The program encourages minorities-owned and women-owned business enterprises to participate in City contracts by establishing special procurement goals for each contract type for each contract type. SMBR sets MBE/WBE & DBE contracting goals in the areas of construction, professional services, commodities, and non-professional services.
To ensure that only bona fide MBE, WBE or DBE businesses participate in the program, SMBR has a comprehensive certification program. Only those businesses determined to be owned and controlled by minorities or women who are socially and economically disadvantaged individuals are certified. A firm designated as an MBE, WBE, or DBE will have its name appear in the vendor availability list. This document is made available to prime contractors and other procurement entities such as Travis County and Austin Independent School District.
"Lino Rivera, director of the city's Small and Minority Business Resources office, has been reassigned pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into alleged bid-rigging and other contract irregularities..."
"...a federal search warrant leaked to the media last week alleges that Rivera pressured contractors on behalf of several Hispanic-owned subcontractors. The warrant sought to seize Rivera's correspondence with several vendors..."
"While SMBR does not award contracts directly, it has an important role in deciding who gets city business, and since its inception (long before Rivera took it over), it has been a politically volatile city program. Among the routinely disgruntled have been African-American contractors, who question why the city has not been able to meet the quite modest goals for black participation set forth in the 1997 ordinance and who have before raised suspicions about SMBR's fairness."
The Construction Resource Center provides minority-owned construction companies access to bid opportunities, blue prints, work specifications and graphic printing equipment, including an iSquareFoot printer -- in addition to one-on-one assistance with the bidding process.
A Pentagon affirmative action program that benefits contracting companies owned by racial minorities has been declared unconstitutional. The decision was issued Nov. 4 — Election Day — so it hasn't received much attention. But the decision could mean the end of similar programs at all levels of government.
I think that Reich was attempting to say that the stimulus money should be spread around to OTHER groups and not only "White Male Construction Workers". It was bad wording on his part, but I doubt it was reverse racism.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Originally posted by WISHADOW
White male construction workers were in the same boat as minorities are in today. They usually end up being homeless alcoholics and drug abusers that dropped out of high school. Juveniles and convicts. Prison boys. And in todays world making way too much money for the work in which they are supposed to be conducting. Most of them are slackers. They slack around the job sites pretending their work is valor. Often times you might find them drinking beer and smoking on site. Not much to call work. I'm all for barring stimulus money to these white male construction workers.
My husband graduated high school and the went into the Marines, and served in Vietnam,
After he came home he worked for the state, then drove a semi, now the last 25 years he has been a carpenter,
and he is not a slacker, nor does he drink.
Plus he works hard for what little pay he gets,
Originally posted by skibtz
What a crack of arse!
The sound and the video are not even on the same planet!
It's a bit like playing the Death Star battle scene at the end of Star Wars over a video of the weather bulletin with random on-screen messages telling everyone the planet is being attacked by aliens from outer space!
Before anyone starts believing this can the OP or someone please post an official transcript of the event (do they do this?) or at least provide a video where the sound and video match up precisely.
This current video is proof of nothing and begs the question: why has it taken 14 days for it to be released?
Plenty of time for some dodgy editing IMO