Once Again, County Supervisors Reject Opportunity to Create Green Jobs for Imperial County Residents
Program Would Have Provided National Model for Green Job Creation, Skilled Workforce Training and Positioned County for Stimulus Funds
EL CENTRO, CA – Today, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors rejected a Resolution that would have created the Imperial County Green Building Retrofit and Workforce Development Program. Local unemployed craftspeople packed the County Chambers to demand a program that required energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting and air conditioning on County facilities in order to create green jobs and skilled training opportunities for Imperial County residents. Recently, the Supervisors also passed on applying for a $5 million stimulus grant to create local green jobs.
The Program would have been the first of its kind for a rural County in the United States, and would have positioned Imperial County to tap into millions of dollars in public money for energy efficiency retrofits.
Oscar Baca, an unemployed craftsman from Calexico asked the Supervisors “Is it wrong for us to defend our rights to work in our county?” Baca and the other workers, expressed disappointed in the Supervisors. Said Claude Smith, an El Centro resident, “Unfortunately, the Supervisors didn’t vote for a program that would have put Imperial County residents to work in green jobs and positioned the County for millions in federal energy efficiency dollars.” .
Founded in 1891, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 725,000 members working in a variety of fields including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. IBEW Local 569 represents more than 2,500 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Note: Mr. Baca (Spanish only) and Mr. Smith (English only) are available for interview. Please call to get their contact information.