Political Abyss

San Fran to Enact New Law Requiring City Project Contractors to Hire Locally.

In POLITICS TODAY on December 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

By Maurice E. Duhon, Jr.

It's a long way down...

Monday, 12/27/10

Recently approving a new law, requiring restaurant kids’ meals to meet certain nutritional standards before they could be sold with toys, San Francisco takes another step towards “new-age” legislation.

With this new ordinance surviving a veto from Mayor Gavin Newsome, San Fran prepares to enact a law requiring its officials to hire locally.  If a city-financed construction project is worth $400,000 or more, the city is required to hire at least 20 percent of their worker’s from San Francisco.  The 20 percent requirement will increase by 5 percent with each incoming year until the number reaches 50 percent in 2017.  If the law is not applied to the city’s contracts, the contractors will be forced to pay penalties.

Two major city-financed projects in San Mateo County, including improvements to San Francisco International Airport and San Francisco’s water system, have been exempted from the new law.

If Mayor Gavin Newsom would have chosen to veto the measure Thursday, the Board of Supervisors’ vote of 8-3 had enough support to override it.

Mr. Newsom, in a letter to city Supervisors, said the city should work with its neighbors.  The letter was meant to express his concerns regarding the unemployed residents of neighboring San Mateo County.

San Mateo County leaders expressed their appreciation for Mr. Newsom’s effort but stated a veto would have sent a stronger message.

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