California charter cities to pay prevailing wages on public works

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling today upholding a bipartisan law designed to encourage more of California’s charter cities to pay prevailing wages on locally funded construction projects.

SB 7, which took effect in January, only grants charter cities state construction funds if they comply with prevailing wage provisions on all of their public works projects.

The law excludes contracts for projects of $25,000 or less for construction work, or projects of $15,000 or less for alteration, demolition, repair or maintenance work.

A half-dozen cities — El Cajon, Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Fresno and El Centro — filed the lawsuit contesting the law earlier this year.

Wednesday’s ruling — handed down by Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil — is expected to be appealed.

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