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Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

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Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment:

The percentages will be mandatory for county-controlled projects costing $2.5 million or more, while contractors on smaller projects must agree to use their best efforts to hit those goals.

[…] The 10 percent goal for “targeted workers” is aimed at training and employing veterans, former foster youth and residents facing particular hardships, including single parenthood, the lack of a high school diploma, long-term unemployment, homelessness or a criminal history, as well as those living below the federal poverty line or receiving government benefits.

The measure was coauthored by Supervisor Hilda Solis and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who have long championed local hiring:

“When we offer these opportunities in the construction trades to local workers and residents facing challenges finding work, we are not just keeping families from falling through the cracks, we are supporting the careers that we need as a region to build new bridges and invest in our collective future,” Solis said.

Ridley-Thomas has also been active in the fight for Measure M, which would provide a massive infrastructure investment to Los Angeles County and create further employment opportunities.

Santa Monica is not the only wealthy California community looking at ways to tear down barriers to personal growth. A similar effort, which may include Project Labor Agreements, is taking place in Napa.


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