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Huge Racial and Gender Disparity in BART's Contracts; More on 4/9/09 Board Meeting...
sf.streetsblog / Matthew Roth
While African Americans make up 8.01 percent of available construction contractors, they were only awarded 0.28 percent of contract dollars; Asian Americans 10.98 percent availability, 0.30 percent awarded, Hispanic Americans 8.08 percent availability, 0.79 percent awarded, Caucasian Females 6.87 percent availability, 3.11 percent awarded, and Caucasian Males 65.71 availability, 95.32 percent awarded.... BART Director James Fang criticized the study.... Fang said he couldn't endorse the recommendations of the study if it failed to include procurement and to more completely analyze services, despite warnings from staff that any delay on endorsing the study's recommendations for racial and gender screening would mean that projects like the Oakland Airport Connector would go to bid without the higher standard. A member of the public became so enraged with Director Fang he suggested Fang "should be taken out back and beaten with a rose bush...."

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