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(Cincinnati): More Stadium
Minority Set-Aside News (02/06/99)
"Within the last week, two groups have organized to become watchdogs for minority
contractors dissatisfied with the amount of contracts minorities are [being guaranteed] on
the Bentglas stadium and Fort Washington Way project."
Stacy Smith, who has an interest in a "disadvantaged woman owned business" in
the area helped organize the meeting of 30 minority businesses. She apparently did
not invite any white male business owners. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ms.
Smith said "We need to come together as a group to work toward getting the contracts
that are due minorities and women" as racial and gender set-asides.
"[However, Ms. Smith and other quota supporters are working against] a ruling by U.S.
District Judge James Graham that minority set-asides were unconstitutional..."
"U.S. Magistrate David Perelman of Cleveland ruled in a separate case that anyone who
tried to enforce minority set-asides would be in violation of the U.S. Constitution."
But quota supporters keep trying to guarantee their set-asides, at the expense of
competive bids from firms owned by white males. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 02/06/99, by
Minority Watchdog Leaves; Proud of Set-Asides (01/25/99)
With $219 million in contracts awarded for the new Bengals stadium, companies owned
by women and minorities have received race-based contracts equalling about 7 percent of
the work, and white-owned firms have been specifically excluded from this 7% of the work,
new Hamilton County figures show.
"The $16.4 million in contracts awarded to firms owned by women or minorities is an
increase over figures reported in December, when 6 percent of the contracts awarded had
gone to such firms." No similar figures are offered by Hamilton County about
white-owned firms increase or decrease in business.
" 'We are particularly proud of the work force,' Hamilton County Commissioner
Bob Bedinghaus said" [apparently meaning the subcontract guarantees and gifts to
minorities and women-owned businesses]. " 'The county will continue to work on
attracting minority- and female-owned companies on this project.' " Bob failed
to mention any similar effort at attracting white-owned businesses to the project.
Johnathan Holifield, an officer with the Cincinnati NAACP, said that these racial
set-asides and guarnatees show "there are opportunities for employment on
these massive public works projects" meaning his minority consituency looks forward
to continuing to enjoy racial set-asides from the project funded by taxpayers. Mr.
Holifield went on to say that the NAACP is not satisfied with only 7 percent of the
project being reserved exclusively for contractors of the right color. He would prefer
that the figure be 15% or higher. "Mr. Holifield said the group is confident
the African American Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton County will be able to work together
to improve those numbers," implying the threat of racial boycotts, political trouble,
and racial unrest if these set-aside demands are not met. (Based on Cincinnati
Enquirer, 01/25/99, by Lucy May)
set-aside plans on hold
Legal challenges to Cincinnati's racially preferential contracting policies have caused
the city to put these programs "on hold" for 90 days or more while the City
Council tries to figure out if it should obey the Constitutional protections against such
racism, or if it should proceed with racist set asides to preferred minority
contractors. (Cincinnati Enquirer 11/13/98)
and County Spat - Which Contracts with MORE Minorities?
Cincinnati officials engage in
p***ing contest with Hamilton County over which one contracts with the most minorities.
Lots of press coverage but there is NO mention of contractor qualifications or
competence in the entire debate! I know who I'd pick to build my new highway,
stadium, or county building, don't you? (Cincinnati Enquirer 10/27/98)
(Cincinnati): Ohio Contractors
Association Settles Reverse Discrimination Suit (dead link)
Cincinnati wanted 30% of its contracts to be illegally set-aside for minorities. The
Contractors Association sued the City for reverse discrimination. Cincinnati settles
for 5% racial set-asides. Still too much, but its a start! (Cincinnati Post,
[former link **http://www.cincypost.com/news/ftwash072398.html]
Ohio (Cleveland): Federal Court Voids
Ohio's Set-Aside Law (06/02/00)
"An Ohio law that channels 5 percent of the state's construction contracts to
minority-owned firms was nullified yesterday by a federal court that ruled the 1980 law
racially discriminates against businesses controlled by whites.
"State building contracts include prisons, colleges, hospitals and highways. They are
worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year. State officials adopted the set-aside law
in 1980, in an effort to redress prior years of prejudice against minority businesses.
"But the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Ohio had been unable
to come up with convincing proof that such racial bias actually existed in the past. The
court set aside the law, declaring state officials fell far short of proving Ohio had ever
intentionally excluded anyone from sharing in its lucrative construction programs.
"A three-judge panel also said it found a major loophole in the law: Recent
immigrants from Asia were eligible even though they had not been in Ohio long enough to
suffer from discriminatory practices in the building trades.
"U.S. Circuit Judge Danny J. Boggs, who wrote yesterday's decision, disparaged the
state's attempt to produce evidence of prior discrimination as worthless. "The
deficiencies of the data are glaringly clear," Boggs said. "Much of it is
severely limited in scope or is irrelevant to this case."
"The Associated General Contractors of Ohio, a construction trade group, challenged
the law after $10 million of a $50 million Toledo prison project was earmarked
specificially for minority firms. The trade group objected, arguing that its members had
been barred on racial grounds from seeking state work. Meanwhile, minority firms were free
to bid on the $10 million set-aside as well as the other $40 million budgeted to build the
new Toledo penitentiary, the trade group said.
"At last count, there were about 1,180 minority-owned firms officially certified by
the state Department of Administrative Services, which handles all Ohio
contracts." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Friday 06/02/00 by Bill Sloat)
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Pittsburgh's Corrupt Racial Quota Stadium Contracts
Report: Pittsburgh's racial
quota programs are in trouble. For the past 18 months city leaders, the FBI, and
even the NAACP have gone on record condemning the corruption and racial cronyism these
programs have encouraged. Pittsburgh's program encourages contractors to mis-report
their race or skin color in order to qualify for racially-sensitive contracting
opportunities. Adversity.Net has collected the major news stories regarding
Pittsburgh's discriminatory racial and gender quota contracts programs.
Guarantee for Minority Set-Asides on Stadiums (01/26/99)
Pennsylvania quota-mongers were beside themselves in announcing an unholy coalition to
guarantee contract set-asides for minority businesses pertaining to any stadium
construction in this state. The gleeful officials failed to mention the
constitutional violations involved in denying any portion of this work to 'white-owned
"State Rep. William Robinson has drawn support from two minority groups for his
efforts to ensure that blacks get a share of the work on any new stadium construction in
Pennsylvania. Last night, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western
Pennsylvania and the National Association of Minority Contractors/Black Contractors
Association said they were backing Robinson's legislation, which would mandate that blacks
be hired for a portion of the work.
" 'This is an opportunity for African-American businesses and professionals,'
said Doris Carson Williams, president of the commerce organization. 'In the previous
Renaissance, African-Americans weren't chosen [to participate] to full capacity. This
time, we're looking for more of a role for women and minorities.' "
"Robinson, D-Hill District, and state Rep. Andrew Carn, D-Philadelphia, are
co-sponsoring a package of bills that would attach minority hiring requirements to any
state money for new stadiums. At least $150 million in state funds are being sought for
the two Pittsburgh stadiums." (Post-Gazette, 01/26/99, by Ervin Dyer)
(Philadelphia): Philly Minorities
Extort Racial Guarantees on Stadiums (02/07/99)
"With stadium construction nearing reality for the Phillies and Eagles, calls
rose yesterday for minority residents of Philadelphia to battle for a fair share of the
spoils. 'Organize, organize, organize!' implored City Councilman Angel Ortiz.
[Meaning: Extort, extort, extort!]
"At a forum sponsored by state Rep. Andrew Carn, a Philadelphia Democrat who has been
a vociferous critic of public funding for the sports arenas, organizers began mapping
plans to ensure that many of the thousands of jobs expected to be generated by the
projects go to minority contractors and workers.
" 'I would hope the Phillies and Eagles see the benefit of including everyone [but
especially minorities and women],' Carn said. 'But given the circumstances, I
think we have to force inclusion [meaning racial contracting guarantees], and use our
political strength and muscle to make that happen [i.e., to extort racial set-asides out
of these people].'
"Carn -- one of only three Democrats who voted Wednesday against providing $320
million for building Pittsburgh and Philadelphia new baseball and football stadiums --
urged citizens to pressure Philadelphia mayoral candidates, City Council members, building
trades officials, and the teams themselves [into guaranteeing set-asides for minority and
women contractors]." (Philadelphia Inquirer, 02/07/99, by Howard Goodman)
Rhode Island (Providence): Shopping Mall NOT Being Built by Correct Racial Mix! (no link)
Providence City Council and the Racial Enforcement Board (i.e., the "Minority
Business Enterprise Office") are upset that the builder of the Providence Place Mall
doesn't have the right races of workers building the place. City threatens to revoke
tax breaks for the mall. One point of contention is that only 2.6% of the contracts
and subcontracts had been awarded to "women-owned" construction firms. How
many women-owned construction firms do YOU know? (Providence Journal, Associated
Press, via MSNBC 9/24/98; link no longer available)
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