Local hiring shortfall flusters local leader


PASADENA
- While he was unable to attend Pasadena First Source Buy Local’s
opportunity fair
at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, Pasadena-branch NAACP
President Joe Brown
expressed his dissappointment with local hiring
on the $152 stadium renovation.

Brown,
who sits on an oversight committee charged with assuring locals land
jobs on the project, said the city engaged in a bit of false
advertising in promoting the renovation of the Rose Bowl.

We
were not able to provide what we advertised,” Brown said.

Rose Bowl officials said the project would generate between 75 and 100 construction jobs for locals. Thus far, there have only been 23 jobs for construction workers and 29 for consultants from Pasadena.

He
contacted the Star-News after the story went to print, therefore his
comments were not included in the original piece.

Brown,
who characterized the city’s efforts to compel contractors to hit a
15 percent hiring goal on the stadium renovation as “teethless,”
said he and other community leaders are growing frustrated with Rose
Bowl’s
efforts.

He
was absent from Thursday’s opportunity fair. Brown was at the NAACP
National Convention in Los Angeles
.

But
Brown doubts he would have participated in Thursday’s Rose Bowl event
because he said his presence might “have given people false hope
that there were legitimate job opportunities at the Rose Bowl.”

Sometimes
you have to tell people the truth,” Brown said. “I want people to
go, but don’t want them to expect anything out of (the event) unless you have the skills.”

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