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‘Ban the Box’ measure before Sacramento City Council

‘Ban the Box’ measure before Sacramento City Council

Sacramento City Council members are being asked to “ban the box” from hiring by city contractors. Ban the Box is a campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-convicts that tries to convince employers to do away with check boxes asking if a job applicant has a criminal record. “Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records,” according to a city staff report. “The premise of the campaign is that anything that makes it harder for ex-offenders to find a job makes it likelier that they will reoffend.” More than 100 cities and counties have adopted similar measures, and the state Legislature adopted a law several years ago that prohibits state agencies, cities and counties from asking about criminal convictions on job applications. The ordinance before the City Council requires city contractors to remove questions about convictions from the initial stages of hiring. The proposed ordinance would apply to contracts of $100,000 or more that require council approval. It would provide an exception for supply contracts and positions that, by law, require criminal background checks. The council meets in its City Hall chambers, 915 I St., Sacramento, at 6 p.m.

49er legend Steve Young to speak at award show

The Positive Coaching Alliance sponsors Jeans & Jerseys, an annual ESPY-style award show to recognize individual and team athletic performance. San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young is among the speakers and philanthropist Phil Oates will be honored at the event, where scholarships will be granted to local student athletes. The event costs $49 and will be held at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St., from 7 to 10 p.m.

Things to do

  • Turn It Up Tuesday is a weekly event at the Art Bistro, 6848 Five Star Blvd. in Rocklin. For $10, participants get a canvas panel, paint and assistance in creating artwork. Food and beverages are available all night. The event runs from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • The Firehouse Restaurant, 1112 Second St., offers a weekly wine-tasting event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. led by sommelier Mario Ortiz. The cost is $15.
  • The Sacramento River Cats host the Reno Aces at Raley Field at 7:05 p.m.
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