You may remember that in September we took the City of San Diego to task for its shocking record of contracting with people of color, as revealed in the CAPER report to HUD. We were back at the City Council on October 23rd on a fresh contracting issue.
The City of San Diego gives very nearly all of its construction business to firms owned by white men, firms that often do not even employ significant numbers of African-Americans and other ethnicities. The NAACP San Diego tried to delay the awarding of this $100M water and wastewater contract until the firms involved could be queried on their inclusion plans.
Our voice was joined by Brother Hameed of the National Black Contractor’s Association:
Councilmember Alvarez even read part of our letter to urge adoption of one of its provisions:
In the end, we were unsuccessful in achieving a delay:
However, City Engineer James Nagelvoort is facilitating a meeting between the NAACP, the Black Contractor’s Association, the National Association of Minority Contractors, and the five firms in question. We hope the talks are productive.
We could be more active in these areas of labor and economic equity if NAACP members with relevant expertise and passion would come out to work on our Labor and Economic Development committees. Please come to our General Membership Meeting on November 2nd, or write us at [email protected] and volunteer to help us with this important work!
Full text of our letter to the Council follows: