Until now the Greenlining Institute has stayed neutral in the debate on Proposition 16. However, we have conveyed that our position was neither static nor silent. To the contrary, we have communicated to numerous stakeholders in the Proposition 16 debate that Greenlining had many questions that we needed help answenng.
Comcast Corporation, General Electric Company, and NBC Universal (collectively the “Applicant”) are seeking to merge Comcast’s cable and content holdings with NBC Universal’s vast content library and production facilities into a newly formed joint venture. In order to do so, they must receive approval from the FCC for the transfer of various licenses. However, before the FCC may approve the transaction, the Applicants must have met their burden of showing that the transaction serves the public interest. Applicants have not met this burden because they have failed to show that the transaction will promote diversity, localism, and competition.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
A Growing Homeownership and Wealth Gap: Communities of Color More Likely to Be Underwater
The Greenlining Institute thanks the Federal Reserve for this timely review of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Thank you for inviting Greenlining to address this panel on such an important issue. I also want to congratulate our very own Janet Yellen for being nominated to be the Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve. Congratulations Vice Chairman Yellen.
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The Greenlining Institute ‘s Director of Economic Equity gives comments to the Federal Reserve on what has happened to wealth of people of color during the financial crisis and what steps can be taken to help reverse the trend. To read more, please click here.
On September 14, 2010, Greenlining and four other consumer groups wrote to the California Public Utilities Commission to urge the CPUC to quickly take up several issues not yet fully addressed in CPUC proceedings aimed at protecting consumers facing shut off of their utility service. The groups urged the CPUC to address the discrepancies in shut-off rates between different utility companies and between CARE and non-CARE customers, customer outreach and language access issues.
On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will consider two important items that will lay the foundation for its work for the coming months; this includes a staffing plan and a community outreach plan.
In the final months leading to the final selection of all 14 Commissioners, the California Secretary of State’s office stepped into a self-appointed roll of determining staff positions, creating job descriptions, and circulating the job announcement among traditional employment networks. We can all appreciate that the work of the inaugural and newly minted Commission is robust and highly integrated, however, Greenlining believes that the first key role of the Commission is to determine the best structure of the Redistricting California organization, this includes what positions need to be created and their duties.
The influence of another California department without the confirmed authority of the Commission may erode the public’s confidence that the 14 Commissioners are in fact leading the plan for an independent redistricting process. Furthermore, we would expect that the Commission draw from the lessons learned during the recruitment and selection process of the commissioners themselves, and would take all affirmative action to circulate the staff job announcements in such a way that would facilitate the recruitment of California’s best and brightest policy/legal/administrative professional and executive leaders, including those of ethnic and minority background.
We would urge the Commission to consider the following:
- Is the staffing structure currently outlined by the Secretary of State optimal? Are there positions and/or a structure assembled by other Redistricting Commissions that might be beneficial in California?
- Truly embarking on an affirmative effort to identify the best and brightest candidates, going beyond traditional outlets and networks. This is likely to require the retention of a minority-focused executive search firm with extensive networks throughout the state. Continue reading “Public Comment to California Redistricting Commission Concerning Staffing & Community Outreach Decisions”