Help Wanted: Must Have Kid

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, but this one gets my dander up a bit. It seems that there are jobs that are up for grabs in San Francisco, but they are only open to people who have at least one child under the age of 18. Now I understand that it’s difficult when you have extra mouths to feed, but it doesn’t feel right to penalize those who made the decision not to have children. Fortunately, the Mayor of SF, Gavin Newsom, is going to DC to see if this can’t be discussed.

From City Insider:

Newsom said he’s headed to Washington, D.C. next week to lobby House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for an extension of the money and to include people without children. He said he wants to see 2,500 or even more San Franciscans hired, and that the majority of California’s $1.8 billion pot is still sitting waiting to be grabbed by cities since so few are participating.

The other catch to this program is that the $$ is expected to run out in mid-2010, so even if this provides jobs to the city, the jobs will be temporary at best. Still, small employers like the plan since the program pays for 100% of the employee’s salary, although not for their benefits which are required by San Francisco.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for one of these jobs, you can find the information here.

But, at least for now, make sure you have a kid.

I wonder if my cats count. After all, they are my babies.