

The legislation authored by Supervisor John Avalos tosses out the current laws that merely sets goals for private contractors that build city projects and replaces the goals with mandates.

The law would be a phasing in of local hires starting with 20 percent local hiring in the first year, with five percent increases each year until 50 percent of the workers are San Francisco residents.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports :

“It’ll be the strongest local hiring measure in the nation and why not, it’s our tax dollars that are going to fund this project,” said Avalos.

It’s estimated San Francisco will spend upward of $27 billion on public works projects over the next decade.

Supporters feel the money should go to local residents who are more likely to pour it back into the local economy.

A recent study by the mayor’s office indicates the current non-binding 50 percent goal is not being met.

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