Five years ago, Los Angeles agreed to provide $1.6 million in federal funding to help a Chinese-owned company that makes electric vehicles open a new headquarters downtown.
It was one in a string of government contracts and other investments in Build Your Dreams — known as BYD — that were meant to foster green technology and new jobs in Southern California. As part of the deal, BYD was supposed to create scores of jobs and make "good faith efforts" to hire Angelenos.
But the company is now in the crosshairs of labor activists who contend that it has flouted wage rules.
Jobs to Move America, a coalition of labor and community groups, recently...