Why Long Beach Needs A Local Hiring Policy

Jul. 29, 2015 / By

Imagine if Long Beach jobs were offered to local residents first.

That’s the idea behind Long Beach First, an initiative to have a local hire policy in place for Long Beach.

Pacific Gateway, a local employment agency, is now holding community sessions asking residents to chime in on what a local hire policy should look like.

The idea was spurred when councilmembers Lena Gonzalez, Rex Richardson, Roberto Uranga, and Dee Andrews asked Pacific Gateway to compile a report that considers community input.

Pacific Gateway has looked at best practices done by six other cities to see what can be replicated here.

The agency is presenting its report to City Council on Aug. 18.

In the video above, VoiceWaves asks residents how a local hire policy would impact their communities.

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Michael Lozano

Michael Lozano

Michael is a 30-year-old journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. As a college student, Michael was very active in campus affairs and graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor. His articles have been syndicated at national sites including Mother Jones, New America Media, and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher.