City of San Jose Local Hire Ordinance

City of San Jose Local Hire Ordinance

Updated July 27, 2017

The City of San Jose is currently exploring a Local Hiring Ordinance. The policy has been nominated by the San Jose City Council as a high priority.

At the May 23, 2016 CED Committee meeting, Public Works staff presented initial research, conclusions and recommended next steps regarding a local hire program, construction apprenticeships and related programs and a local/small business preference policy. The Committee accepted the staff report and provided direction to pursue necessary next steps related to a potential local hiring ordinance and apprenticeship issues. The Committee approved staffs’ recommendation to incorporate the local/small business preference policy into Council Priority # 14 (Race and Gender Neutral Citywide Contracting Program). The item returned to CED on October 24, 2016 with the following next steps:

  1. Staff will prepare a budget request for the labor market study and begin to prepare the solicitation.
  2. Staff will continue to meet with the building and construction trades and other agencies to address apprentice supply issues.
  3. Staff will provide an update to the Community and Economic Development Committee in Spring 2017.


STATUS: Coming before the City of San Jose CED committee in September

Questions? Please contact Victor Cuauhtémoc Gomez, Sr. Director of Public Policy at

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