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John Avalos - District 11

Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce the successful launch of LOCAL-SF (Local Opportunities for Communities and Labor), our campaign to strengthen local hiring, address high unemployment, and boost our local economy. Joined by over 100 SF residents from across San Francisco, I introduced the San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction on Tuesday, October 19th.

This ground-breaking legislation will phase in, over a three year period, mandatory requirements that a portion of San Francisco public works jobs go to San Francisco residents, with additional targets for the hiring of disadvantaged workers. This will ensure that our tax dollars get recycled back into the local economy and that San Franciscans who are ready to work are provided the opportunity to do so.

For the last ten years, the City's First Source Program only required that contractors make "good faith efforts" to hire 50% local residents on publicly-funded projects. These goals have fallen flat, as shown in a recent report commissioned by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development that found only 20% of these jobs are going to San Franciscans.

According to the City’s Capital Plan, in the next decade, over $25 billion of our local tax dollars will be spent on public works and other construction projects--and two-thirds of this money will be spent over the next five years. With the urgency of this time frame and the City's current 10% unemployment rate, the time is NOW to pass this legislation. The number of San Franciscans struggling with poverty and the instability and crime that go with it makes it crucial to put this legislation in place to create thousands of opportunities to put local residents to work.

In addition to the economic and social benefits of Local SF, there are also environmental benefits. Transportation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions generated in the Bay Area than any other source. San Francisco residents are more likely to take transit, walk, or bike to work than residents of other Bay Area counties. When local citizens are able to work locally, there are fewer cars on the road and less air pollution - it's just one more tool in our toolbox to fight global warming.

This legislation is supported by a wide range of community and labor groups, including PODER, the Filipino Community Center, the Southeast Jobs Coalition, Kwan Wo Ironworks Inc., Rubecon, and Chinese for Affirmative Action. I send my thanks to all who have shown their support and encourage everyone to get involved.

The legislation will go through the required 30 day waiting period, and then be heard in the Land Use and Economic Development Committee on November 22nd. In the meantime, there will be an informational hearing on November 8th, which will allow the public to come and learn more about the proposed legislation.

The media is also talking about Local Hiring. Check out the stories from the SF Bay Guardian, the Examiner, and KGO-TV.  You can also visit my photos page for pictures of the rally.

 

If you have questions or feedback regarding LOCAL-SF, please contact Sarah Warren at avalosstaff@sfgov.org or 554-6976. Feedback and questions regarding my proposed legislation for mandatory local hiring for publicly-funded construction projects should be directed to Raquel Redondiez at raquel.redondiez@sfgov.org or 554-7896. 

Yours truly,

John

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Last updated: 2/13/2013 2:01:45 PM