State of Gentrification: Lending to People of Color in California

The Greenlining Institute and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition analyzed California home mortgage data and found that the numbers paint “a statistical portrait of gentrification.” The analysis, based on data collected by federal regulators for mortgages issued in 2015, shows a number of other concerning patterns, including continuing racial disparities and a startling rise in the role of non-bank lenders. Researchers reviewed statewide data as well as local statistics for Long Beach, Oakland and Fresno, and make recommendations for policy changes and further research.

Breaking Down Barriers for Women Physicians of Color

Women of color are severely underrepresented among U.S. physicians and face serious barriers to entering medicine and succeeding in the field. The Greenlining Institute and the Artemis Medical Society conducted in-depth interviews with 20 women physicians from California and around the U.S. to better understand the challenges women of color face in trying to enter the medical field. These physicians described a lack of support from high school and college counselors and medical school faculty, as well as instances of discrimination and unequal treatment. The shortage of women of color among U.S. physicians means that millions of Americans of color lack access to culturally competent care from a provider with whom they feel comfortable.

2017 Supplier Diversity Report Card: California’s Public Utilities

California’s utility, telecommunications and water companies spent $6.38 billion on contracts with minority-owned businesses in 2016, but this generally strong performance remained uneven when one looks at individual companies. Pacific Gas and Electric proved to be an industry leader in diverse contracting, while Comcast’s performance remained subpar. For the first time, this year’s report includes figures for spending with LGBT-owned businesses, which totaled over $41 million.

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2016 Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion Issue Brief

Greenlining analyzed the inclusion of people of color in the eight agencies’ workforces and supply chains from 2014-2016. Communities of color currently face an increasingly adversarial federal policy agenda that threatens to roll back critical consumer protections and diversity efforts created since the financial crises. More than ever, we need policymakers with bold leadership to “hold the line” and to advance progressive policies like Section 342.

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Equitable Cannabis Policy

The criminalization of the marijuana plant has had disparate impacts on communities of color in the United States for decades, but despite it still being considered an illegal substance at the federal level, states across the country have been increasingly passing measures to regulate the industry. Because California is projected to be the largest and most profitable market in the country, it is important to consider the equity implications of this industry. In this report, the city of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program is analyzed as a potential model of local equitable cannabis policy for other cities in California.

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Supplier Diversity Report: California’s Insurance Companies Shirk Contracting with Minorities

In the most diverse state in America, the 10 largest insurers do shockingly little business with suppliers owned by people of color.  Insurers buy huge amounts of goods and services in California – over $23 billion in 2014 alone – but Greenlining’s analysis of data reported by the largest firms shows that they did barely over three percent of their contracting with businesses owned by people of color.

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Building a Diverse Health Career Pipeline

Well-designed programs can increase the diversity of California’s health care workforce while helping young people of color overcome high unemployment rates and establish themselves in solid careers. Because of the need for culturally appropriate care and because people of color are underrepresented in health professions, Greenlining conducted extensive interviews with experts in the field and distilled them into a series of recommendations designed to create a pathway into health careers for young people of color.

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Supplier Diversity Report: Banks Still Struggle to Contract with Diverse Businesses

The banks with the largest market share in California do little contracting with businesses owned by people of color and women, Greenlining’s analysis finds. In a review of data from 2014, Greenlining found that these top banks did just 4.42 percent of their contracting with minority-owned businesses and just 2.83 percent with women-owned businesses.

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Delivering Opportunity How Electric Buses and Trucks Can Create Jobs and Improve Public Health in California

Transportation is the largest source of global warming pollution in California, creating nearly 50 percent of the state’s emissions when accounting for production, refining and petroleum use. A growing number of these emissions come from trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, which also generate more particulate matter pollution than all of California’s power plants combined.

The good news is that many types of heavy duty vehicles can be electrified – cutting pollution, combating poverty and reducing climate pollution. This growing industry can also be a source of good jobs – jobs that, with the right policies and training programs, can offer important opportunities to workers from underserved communities. This pollution severely impacts public health, especially in low-income communities and communities of color, who are more likely to live near busy roads and other sources of pollution. Vehicle pollution increases risks of cancer, damages respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and can negatively impact children’s lung development and adult’s reproductive health.

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2016 Supplier Diversity Report Card: California’s Public Utilities

California’s utility and telecommunications companies spent $5.7 billion on contracts with minority-owned businesses (MBEs) in 2015, but this generally strong performance was distinctly uneven. Comcast, for example, did less than 10 percent of its contracting with minority-owned businesses, earning a D- for minority contracting.

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Water

*For information on how grades were assigned, please read page 11 on the full report.