By Peter Brownell Ph.D.| December 14, 2013 |
“A further drain on South Bay taxpayers” misses the mark in its discussion of Southwestern College’s Community Benefits Agreements. It fails to mention a similar agreement at San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Findings from SDUSD tell a different story than the one in the editorial.
A report evaluating SDUSD’s agreement reveals no increase in the cost of winning bids for school construction projects when compared to non-agreement projects. SDUSD’s agreement also provided a hiring boon to workers in disadvantaged regions of the District.
SDUSD and Southwestern’s agreements have local hiring provisions ensuring that taxpayer-funded construction jobs go to local residents who will spend earnings locally. Based on the overwhelmingly positive experience SDUSD has had with its agreement, we can support the Governing Board’s decision.