The Carson City Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday, December 6th, urging the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to ensure Carson residents, and other similarly situated LA County citizens, are offered priority for any and all jobs resulting from the passage of Measure M.
Measure M is the new LA County sales tax sponsored by Metro to fund the Long Range Transportation Plan in the following areas: new transit and highway projects; services for seniors, students and disabled residents; bus and rail operations; bicycle and pedestrian connections; ongoing system maintenance and repairs; and local street improvements. On November 8, 2016, Measure M passed by a two-thirds vote.
The City of Carson looks forward to a supportive role as Metro proceeds with all the highway and transit projects that will occur due to the passage of Measure M.
Economic forecast by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), commissioned by Metro, estimated that more than 465,000 jobs would result from the infrastructure projects to be funded by Measure M.
“Statistics show that Carson has a higher than average unemployment and underemployment rate compared to other cities in California and LA County,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “The City of Carson strongly appeals to Metro to draft a project labor agreement to deliver the promised jobs to LA County residents of cities struggling with higher than average unemployment and underemployment,” added Robles.
Metro approving a project labor agreement puts a mechanism in place to ensure that Carson residents and other similarly situated LA County citizens are offered priority in receiving the Measure M jobs. Carson Mayor Robles concluded “The City Council respects the voice of the people and the outcome of the election and implores Metro to collaborate with the building trades industry and engage in a Project Labor Agreement to provide the promised jobs to LA County residents, the people paying the increased tax, and only employ non-LA County residents on any and all Measure M funded projects after every effort has been made to give the job to a local LA County resident.”