The Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office presented a
report to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors regarding
the state of the City's Workforce Development System.
According to the Policy Analysis Report (October 8, 2013),
the City has failed to implement many key provisions in the
Administrative Code Section 30, which was approved in
Section 30 was designed to centralize policymaking and
oversight for all City workforce development programs under
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development
(OEWD). Since Section 30 was approved, City Departments
have continued to independently administer their individual
workforce development funding and programs. They have
not shown a willingness to work together under a centralized
department to improve the overall impact of the various
workforce development programs within the city. As a result,
the effectiveness of workforce development has been
inconsistent across the city.
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
At 493 acres, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a major geographical
location within the Southeast Sector of San Francisco.
It is also a major source of controversy.
Its closure by the U.S. Navy in 1974 eliminated the jobs of over 3,000
workers -- most of them were African Americans. Its high levels of
pollution and radioactivity has classified it as a Superfund Site that
required hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up.
In November of 2000 a huge majority of San Franciscans, 221,013, or
86.4%, voted for
Proposition P, a Resolution which stated that the entire Hunter’s Point
Naval Shipyard, 493 acres
of long-polluted land in southeast San Francisco, should be cleaned up
by the U. S. Navy to ‘unrestricted use’ before the City of San Francisco
accepted any transfer of Shipyard land from the Navy.
The land development contract was awarded to Lennar Corporation,
headquartered in Miami, Florida, is one of the largest builders of
residential communities in the United States. Their efforts to speed up
the development process and build thousands of homes before
satisfactory cleanup has brought them in direct conflict with the
community and California regulatory agencies which has resulted in a
fine of $515,000.
Shipyard history, photographs, and official actions can be located on
our dedicated website at the link below:
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Is San Francisco Ready to
"Walk the Talk?"
On December 16, 2013, the City and County of San
Francisco made what could be a significant step towards
actually building a Workforce Development System that
works! It was the Grand Opening of the new
state-of-the-art Contractors Assistance Center financed
and staffed by the San Francisco Public Utilities
The Contractors Assistance Center is a free resource to
establish new firms and help existing businesses grow
through technical trainings and wrap around services. The
center features an attractive computer-equipped training
room offering classes on the latest professional contractor
software. Additionally, there is a computerized Plans Room
where blueprints and project plan books of upcoming
projects are digitized and can be viewed on DVDs. Small
meeting rooms as well as a conference room are also
Small business owners can get the knowledge, real-time
information, skills, and access to state-of-the-art tools
through trusted, experienced advisors who are ready to
help. Now small contractors can get ACCESS to,
COMPETE for and PERFORM on City contracting
opportunities just like the larger companies.
The Center is open 8:30AM to 5:30PM Monday through
Since OEWD does not provide the needed solution to the problem, the
City needs a citywide policy for the individual departments to adhere to.
That policy would define the goals of its workforce development
programs and how these programs benefit the City, sets priorities for
funding allocations, and establishes standard program performance
So, as a remedy, the report recommends that the Administrative Code
be revised to create a citywide workforce development planning
committee that defines the goals and priorities for the departments to
follow in the administration of their various workforce development
programs. To achieve this ineffective and obsolete provisions should
be deleted in order to create a citywide workforce development
The entire report is available by clicking on the link below:
Workforce Development System Policy Analysis Report
Workforce Development Lacks Citywide Plan