Public Comment to the East Bay Regional Planning Unit Regarding Its 2017-2020 Regional Strategic Plan

The Greenlining Institute submitted a written public comment urging the East Bay Regional Planning Unit to further advance racial equity in their regional strategic plan. Recommendations include guaranteeing comprehensive support services for immigrant and reentry population, disaggregating outcome data, and getting local community based organizations more involved in the workforce development training/programs.

Read the comment here.

Public Comment to the Alameda County Workforce Development Board Regarding Its 2017-2020 Local Strategic Plan

The Greenlining Institute submitted a written public comment urging the Alameda County Workforce Development Board to further advance racial equity in their local strategic plan. Recommendations include guaranteeing comprehensive support services for immigrant and reentry population, disaggregating outcome data, and getting local community based organizations more involved in the workforce development training/programs.

Read the comment here.

Public Comment to California Redistricting Commission Concerning Staffing & Community Outreach Decisions

Dear Commissioners:

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.

Staffing 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:

Public Comment Letter to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation Group

Greenlining joined advocates in writing a letter to the California Workforce Development Board and the WIOA Implementation Group conveying our public comment for the WIOA state plan. Our recommendations called for greater accountability and equity in the allocation of workforce development resources, particularly for boys and men of color.

To read the letter, click here.

Public Comment at CA Department of Insurance Hearing regarding Aetna/Humana Merger

Anthony Galace, Health Equity Director, expresses Greenlining’s opposition to the proposed merger between Aetna and Humana. Greenlining’s primary concerns regarding this merger center on the lack diversity and inclusion measure that address the needs of communities of color.

To read the comment, click here.

Protest to Proposed Merger of Level 3 and CenturyLink

Level 3 and CenturyLink are “middle mile” broadband providers.  Broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast contract with middle mile providers to deliver Internet traffic across the country or internationally.  Level 3 and Centurylink have asked the CPUC to approve a merger of the two companies.  This Protest explains Greenlining’s objections to the merger, such as the merger resulting in less broadband investment and reducing competition.
Read the comments here.

Protest to Merger Application of Comcast and Time Warner

Comcast and Time Warner have asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve a proposed merger between the two companies. Greenlining’s Protest asks the California Public Utilities Commission to either deny the request or conduct further investigation to ensure that the proposed transaction is in the public interest.

To read the protest, click here.

Promoting Diversity of FHFA Leadership

On August 25, 2014, the Greenlining Institute submitted federal comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on its proposed amendments to promote the representation of minorities and women on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLB) and Office of Finance (OF). The proposal and its execution is led by the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion for the FHFA’s, FHLB and OF. Greenlining’s outlined recommendations including streamlining data requested and making all information available to the public. Adopting these recommendations can help the FHFA greatly improve its intended impact.

To read the comments, click here.

Promoting Diversity and Reform on the Fed

In an open letter, Greenlining outlined concerns about the lack of diversity on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (among other regulatory bodies) and called on President Obama to select diverse candidates for the Fed who are truly reform-minded. Greenlining emphasized that the success of our economy hinges on the success of communities of color, making it imperative that we have leaders in the financial regulatory sector who reflect the diversity of our country.

To read the letter, click here.