VIDEO: Fair Hiring Policy Adopted Unanimously!

Ridley-Thomas authored Construction Careers Policy will create approximately 4,000 jobs for local residents and the unemployed

The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority today unanimously approved Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to establish a Construction Careers Policy (CCP) for the hiring of local residents for the next phase of the Exposition Light Rail Transit Line project.

“This Expo Light Rail CCP is one of the strongest employment policies in the region,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “It will bring over 4,000 desperately needed jobs to residents in our community who will now have employment opportunities with future light rail, subway, and highway projects.”

Phase II of the Exposition Metro Light Rail line project will extend from Culver City to Santa Monica, providing both construction period and permanent job opportunities for hundreds of local residents.

“This will be an extremely significant local hiring policy and will help to ensure that Measure R ‘half cent sales tax’ funded projects will benefit L.A. County residents,” the Supervisor said.

Under the Supervisor’s proposal, the new CCP policy will ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours, under a Project Labor Agreement with building trade unions, are performed by local residents who live in high unemployment zip codes, where rates are equal to or in excess of 150% of the County average, or within five miles of the project alignment from L.A. to Santa Monica.

At least one third of that amount will be set aside for economically disadvantaged individuals who reside in the construction area.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas spearheaded the effort, which is a key victory in his campaign to put Second District residents back to work.

The next step is a similar policy for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) and buildings surrounding the renovation of the In-Patient Tower—the site of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on a CCP for the hospital and related projects at a Board meeting that will be held on October 5, 2010, which will be open to the public.

Fight For Local Jobs In The Second District On Monday!

FIGHT FOR LOCAL JOBS IN THE SECOND DISTRICT

Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority

Special Board of Directors Meeting

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A critical vote establishing a Local Hiring Policy for the next phase of the Exposition Metro Light Rail Transit Line is imminent. Phase II of the line will extend from Culver City to Santa Monica, and will provide major construction period and permanent job opportunities for local residents.

The policy under consideration will ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours worked on Phase II under a Project Labor Agreement with building trade unions are performed by local residents who live in high unemployment ZIP codes (150% of the County average OR within five miles of the project alignment (LA to Santa Monica). At least one third of that amount will be set aside for economically disadvantaged individuals.

This will be the strongest local hiring policy in a Metro project’s recent history and will help to insure that Measture R (1/2 cent sales tax) funded projects will benefit Los Angeles County residents. It will set a standard for local hiring on future light rail, subway, and highway projects.

Community Job Fair and Health Fair Saturday

Ebenezer Job Fair

Vendors will be interviewing and offering jobs, job training and trade school information! Bring your resume and dress for success!

FREE vaccinations for adults and children! Health screenings, HIV testing, mental health resources, African American Alzheimer’s Association, Center for Lupus Care, Public Health Information and other health services will be provided.

SAVE THE DATE: Fight For Local Jobs On October 5, 2010

Fight for Jobs

FIGHT FOR LOCAL JOBS IN THE SECOND DISTRICT

New Meeting Date: October 5, 2010

The Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to establish a Local Worker Hiring Policy for the $145 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. With over $400 million of construction activity on the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital and surrounding buildings, this is our first opportunity to promote local hiring.

The proposed policy will ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours worked under a Project Labor Agreement with the building trade unions are performed by local residents who live in high unemployment ZIP codes (150% of the County average), and that a substantial portion of these are set aside for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Come and let your voice be heard in support of local hiring.

RSVP to Karla Diaz at: KDiaz@bos.lacounty.gov

STAND UP FOR LOCAL JOBS

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Celebrates Milestone With Erection Of Concrete Walls For The $20 Million South Health Center Project

Project will provide quality healthcare and economic benefits to the region

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was on hand for the erection of exterior concrete panel walls for the new South Health Center, a milestone in the construction of the $20 million project that will provide a number of vital public health services in the Second District.

The South Health Center is the first of several projects scheduled for construction in the region surrounding the New Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center. Scheduled for completion in December 2012, the MLK Medical Center and the other capital investment projects will serve as an asset in the community, providing a much needed economic boost in the area.

In June, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined community leaders and stakeholders to break ground on the South Health Center, which the Supervisor said is on schedule with no major issues or concerns.

Located at the northwest corner of 120th Street and Wilmington Avenue in the unincorporated Watts-Willowbrook area, the new outpatient public health center will provide immunizations and services to treat various conditions, including sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and communicable diseases.

The South Health Center, one of several new capital investments for the region, will create over 10,000 new jobs in the community, along with the much anticipated new MLK Medical Center, Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Rosa Parks Station.

“We are standing at the epicenter of a great opportunity to address the healthcare crisis, not just South Los Angeles, but the entire nation,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

The Supervisor remains committed to hiring local residents for these projects, issuing a challenge for everyone to join him in his efforts to open doors to provide critically important employment to citizens who live nearby.

“We are very excited to see the South Health Center project moving forward,” the Supervisor said. “I look forward to the grand opening of this center in the very near future.”