East Palo Alto “first source hiring policy” ordinance since 2001
requiring companies put in a “good-faith effort” to hire locally.
Amazon hires cloud-services unit, Amazon web services, and “other teams.”
requested a variance on first source hiring.
Four Seasons requires “high-level of customer service,” & English proficiency.
McDonald’s hires workers.
Home Depot, ibidem.
Ruben Abrica, city council member, East Palo Alto.
Greg Schrock, associate professor of urban studies and planning, Portland State University
quoted for color, background & verisimiliitude.
<paraphased>Such policies tend to better cater to jobs in retail, manufacturing and construction.</paraphased>
with the map of the region
provided for the benefit of the home town audience, back in New York.
with estimated household income levels
provided to slake the sullen anger at the petit bourgeoise amongst them.
tl;dr → Divided by immigration recency, as characterized by the proxy of observable regional origin & named by their race, those doing well in the system want more of it; those not succeeding want a different system. School district administrators try to <quote>avoid becoming another Palo Alto</quote>. The stewards & stakeholders debate the pros & cons, with emotion & emphasis in public spheres as school policy is modified in situ.
tl;dr → Beltway reporter breezes into town, weaves a discursive tale alternating between one person’s heartwrenching slow-moving personal disaster and in-town social policy. Eats, shoots, leaves. Dripping with the sanctimony of the age, and with helpful animated interactive HTML5 maps of the area for the East Coast audience who won’t understand what “east side of the city” means, oriented against the mute totemic icons for the campuses of Google, Microsoft, Stanford.
tl;dr → 8900 words; big-name writer breezes in from New York, stays with friends in San Mateo; recites the material, does some interviews, off-site interview with a survivor of the milieu; eats, shoots, leaves. No new information. Graphic descriptions of street-level Caltrain for sound & mood; graphic expandable pictures of the grieving parents. Tour of the bestsellers. Not helpful. Generalized schadenfreude.