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Arizona (Phoenix): Minority Consultant Guilty of Bribing SBA (dead link)
"A Phoenix consultant who conspired with James Guyer to swing government contracts to
minority-owned businesses was sentenced Monday to five years' probation and fined $10,000.
Lenwood Coleman said he realized he made mistakes in his consulting work and relationship
with the former Arizona district director of the U.S. Small Business
Administration." The Maricopa County NAACP defended Coleman, saying he had been
a strong proponent of minority enterprises and could be a resource to the community.
The Governor's African-American Advisory Council also came to Coleman's defense, saying
Coleman is capable of making significant contributions to the development of minority
enterprises. (The Arizona Republic, 01-12-99, by Jane Larson)
California: Democrats, Minorities Continue Trying to Overturn
Proposition 209 (New Page)
Unlike his Republican predecessor,
Pete Wilson, new Calif. Democratic Gov. Gray Davis is strongly opposed to Proposition 209
which outlawed special treatment in state contracting and employment based on race and
gender. Gov. Davis and his fellow Calif. Democrats continue to find ingenious (if
illegal) ways of circumventing Prop. 209.
But, during the week of July 26,
1999 Davis shocked his minority constituents by vetoing a bill which would have restored
some race and gender quotas! Known as the Polanco Bill, SB 44 would have authorized
state efforts to tailor outreach programs for contracting and employment in order to
increase the numbers of minorities and women applicants.
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Colorado (Denver): Non-Whites and Feds Oppose New
Governor's Race-Blind Policies (02/20/99)
"Black and Hispanic contractors, members of a committee appointed to monitor how the
state spends its money with minority-owned firms, and members of a coalition of women and
minority chambers of commerce said Friday that [new Repbulican] Gov. Bill Owens'
administration is setting a course against [race-based contracting and employment].
"[Republican Gov. Owens director of Colorados Office of Economic
Development, David] Solin was called in to discuss Republican Owens' stance on small
business development by federal officials of the Democratic Clinton administration even
before [Gov. Owen and Mr. Solin] took office in January ." [A little
racial intimidation by the incumbent president and his administration!]
"The U.S. Small Business Administration has [illegally] withheld about $500,000 from
a total $1 million in 1999 funding for the state's Small Business Development Centers
because of issues that could affect certification of Colorado's SBDC program. The SBA's
primary concern is the political appointment of the state director of the development
centers; in most other state it's a civil service position." [Presumably a
political appointee, loyal to the popularly elected Republican Governor Owens, would be
less responsive to White House pressure to practice racial quotas and preferences.
Therefore, the feds presume they have the right to withhold federal funds unless the
designated appointee, Mr. David Solin, commits to supporting the feds constitutionally
questionable racial contracting goals. Fortunately for us, Mr. Solin has thus far
refused to commit to the White House's racial quota program.] (Denver Post,
02/20/99, by Robert Schwab)
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