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More than 1,200 tradeswomen descended on Los Angeles in May for the 5th Annual Women Building the Nation conference. The crowd was electric and spirits were high as women (and men) from across the nation, and even a few from outside it, came together in camaraderie and solidarity to celebrate their careers in the trades.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, along with the San Mateo County Building Trades Council, hosted a series of meetings with Bay Area legislators in Sacramento April 14. Representatives from the building trades and public and private sector unions asked State Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers Phil Ting, David Chiu, Rich Gordon and Kevin Mullin to support a series of labor-backed bills.

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While San Francisco residents get high quality drinking water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite and other reservoirs, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is now initiating projects to diversify the city’s water supply. The SFPUC aims to protect customers from service disruptions caused by a major earthquake, drought, or a decline in the Sierra snowpack by supplementing the primary water sources with local groundwater.

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Plans to develop a housing complex at Mission and 16th streets are moving forward, as San Francisco-based developer Maximus Real Estate Partners continues community outreach efforts to build support in the Mission neighborhoods.

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The San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council delegates voted last month to endorse Julie Christensen for election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November.

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Some art is made. San Francisco native and contemporary sculptor Richard Serra’s is constructed – literally.

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Construction of the first group of new homes for Lennar’s Shipyard project at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been finished and all 83 of the units have been sold. Jermaine Smith, Site Development Manager for Lennar, gave Organized Labor a tour of the development in early March. Smith said the new townhouse units in the Block 51 section of the project’s Hilltop neighborhood will be ready for occupancy in mid-April.

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A new partnership between the City of San Francisco and the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency will fund the rehabilitation work of potentially more than 4,500 public housing units. Mayor Ed Lee and HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced on Feb. 19 an agreement for a $1.4 billion transformation plan for San Francisco’s public housing system that will allow the city to leverage approximately $780 million in investor equity and other new resources and allow for the rehabilitation of up to 4,584 public housing units for 5,400 low-income San Franciscans.

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Construction of the replacement hospital for the California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s Campus at Cesar Chavez and Guerrero streets is progressing as scheduled. A partnership formed by Herrero Builders and The Boldt Company is acting as the general contractor for Sutter’s CPMC hospitals at the intersection of Van Ness Ave. and Geary Blvd. as well as at St. Luke’s. Construction of the two new hospitals will cost $2 billion and employ up to 1,500 workers in the construction trades over the life of the project.

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