First, the set-up:
Hundreds attend job fair at Mt. Shasta Mall; public, private employers present
The Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding was busier than usual Tuesday as shoppers were surrounded by hundreds of people armed with resumes for a job fair featuring some 40 employers.
The center court of the mall was packed with those seeking applications, introductions and more information on the various private and public-sector jobs at the fair.
And now the punch line: People need jobs you say? How about some in a burgeoning tech field?
Redding council split on commercial drone testing
Redding’s 2-2 deadlocked vote Tuesday night may have said no to entering the crowded bidding for commercial drone testing at the airport.
Mayor Rick Bosetti tried to allay a restless crowd’s concerns about the use of the technology. He told them six sites will be selected. There is a potential to bring jobs, and the region would have the chance on the front end to sit at the table and set regulations.
Vice Mayor Patrick Jones and Councilor Gary Cadd, backed by a tea party audience that turned out in numbers, said they still had questions about the pilotless aircraft market and opposed the move. Council member Missy McArthur was absent.
Cadd was adamant in his opposition, saying that he had considered the job boon the potentially lucrative industry would create, but their potential use in surveillance activities scared him.
“They are jobs, but where do you draw the line on the jobs that are liable to turn around and bite us,” he said.
Have fun staying an economic backwater.