The Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously authorised the primary steps towards creating an ordinance to require subcontractors engaged on permitted tasks in San Diego County to reveal extra details about their enterprise by a public county-sponsored on-line portal.
Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer was directed to hunt enter from stakeholders and develop choices for the “Subcontractor Transparency Measures for County Permits” ordinance, which might require subcontractors — by the Accela on-line portal — to reveal their contact info, staff’ compensation insurance coverage info, and state Contractor License Board license quantity and class.
Robbins-Meyer will return to the board in six months with choices, together with suggestions on how info may be collected to make sure compliance.
“It is crucial for subcontractors to be held accountable for his or her work, together with their security and labor practices,” mentioned board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who proposed the coverage. “Including easy disclosures to the net portal will assist stop unqualified operators and violators from doing shoddy work in our group.”
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer described the proposed ordinance as a “modest, cheap” mechanism to curve abuses.
In line with Fletcher’s workplace, having a agency coverage will assist the county deal with conditions corresponding to one involving a Riverside-based drywall firm that was cited for wage and hour violations in 2016 and a 2019 lodge collapse in New Orleans that killed three individuals.
Through the Wednesday board assembly, held nearly, supervisors heard from constructing business and union representatives, together with Dustin Steiner of the San Diego chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, who mentioned the proposed ordinance would create extra paperwork and price. Steiner mentioned, nonetheless, that he appeared ahead to working with the board because it crafts a brand new coverage.
Gretchen Newsom, political director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, mentioned her union strongly helps the proposed ordinance.
“This transparency measure enhances the aim of constructing stronger communities,” she mentioned.
Matthew Adams, vp on the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, mentioned he needed readability to make sure any ordinance doesn’t end in extra difficulties, extra prices or time delays in getting tasks authorised.
Doug Hicks, of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, mentioned his group appreciated “the county being sturdy voice for staff and contractors.” Legislation-abiding contractors are at an obstacle in comparison with those that break the legislation, so the ordinance “will ship a robust message to contractors as effectively,” he mentioned.
Every year, the county planning and improvement providers division processes about 13,000 constructing permits. On common, tasks that make the most of contractors have two to 6 subcontractors.
The county already verifies that the lead contractor is in good standing with the Contractors State Licensing Board, however the proposed ordinance would make sure the subcontractors they use are held to the identical requirements, and that the general public is ready to entry the identical info.
The Subcontractor Transparency Measures for County Permits coverage is a part of Fletcher’s plan to create a “Framework for San Diego County’s Future,” which has elevated transparency as a aim. The framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego which have been traditionally left behind.
“We are able to create a tradition of compliance, which is able to assist root out potential violations,” Fletcher mentioned.