Two San Francisco supervisors have proposed legislation that would blacklist construction companies who submit bids for President Trump’s proposed border wall, preventing them from obtaining future contracts with the City.
“It is time to move beyond symbolism and use the power we have as a city to fight for the values we hold most dear,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who proposed the legislation with Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “We are moving beyond symbolic protest and making it clear to companies interested in doing business with San Francisco that we expect those companies to uphold basic principles of compassion and dedication to human rights… Stick to building bridges, not walls.”
Other Bay Area legislators have also taken a firm stand against working with companies who seek to capitalize on the border wall. Peskin and Ronen, joined by Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, held a press conference outside of construction company T.Y. Lin, who have expressed interest in the border wall. T.Y. Lin was responsible for replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge and worked on the seismic retrofitting for five of the underground BART stations in San Francisco and Oakland.
Earlier this week, the Berkeley City Council and the Oakland City Council unanimously passed resolutions that prohibit doing business with companies who submit bids for the border wall project.
Even San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has spoken out against it, “That wall is such a strong symbolism of division in our country that we don’t want to have anything to do with it, including contractors that want to work for the city.”
Ronen and Peskin’s proposed legislation will be discussed at a committee hearing in April.