Last Meeting: Ensuring Access to Good Local Jobs through Compliance

Photo by California Construction Academy.  View more photos of the event.

Implementing good construction policy is just one step toward good careers.  Ensuring contractors comply with state regulations and local hire goals is a critical piece of the puzzle.  As part of its role as the official construction intermediary for the City of Los Angeles, the California Construction Academy held a panel discussion on Tuesday, December 13 on compliance.

A panel of compliance experts shared their experience and successes. Panelists included:

  • Chris Jenson, City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Contract Administration
  • Jesse Ayala, Sheet Metal Workers Local 105
  • Veronica Soto, Parsons Construction Inc., Third Party Compliance Monitor for MLK Hospital Project

Panelists raised many interesting points.  They discussed the need to share best practices and data tracking software across agencies.  They detailed steps necessary for an active compliance system, including commitment from top levels of leadership, dedicated staff positions, pro-active contractor support workshops and relationship-building opportunities, and talking directly to workers onsite.  Representatives from Piping Industry Progress and Education Trust Fund (PIPE), a labor-management cooperation committee, raised the importance of educating contractors about the cost benefit of using apprenticeships and other aspects of project-labor agreements.

The California Construction Academy shared recent research findings that showed how successful compliance led to impressive results in small business development under Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s Project Stabilization Agreement.  Under the LAUSD PSA, 48% of LAUSD construction dollars went to small and disadvantaged businesses.


View photos from the event.


The next Labor-Community Construction Committee meeting will take place in January.  For more information, contact Hugo Sarmiento at