Board of Supervisors gives veto-proof approval to local hiring mandate

Examiner file photoSupervisor John Avalos expressed concerns about the cost of the $100 million communication network known as BayWEB.

San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval of an ordinance that will require that city residents be hired for municipal construction projects.

The legislation will require 20 percent local hiring in the first year, increasing by 5 percent each year to 50 percent in the seventh year. The measure had drawn concern from some contractors and building trade unions.

Mayor Gavin Newsom has expressed support for local hiring, but his office said Tuesday that Newsom has not had a chance to review the legislation.

Even if Newsom were to veto it, the board passed it by a veto-proof 8-3 majority. The same majority gave initial approval on Dec. 7.

Supervisor John Avalos, the sponsor of the legislation, has called it “a new deal” for San Francisco that would bring more jobs to economically depressed neighborhoods in the city.

Avalos praised the ordinance as “the nation’s strongest local hiring mandate.”

Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd voted against it.

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