PRIORITIZING WORKING FAMILIES & SMALL BUSINESSES
Jobs & The Economy
“Los Angeles is on the right track, but there is still much we can do to help small businesses create jobs, expand job training programs and bring high wage jobs back to our community.”
Expanding Access to Economic Opportunities
Herb Wesson has spent his career expanding access to the middle class by creating well-paying jobs, supporting our local businesses, and bolstering apprenticeship and mentorship programs. Since 2010, Herb’s forward-thinking policies have led to the creation of 13,000 jobs in the 10th Council District and a 33% increase in average annual wages.
As LA City Council President, he made sure that local workers were hired to construct the Metro Expo line, helped local businesses qualify for state contracts, and implemented the Construction Careers and Project Stabilization Policy that requires developers to provide good wages and benefits to local workers. Herb also led the effort to create LA’s Green Building Retrofit and Workforce Program to generate jobs, train workers, and upgrade government-owned buildings to conserve water and energy.
Herb is dedicated to eliminating poverty in Los Angeles County and knows that a living wage is a critical step in doing so. That’s why he led the charge to raise LA’s minimum wage to $20 an hour, thereby changing the status quo in California and encouraging other parts of the state – and even the nation – to follow suit.
Herb is also working to prepare the next generation for fulfilling careers through programs designed to educate, mentor, and connect Los Angeles’ youth. He sponsors Our Cycle LA, which has provided more than four thousand computers and free WiFi access to over one thousand local students for the past four years. Herb also established a program to help disadvantaged youth get apprenticeships in the construction industry.
As LA County Supervisor, Herb Wesson will continue to prioritize working families and small businesses, ensuring that they have access to economic opportunities and are prepared to succeed in the 21st Century economy.