Council puts off discussion of preferential contractor proposal

The City Council put off discussion Monday of a proposed ordinance that would give preferential treatment to contractors that agree to hire a mostly local workforce when doing business with San Diego.

The so-called local jobs policy was sent back to the Rules, Open Government and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to address concerns by the Independent Budget Analyst’s Office.

The ordinance — proposed by City Council President Ben Hueso in January to help combat high local unemployment — would give a bid preference to contractors working on large public projects that agree to hire at least 80 percent of their workforce from the San Diego area.

The workforce would also have to be comprised of 10 percent “disadvantaged workers,” such as residents who have been unemployed for an extended amount of time and veterans.

It wasn’t disclosed when the proposed ordinance would be heard by the Rules Committee.