City officials say a new hiring program should create 14 long-term and several hundred short-term construction jobs, reports the Pasadena Star-News.
The City Council last week amended the 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan to create a "special economic development program" to assist businesses and developers in creating new jobs "for low and moderate income persons."
The article goes on to say that the city will use up to $480,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds. City Manager Julio Fuentes told the Star-News that it would could create hundreds of jobs and that "in today's economy, construction jobs are extremely valuable."
Eric Sunada, a contributor to the Alhambra Source and creator of the San Gabriel Valley Oversight Group, asks whether the city needs more low-income jobs and retail development, and says that it is impossible to ensure that new businesses will create new jobs.