New San Francisco law will bar construction workers from surrounding communities

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SAN FRANCISCO-The San Francisco local-hire law that was enacted in December is being challenged by a California legislator that says taxpayers will have to foot the bill for increased costs of public projects.

San Mateo Assemblyman Jerry Hill is introducing legislation today that would limit the reach of the bill by prohibiting the use of state monies on San Francisco local-hire projects, and prevent the ordinance from being applied to projects that are within 70 miles of San Francisco.

The local-hire ordinance, created and passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, requires that city-funded construction projects over $400,000 must employ at least 20 percent of workers that live in San Francisco, with the total rising to 50 percent within 7 years.

Officials in surrounding communities called on Mayor Gavin Newsom to veto the measure, saying it would hurt construction workers who live there.  Newsom didn’t sign the bill, but did not veto it either. He said he would like to have seen some reciprocity arrangements with surrounding communities.

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, whose district includes much of the Peninsula and Silicon Valley said “If local governments choose to tackle their challenges through myopic self interest, regional problems relating to employment, the environment, education, and transportation will not be solved for the betterment of Bay Area residents.”

The Sacramento Bee

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  1. Michael says:

    This sort of geographical thing has been litigated in the past and found to be unconstitutional. Why does this Board of Supervisors think it is above the law?

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