Bayview Branch library project heats up over local hiring 

As the San Francisco Public Library moves forward with the construction of a Bayview branch library, criticism of the bidding process to select the contractor to do the work has prompted a new approach. 

At two meetings about the bidding process, jobs-related organizations and more than 90 contractors expressed “frustration.”

“Both meetings were highly charged, with neighborhood workers and contractors expressing frustration with the traditional bidding and hiring processes for City construction projects,” said a memo from Luis Herrera, City Librarian. “They felt that not enough Bayview workers and contractors were being hired citywide and were especially adamant that for a project on Third Street, in the center of their community, more local people should be working on the job.”

Because of the concerns raised, the bidding process has been canceled. The Library Commission meets Thursday to discuss an new approach that meets the concerns.

“The Bayview Branch library is housed in a facility located at 5075 3rd Street that is inadequate to meet the needs of the surrounding community,” the memo said. “Last year, after analyzing several options, the Library Commission voted to purchase an adjacent storefront and to build a new expanded one-story branch library building on the existing site.”

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