Did you know that in a little less than four months, San Diego could lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for construction projects? Or that our city might no longer be eligible to receive low-interest loans for sewer and water projects?
This probably comes as a shock, since no one seems very interested in talking about it. But the future of our cityscape is at stake. These factors could make it much more expensive to build in San Diego.
To understand how we got here, we need to go back a few years.
On Oct. 2, 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 922, which prohibits using state funds for local construction projects where local agencies no longer allow the use of project labor agreements. These are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with labor organizations that set the terms of employment for specific construction projects.