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SF proposes ban on doing business with firms bidding to build Trump’s border wall

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Companies seeking to build President Donald Trump’s border wall may meet resistance from San Francisco.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen announced plans to call for a city law on Tuesday to ban contractors on the border wall from bidding on public projects in San Francisco, on the heels of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection request for proposals Friday related to the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday at noon outside T.Y. Lin International, on California Street. T.Y. Lin International — the lead design engineering firm on the Bay Bridge East Span project — expressed interest in contracting to design and construct the border wall, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

“We’re asking companies like T.Y. Lin International to continue building bridges, not walls,” Ronen said in a statement.

T.Y. Lin International’s interest in building the border wall was first reported by the East Bay Express, which found nearly two dozen Bay Area companies that expressed interest in contracting for some aspect of Trump’s border wall. Oakland is looking at passing a similar ban.

Meanwhile, three California lawmakers — including Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco — on Monday announced legislation that would require the state’s pension funds to divest from companies involved in constructing a border wall.

Assembly Bill 946, which comes after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a request for proposals Friday related to the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, would require the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) to liquidate within 12 months any investments in companies involved in the construction of the president’s wall.

CalPERs investments, valued at nearly $312 billion, and CalSTRS — valued at nearly $202 billion — represent the nation’s two biggest pension funds.

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