One year ago next month, Mayor Kevin Johnson made a pledge to the public about arena construction jobs.
“It won’t be jobs that everyone around the country can have. Sixty percent of the jobs will be local participation,” he said.
Nearly a year after Johnson made that pledge, local equipment operator Terrance Mayhorn, with 13 years of experience, is wondering why he isn’t part of that 60 percent.
“I was born and raised here in Sacramento. I’ve been here for 51 years,” he said. “This is what you live for.”
Mayhorn has showed up to the Downtown Plaza every single day since demolition began, nearly two weeks ago.
He believes the Kings currently have about five heavy equipment operators working on the project, but he says they’re not local workers. He says if they were, they’d belong to the Local 3 union.
“Of the vendors and contractors currently working, all are local except for one, based out of Oakland. That’s all we are releasing at this time,” a statement from the Kings read.
Heavy equipment operators are paid about $37 an hour. At 12 hours a day, six days a week, Mayhorn says demolition jobs like this are coveted, and they are not going to local workers.
A spokesperson from the mayor’s office tells FOX40 they are waiting to obtain numbers, but they are fully confident that when they do, the 60 percent will be reflected.