Eva Knott 7:03 p.m., May 17
Officials in Escondido will consider making some changes to a city ordinance that requires all private companies with city contracts to check their employee's immigration status. Instead of requiring businesses use E-Verify, public officials will "strongly encourage" using the online verification system.
The change comes nearly one month after Governor Jerry Brown signed the Employment Acceleration Act, a law that prohibits government entities from forcing private contractors to check for undocumented workers online.
In March, Escondido city councilmembers approved a resolution mandating the use of E-Verify, making it the first city in San Diego County to require businesses screen employees as a condition of receiving government work.
On Wednesday that will change.
"Beginning on January 2012, Escondido may no longer require contractors that do business with the City to utilize E-Verify...the City will now strongly encourage all contractors to utilize E-Verify," reads a city staff report.
The City, however, does not plan to stop using the program on all new city employees.