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LA County Hiring Practices

The reimagined river requires the collaboration of community members and local residents to succeed as a recreational, ecological, and economic asset.

For the river to become an integral part of the community, it will need the support of local workers and small businesses. As the reimagined river creates opportunities for the community to be stewards of the river, so too can the river be a proponent to its community through local hiring practices, business procurement, and job creation for supported workers and small businesses. The river should especially support marginalized communities, such as older persons, persons experiencing homelessness, and system-impacted individuals, that may otherwise fall outside of traditional employment and business opportunities. There should be greater expansion of hiring practices that include and support Indigenous Peoples and businesses owned by Indigenous Peoples. Building projects, facilities operation and maintenance, and programming along the LA River can support a robust ecology of economic activity bolstered by diverse people with varying backgrounds, experience, education, and expertise.

Youth Summit hosts a group of activities for children.
Youth Summit.
OLIN, 2018.

Local Hiring Practice

To provide opportunities for the community, river-related projects and new contracts should employ local hiring practices. Local hiring practices currently apply to LA County capital projects, specifically for construction jobs that stipulate hiring Local Residents and Targeted Workers.

Local Residents should make up 30% of a project’s workforce. Targeted workers should make up 10% of a project’s workforce. Contractors are required to hire a job coordinator to hire workers and prove that the job site meets the required percentages.


Local Residents

Local Residents are determined by individuals‘ proximity to the construction site. Workers must reside within qualifying zip codes that are within a 5-mile radius of the job site. Residents outside of this range can still qualify as Local Residents if the labor within the desired radius cannot be found or the zip codes outside of the range qualify as a targeted neighborhood.

ASCE walk leader talks to group of attendees about the Elyisan Valley.
ASCE Elysian Valley river walk.
Geosyntec, 2019.
Team members of operations and maintenance inspects vegetation of LA River channel.
Workers inspecting a portion of the soft bottom channel on the LA River.
Geosyntec, 2018.

Supported Workers

Supported workers are workers that are less likely to be hired and are defined by LA County under the umbrella term “Targeted Workers.” Targeted Workers are people who identify as one or more of the following designations:

  • A documented annual income at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level
  • No high school diploma or GED
  • A history of involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Protracted unemployment
  • A current recipient of government cash or food assistance benefits
  • Currently in a state of homelessness or has been homeless within the last year
  • A custodial single parent
  • A former foster youth
  • A veteran or is the eligible spouse of a veteran
  • Eligible migrant or seasonal farm worker
  • Currently an English language learner
  • Older than 55
  • Disabled
  • Low level of literacy
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