Assemblymember Medina Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency of Warehouse Developments

Friday, April 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Moreno Valley, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) held a press conference to discuss the need for transparency of tax payer-funded subsidies for warehouse developments. The Assemblymember was joined by local elected officials, labor organizations, and community leaders to urge support for AB 2853, which will increase public transparency before approving an economic development subsidy for warehouse distribution centers.

“Development of warehouses in the Inland Empire has grown tremendously, in large part due to the subsidies provided by local government. Yet, research is showing that warehouses aren’t benefiting the local communities they are built in,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “Government needs to be smart when using our limited funds. My bill will increase transparency so that decisions made improve the lives of the public.”

“If cities are going to spend millions in taxpayer dollars to bring these jobs to their communities, at the very least there should be some assurances that workers will be paid a living wage and have adequate safety protections,” said Hector Saldivar, Southern California political director at the California Labor Federation. “AB 2853 simply shines a light on the quality of jobs for which taxpayers are footing the bill. It’s common-sense legislation that’s good for workers, taxpayers and our communities.”

"The goods movement sector serves global corporations like Walmart and Amazon, which make massive profits but often employ workers at low wages with no job security, noted Sheheryar Kaoosji, co-executive director of Warehouse Worker Resource Center. “The least we can ask is if such employers are receiving subsidies, they should be accountable to their local communities to disclose whether they are creating good, permanent jobs that pay a living wage."