HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR LOCAL WORKERS:
LMI teams up with Urban League, Heartland Coalition, Progressive Environmental Services and Job Corps to address nation's worst environmental disaster
Update June 14: LMI's team of 50 trained local workers have been delayed departing for the Gulf because BP has failed to provide payment for their transportation. Hanson has called for President Obama to set up an escrow fund with BP money to be used to expedite cleanup of the spill.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2010 (San Diego) – “This is an unprecedented oil spill,” Lakeside resident Mark Hanson, chief executive officer of Leadership Management International in San Diego, told a crowd of eager job applicants assembled at Urban League in San Diego yesterday. “Oil is now landing on one of the most pristine coasts in Florida and satellite images show a reddish glob of goop in the ocean that’s the size of several states.”
Hanson, who also heads up Heartland Coalition, publisher of East County Magazine, led the successful effort for LMI to obtain a contract from Progressive Environmental Services (PES) of Virginia to provide hazardous materials training locally and ultimately send hundred of San Diego-area workers to Gulf coast states to assist in cleaning up oil from beaches, coastal wetlands, waterways and wildlife.