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Creating a Green Path to Good Jobs for LA Residents

Jerome Singletary Jr.: I am very proud that LA is taking concrete steps to ensure a bright future for all Angelenos by increasing access to recycling while also creating incentives for companies to invest in local green infrastructure.

As the City of Los Angeles continues to grow, it is important to remember that in order for this growth to be sustainable, we must both protect our environment while also growing our economy. Two of the major issues impacting our society today are income inequality and climate change. If these issues are not addressed, the results could be catastrophic. With the current political climate that exists at the federal level, cities must take the lead to ensure that residents live in a healthy environment and that there is a more equitable distribution of resources, including jobs and affordable housing.

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I am very proud that LA is taking concrete steps to ensure a bright future for all Angelenos by increasing access to recycling while also creating incentives for companies to invest in local green infrastructure.

I am very proud that LA is taking concrete steps to ensure a bright future for all Angelenos by increasing access to recycling while also creating incentives for companies to invest in local green infrastructure. It is this type of leadership that is needed in order to ensure that there is a path for city residents to enter the middle class.

It’s exciting to see the city rolling out its new recycLA commercial waste and recycling system. Research shows that recycling adds 10 times as many jobs as landfilling, and I can personally attest to how increasing recycling in our city will provide a great benefit to our neighborhoods. By creating a new public-private partnership, the city has laid the groundwork not only to protect the environment, but create more job opportunities for LA residents in the waste and recycling industry. I am confident that creating more of these types of jobs can increase opportunities for Angelenos in communities of color who are overrepresented when it comes to poverty and lack of upward mobility. Increased access to good jobs is not only good for the economy, it has broader impacts in our communities by seeding hope and keeping youth off of the streets and out of trouble.

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Having a good job in the waste and recycling industry has been beneficial to me and my family. For 20 years, I worked as waste bin delivery driver in Los Angeles, up until I retired last year. Because I worked for a high road company, I was able to receive good health benefits and yearly raises, which allowed me to purchase my home and provide for my family. I was also able to put my son through college at the University of Buffalo. He’s now married and serving our country working for the Department of Homeland Security.

It is clear that in order for all LA communities to prosper, people must have the opportunity to work to provide for themselves and their families. By increasing recycling through recycLA and contracting with high road companies, the city is creating opportunities for there to be more jobs for Angelenos. I am particularly excited that the waste hauling companies are working with Council District 8 this Saturday at the First AME Church at a job fair to promote job opportunities for residents in the district. This is exactly the type of steps that need to be taken in order to inform residents of these new opportunities.

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Jerome Singletary Jr.

Jerome Singletary Jr. worked as a private sanitation worker for more 20 years in the LA area before retiring last year. Thanks to having a good job, he was able to purchase his home and put his son through college. He is excited that the city of LA is expanding opportunities to create more good jobs for LA residents in working class communities of color.

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