Public Service Pathway Students Taught the SFPUC a Lesson

“You should listen to what we say. Just because we’re high school students, we still know things,” recommended one of the students from John O’Connell High School. Earlier this week, several dozen students from the Public Service Pathway at John O’Connell High School presented what they learned about the SFPUC’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) and…

A Look Back in History: The SFPUC and Civil Service

Since its establishment by the 1932 City Charter, the SFPUC has enjoyed a national reputation among public utilities for the professionalism of its staff, and as a leading enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco. It has often led the way in expanding equal employment opportunities for women and minorities within San…

Why Impact Matters for the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program

Last week, two common themes emerged from a convening at the SFPUC’s headquarters – how numbers matter and measuring impact. On February 7, over 40 participants from engineering companies, construction management companies, environmental management firms, energy providers, and other professional services firms came together at the Annual Social Impact Partnership Firm Convening. The event was…

Workforce Development Spotlight: Al Smith

For Al Smith, a career in the construction industry never comes too late. As a Laborer apprentice from San Francisco who grew up in Bayview-Hunters Point, Smith is currently working for Western Water, a subcontractor on WW–628 Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) New Headworks Facility – Bruce Flynn Pump Station. “I kind of waited late in…

Capturing History One File at a Time

Imagine getting a glimpse of the history of your neighborhood from original documents. Over the past two years, a unique group of student interns have been sorting through dusty old records and maps to capture and preserve San Francisco history while gaining important skills at the same time.   “Our interns are creating important modern…