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L.A. Supports Local Hire Act

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to support a congressional bill that would enable state and local transportation agencies to require contractors to hire locals.

The council voted unanimously to back Democratic Rep. Karen Bass’ “Local Hire Act,” which would enable agencies, such as Metro, to mandate that a portion of workers are locals.

State and local transportation agencies are currently barred from imposing local hiring requirements on federally funded projects.

“There is tremendous potential to create jobs as we build a transportation system that will finally allow people to easily get around the city without their cars,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced a resolution supporting bill.

About $130 million in federal funds for the Metro project was secured last week, with more expected to come, for the downtown Los Angeles Regional Connector and the “Subway to the Sea.”