SF local hire mandate expected to extend to private development on public land 

In December 2010, San Francisco passed a landmark law mandating that publicly funded construction projects hire a certain percentage of local residents. Now it's expected to expand to private development on public land.

The City had struggled and fallen short of a goal of 20 percent local hires. But local hiring on projects covered by the policy has hit an average of 36 percent during the past three years.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is expected to expand the local-hire initiative to apply to private development on public land, such as the Pier 70 project.

Supervisor John Avalos, who introduced the initial law, said the legislation would help ensure "that wealth has the greatest impact on San Francisco, has the greatest benefit to local residents and especially to help communities who are not doing so well in our local economy to have access to it."

Joshua Arce of the nonprofit Brightline Defense Project, which helped lead the local-hire movement, said that "guaranteed access to good-paying jobs ... provide a means of surviving the affordability crisis for working-class San Franciscans."

The current requirement is that 30 percent of jobs go to San Francisco residents. It is scheduled to increase to 50 percent by 2017.

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