Pasadena NAACP to push jobs at national convention

PASADENA
- It’s all about jobs at the NAACP’s
102nd Annual National Convention in Los
Angeles
, which begins Friday.

A
contingency of 25 Pasadena residents, including Pasadena-branch

NAACP
President Joe Brown and six delegates to the convention, will
press the national organization to take a stand on creating jobs.

A
jobs agenda is at the forefront of this year’s agenda,” Brown said.
“The second thing is redistricting. The third thing is the public
schools system.”

Look
to Notes from Northwest Pasadena for more updates on the
Pasadena-branch NAACP’s trip to the NAACP national convention.

The
pressure from Brown and the Pasadena delegation comes as unemployment
plagues the black community nationwide
, and as residents of all races
and ethnicities in Northwest Pasadena struggle to find work.

Unemployment
is above 18 percent in the two zip codes that make up Northwest
Pasadena
, according to Los Angeles County.

The
numbers are high despite efforts by the city of Pasadena to put
residents to work.

Pasadena
First Source Buy Local
, was put in charge of local hiring on the $152
million Rose Bowl renovation.
The city contracted with Parsons to the
tune of $75,000 to help the city-run agency place Pasadena residents in jobs
on the stadium project.

The
efforts have fallen flat.

When
the city pitched plans to renovate the stadium, Rose Bowl General
Manager Darryl Dunn
promised between 75 and 100 jobs for Pasadena
residents.

Thus
far, according to Dunn, 29 Pasadena residents have been hired at the Rose Bowl,
only seven Pasadena residents are working in construction-related, or hard hat jobs,
with the balance working in white collar positions such architecture,
design and engineering.

During
the latest round of bids, city officials told the Star-News that
First Source Buy Local and Parsons “anticipate” not finding Pasadena-based
contractors or workers qualified to contribute to the second phase of
construction, leaving even more resident without a place to work at
the Rose Bowl and doing little to bring down unemployment in
Northwest Pasadena.

The
latest round of bid packages brings the total amount of money spent
on the stadium renovation to $100 million with only seven
construction-related jobs secured. 

That’s two-thirds of the money
spent, and only 7 percent of the original hiring goal met.

To
be clear that’s not 7 percent of the total number of jobs on the
renovation project given to locals, but 7 percent of the jobs
promised to locals actually given to locals.

But
I bet the new scoreboard looks nice.

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