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.
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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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.
Company-Specific Report Cards
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- Southern California Edison
- Southern California Gas Company
Cable and Telephone
- California American Water
- California Water Service
- Golden State Water
- Park Water Company and Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company
- San Gabriel Valley Water Company
- San Jose Water Company
- Suburban Water Systems
*For information on how grades were assigned, please read page 11 on the full report.
Section 342 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act created Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWIs) in the nation’s top financial regulatory agencies, hoping to ensure that these agencies better represent and connect diversity to beneficial policy outcomes for communities of color. Greenlining analyzed the latest data from the agencies to evaluate their progress on racial/ethnic workforce and vendor diversity from 2013-2015.
To read the issue brief, click here.
Despite a congressional mandate to pay more attention to diversity within federal financial regulatory agencies, Greenlining found that these agencies generally lack diversity at executive and upper management levels and often lack the systems needed to track progress.
Greenlining examined 2014 data from eight agencies that oversee banking and financial businesses. Key findings include:
- On average, the eight agencies that submitted data employed 33.52 percent people of color, consistent with the U.S. civilian and financial sector labor forces. Some agencies improved their overall diversity since Greenlining’s last analysis in 2011.
- Upper level management in the agencies, however, showed much less diversity, with people of color making up only 17.76 of executive management.
- People of color were also severely underrepresented in jobs deemed “mission critical,” such as attorneys and economists. Latinos were most severely underrepresented, making up just 3.49 percent of the mission critical workforce.
- Contracting with minority-owned vendors by the agencies varied dramatically from agency to agency, from just 2.6 percent of total contracts up to 36 percent, with an average of 17.61 percent.
- To make progress, the agencies need to focus consciously on diversity with strategic plans, analysis of barriers to diverse hiring, and better data – particularly on the diversity of contractors.
Undocumented boys and men of color live in fear every day, with discrimination and worries about deportation often dominating their interactions with the health care system. Greenlining conducted in-depth interviews with undocumented youth and young adults across California in order to go beyond statistics and illuminate the lives of young men who often serve as pillars of their families while enduring daily struggles. In addition to documenting the human stories of these young immigrants, the report makes concrete recommendations to policymakers.
Greenlining’s analysis finds that major Central Valley hospital systems fail to report essential data that is needed in order to understand whether they truly earn the extensive tax breaks they get as not-for-profit institutions. These large hospitals spent only 0.32 percent of their operating budgets on “upstream” programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations in the communities they serve.
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Greenlining and the Urban Strategies Council analyzed 2013 federal home mortgage data for California, with an in-depth focus on the cities of Fresno, Long Beach and Oakland. The analysis revealed a shockingly low level of lending to African American and Hispanic/Latino borrowers, both statewide and in the three cities, with Oakland having by far the lowest rates of mortgage applications and loan originations.
Something amazing is happening in California: we’re charging polluters for the damage they cause and using that money to clean the air, save families money and bring investments and jobs to communities that need them.
To evaluate initial success of this program in assisting underserved communities, The Greenlining Institute examined 10 projects: nine already funded and one that is eligible for funding. These case studies provide an early snapshot of the Fund’s impact and suggest ways the program might be improved.
Cities in case studies:
- San Joaquin Valley
- Salinas Valley, Central Valley, Imperial County
- Montclair (San Bernardino County)
- Los Angeles
- National City (San Diego County)
These projects alone will provide:
- over 2,000 solar power systems for low-income families generating nearly six megawatts of clean power
- plant 2,250 trees in disadvantaged communities
- provide 252 homes permanently-affordable to lower income households
- create over 400 jobs
- replace 600 old, highly polluting cars and trucks with clean electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion can leverage diversity to reform the financial sector. Greenlining’s fact sheet analyzes how congressional support and improved metrics will drive this outcome.
To read the fact sheet, click here.