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.