Airport’s local hiring under scrutiny

Members of the Board of Supervisors have become fixated on local hiring recently, ever since the economy went south.

They have been creative by including local-hiring provisions in legislation pertaining to projects, such as the development of a solar plant in the Sunset, and by putting pressure on state agencies to participate in local-hiring programs. They've also been sending the message to departments like the Public Utilities Commission that they need to hire locally and show supervisors proof they've done so.

Along those lines, Supervisor John Avalos on Tuesday requested a hearing on San Francisco International Airport’s local hiring efforts to examine how it is performing in this area.

Avalos noted that supervisors provided the airport commission with an additional $1 million this fiscal year for job programs.

The hearing will be “a full vetting” of existing job training programs and how they can be expanded and how “we can use effectively use our million dollars” to help out people in the low-income communities, specifically the southeast section of the city, where residents live closer to the airport, Avalos said.

“There are a lot of opportunities at the airport for environmental jobs, transprotaion jobs, customer service jobs, security jobs,” he said.

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