Disadvantaged youth join pipeline for $1.5 billion
in public works projects
New program trains local youth for their piece of the pie,
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell reports.
By Pat Murphy
February 24, 2006
Disadvantaged local youth now join the pipeline for $1.5 billion
in San Francisco public works projects, San Francisco Supervisor
Sophie Maxwell announced Thursday.
She joined leaders of the public-private partnership CityBuild
Initiative to expand the CityBuild Academy born last year
of her imagination.
Participants were on hand to sign an agreement which changes
It requires that all major capital project contracts and their
subs participate in CityBuild and established a goal for local
workforce population of 50% of new hires for each trade.
"I don't like the way business was being done," Mayor
Gavin Newsom insisted.
"I'm not going to sit here in Bayview Hunters point, and
every time I come to the community and have guys out on the street
saying, 'I want a job. Man, I'm trying to get a job but I can't
get a job,' and I go down Third Street and I see 50 guys who look
like me that I know are not from the community - and they are
the ones doing the work," stated Newsom.
Neilson Bates says he's going to build mansions
with the skills he's learned at the academy
Some 265 public works projects "are underway or in the pipeline,"
noted Newsom, including projects at the PUC, MUNI, Department
of Public Works, the Port, and San Francisco International Airport.
Maxwell predicted CityBuild will become a national model.
"This is going to work. This is going to be a model for
our country," said Maxwell.
"As the mayor said, 'Cities should be about building the
middle class not importing them,' and that's what San Francisco
is about to do.
"We have billions of dollars with capital projects going
"Our citizens should feel that. They should feel it in their
"When we build housing it should be for the people who are
here already. When we build amenities it should be for the people
who are here already.
"And these young men and women who you see here behind me
- this city is for them. They live here. They don't have to commute.
They are a resource and that's how we're going to treat them...
a valuable resource.
"I want to thank the Carpenter's Union that when we put
out the call to say, 'What can we do?' ... they said they may
have an idea.
Carpenter's Union President Robert Alvarado
"And I want to thank Jose Luis Moskowitch for stepping up
to the plate for coming up with the financing for this.
"I want to thank the mayor because when we came to him he
said, 'Yes,' and he has not faltered one bit.
Carpentry and electrician training through CityBuild Academy
overcomes early contractor objection that local youth lacked sufficient
training, Newsom pointed out.
CityBuild Academy is a partnership between the Office of Economic
and Workforce Development, the Northern California Carpenters
Regional Council, City College, the Transportation Authority,
and the Private Industry Council.
Located at City College's Evans Street Campus, CityBuild Academy
"is a state of the art facility, where students participate
in a 14-week, highly structured pre-apprenticeship program that
provides hands-on and classroom training," City College Chancellor
Phillip Day stated.
City College Chancellor Phillip Day
"This is the type of collaborative effort and partnership
that the Mayor, City College and our friends in labor have always
envisioned," recalled Day.
"It's an effort to create avenues of opportunity for individuals
to receive training, and more importantly, quality high-paying
jobs in the construction industry."
Currently 55 students are enrolled at CityBuild Academy, all
of whom are San Francisco residents and most of whom come from
disadvantaged communities such as the Bayview, Visitacion Valley,
the Mission and Chinatown.
Academy Students are required to be a San Francisco Resident;
possess a High School Diploma or GED; have a valid CA Drivers
License; have the legal capacity to work in the U.S.; pass a basic
skills test at eight grade level.
"For those trying to right the ship," a criminal history
does not preclude someone from entering CityBuild Academy, Newsom
Bayview native LaToya Younger attends both carpentry and electrician
at the CityBuild Academy.
Potential students may contact CityBuild director
Chris Iglesias at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone (415) 554-6512.
CityBuild director Chris Iglesias