As many members of the Black community complain of not seeing any Black people working on any of the new construction projects, USC students at the Annenberg School delved into whether USC kept their commitments to a robust Community Benefits Agreement. Specifically, did PV Jobs train people to work in construction. Their research left 2UrbanGirls pissed off! The committee formed to ensure construction job training decided to train Blacks for RETAIL instead.
With constant construction and expansion of the Metro rail, NFL/Soccer stadiums and possibly a new basketball arena in Inglewood, how are city leaders expecting to meet construction hiring mandates if residents aren’t trained?
A committee was created to ensure that 28 provisions, promising the community likely more than $40 million in benefits, was not fully realized.
Benny Torres helped negotiate the development agreement with a coalition of other community leaders. As the director of CD Tech, an organization focused on economic development in South Los Angeles, he was part of the Economic Development Coordinating Council formed by the agreement. The committee distributed $300,000 in grant money to provide job training to 120 local workers.
Now that training has begun, Torres said he “wished we would have done a better job because the committee missed the key window to train residents for the first wave of retail jobs.
“Getting 120 people trained is good, but we could have done more, leveraged the funding better, and done things sooner,” Torres said.
The council, made up of community, university and city leaders, decided that it wanted to focus on providing training for permanent jobs in service, retail, hospitality and maintenance instead of temporary construction jobs.
Chose to focus on RETAIL jobs and NOT TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION JOBS?
Read the full report by clicking here. Author of the article Rachel Cohrs declined an interview request with 2UrbanGirls.