The local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America sued today to stop the San Diego Unified School District from excluding 750 apprentices from doing work on Proposition S improvements.
The $2.1 billion bond measure was approved by voters last November on a promise to renovate campuses throughout California's second-largest school district.
In May, the San Diego school board voted to approve a Project Stabilization Agreement that requires firms bidding on Prop S projects to hire union workers.
A representative from the school district could not immediately be reached for comment on the suit, which alleges the PSA passed by the SDUSD board excludes all enrollees in AGC's Apprenticeship Program from working on Prop S projects because they are not enrolled in a union program.
"This is discriminatory, and it will eliminate job opportunities for hundreds of well-qualified apprentices who live in San Diego County," said Jim Ryan, AGC's executive vice president.
The AGC's Apprenticeship Program was created in 1988 and has been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Apprentice Standards and the California Apprenticeship Council to train enrolles as carpenters, cement masons, drywall lathers, drywall finishers, heavy equipment operators, painters and laborers.
According to the lawsuit, the school district may not usurp the authority of the DAS and the CAC and develop its own policy and procedures for apprenticeship training and employment on the projects.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.