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Big Names at San Francisco Local Hiring Victory Party
(Bay Citizen)
Thu Feb 24, 2011
...An extraordinary turnout at Wednesday's victory party, hosted by Laborers International Union Local 261 in its Mission District headquarters, showed that deep support exists for the legislation within the city's political and administrative leadership.

The victory party was attended by about 200 people, including the mayor; supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and Ross Mirkarimi; City Attorney Dennis Herrera; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Ed Harrington; Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin; CityBuild Director Guillermo Rodriguez; Aboriginal Blackmen United members including leader James Richards; Brightline Defense Project Executive Director Joshua Arce; Chinese for Affirmative Action Executive Director Vincent Pan; City College trustees John Rizzo and Chris Jackson; and Southeast Jobs Coalition representative James Bryant...

 


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Mandatory Local Hiring Becomes Law In San Francisco
(SF Bayview)
Thu Dec 30, 2010
...“Now begins the task of making this law work as the community intends,” said Brightline executive director Joshua Arce, who worked with Chinese for Affirmative Action to publish the groundbreaking report, “The Failure of Good Faith,” which highlighted San Francisco’s plunge to an all-time low in local hiring performance. “That means union jobs for our local communities, because only opportunities with the wage and working condition protections, pension and benefits that union jobs provide will break the persistent cycles of poverty and unemployment that the Avalos law is intended to address..."

 


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Out With The Old - Southeastern San Francisco Celebrates The End Of The Potrero Power Plant
(SF Bay Guardian)
Wed Dec 29, 2010
...Joshua Arce, who worked with community members to shut down the plant as part of his work with the Brightline Defense Project, was clearly pleased by the announcement. "It's a fantastic day. We're at last going to see the billowing smokestack come down, and for good," Arce said...

 


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State Lawmaker Vows To Fight San Francisco Local-Hiring Law
(Bay Citizen)
Mon Dec 27, 2010
...Joshua Arce, executive director of the nonprofit Brightline Defense Project, which works with high-unemployment San Francisco communities and helped write the bill, said much of the legislation’s opposition regionally has been based on misunderstandings.

“Assemblymember Hill has been a strong advocate in Sacramento for working men and women," Arce said in an e-mail. "We look forward to sitting down with him to show him how we have addressed the concerns he has raised..."

 


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Out-Of-Work San Franciscans Descend Upon City Hall With A Special Holiday Request
(SF Bayview)
Thu Dec 23, 2010
..."Mayor Newsom has in front of him a law that works for the city, for the region, for labor, for contractors and, most importantly, for our unemployed and job-hungry communities," said Brightline Executive Director Joshua Arce, who worked with Supervisor Avalos and advocates from the Bayview, Chinatown and the Mission to help craft San Francisco’s local hiring policy. "This is a Christmas gift nearly 50 years in the making"...

 


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Avalos' Mandatory Local Hiring Legislation Heads To Mayor's Desk
(SF Bayview)
Sun Dec 19, 2010
...“Mayor Newsom’s signature on the Avalos local hiring legislation will help us ‘put the Merry into Christmas and the Happy back into New Year,’” said Brightline Executive Director Joshua Arce, quoting a greeting card that ABU delivered to Mayor Newsom just hours before Tuesday’s vote. The August 2010 Chinese for Affirmative Action-Brightline report “The Failure of Good Faith” helped ignite the call for local hiring reform that has been smoldering for decades...

 


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SF Adopts Local Hiring Law
(The Bay Citizen)
Tue Dec 07, 2010
...Joshua Arce, a San Francisco attorney who works with disadvantaged communities and helped lead efforts over the past year to convince lawmakers to pass the local hiring law, welcomed Tuesday's vote.

"Today represents the fulfillment of generations of jobs promises deferred," Arce said.

 


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Home Wind Power Faces Roadblocks In San Francisco
(SF Chronicle)
Mon Dec 06, 2010
..."Miller's situation is a test case for whether San Francisco is ready to promote wind power or not," said Joshua Arce, executive director of Brightline Defense Project, an environmental justice organization based in San Francisco. "I think we walk a fine line when we apply a lens of aesthetics to renewable energy..."

 


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Nimby Rears Its Head Against Wind Power Project
(NY Times)
Thu Nov 11, 2010
...The Kitts’ project was protected by the 32-year-old California Solar Rights Act, which limits officials’ ability to consider aesthetic issues on applications to install solar panels. But no such protection exists for wind power generators, according to Joshua Arce, an environmental lawyer who helped the Kitts and is working with Mr. Miller.

“Wind power is not noisy. It’s not disruptive,” Mr. Arce said. “We have to find a way to promote all forms of renewable energy because the alternatives feature the possibility of 10 feet of sea level rise...”

 


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Mandatory Local Hire Means Our Fair Share Of Construction Jobs
(San Francisco Bayview)
Mon Nov 08, 2010
...we felt like we had hit a sticking point until a mutual friend introduced us to Joshua Arce of the Brightline Defense Project, who in turn introduced me to Vincent Pan and Chinese for Affirmative Action.

This was a match made in heaven. They were exactly in the place where we wanted to be with Local Hire. They had already thoroughly researched the issue and determined that not only was a 50 percent local hiring mandate feasible, but that it was LEGAL! At that time, Brightline and CAA were just finishing up the comprehensive report, “The Failure of Good Faith.” This report laid it all on the line and had made it into the hands of City Supervisors John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi...

 



 

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