State of California Archives: on Civil Rights


Antonio Villaraigosa: LA's diversity program is "absolutely insufficient"

More than a decade after Los Angeles started trying to sidestep California's affirmative action ban, firms owned by white men won 92 percent of the $2.1 billion in contracts awarded by the city, though they're just 14 percent of the population.

A diversity program in place since 2001 has had little impact because it's rarely enforced, according to critics and city officials. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, elected in 2005, has called it "absolutely insufficient." A compliance scorecard for 2012 detailed how the second-most populous U.S. city fell short of its own goals for bringing female and minority contractors to 22 percent.

The struggle to shake up the status quo in Los Angeles--which has the second-highest share of minority residents of the 10 largest cities, at about 71%--underscores the power of prohibitions against preferences for women and traditional minority groups.

Source: Business Week on 2014 California governor's race May 9, 2013

Julia Brownley: Supports affirmative action

Q: Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Julia Brownley: Supports same-sex domestic partnerships & marriage

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: No.

Q: Should California allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8

"I will not run away from [conservative] values," Ms. Fiorina says, noting that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against higher taxes and voted for Proposition 8 last year, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. On abortion, Ms. Fiorina says she is "proudly pro-life" and a strong opponent of taxpayer funding of abortions.

But her views also carry some nuance. She notes she created a strong program of domestic partner benefits while at HP.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "Reboot California" Nov 30, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Keep gambling commission independent of tribes

Governor Davisí recent announcement offering the lead role in selecting two of the five members of the California Gambling Control Commission to the very gaming tribes the commission is in charge of regulating is unfortunate and misguided. It puts both the commission and the gaming tribes in a very bad position, creating potential questions of conflict and undermining the vital credibility of the commission itself.

The California Gambling Control Commission should be completely independent of any perceived control of the very interests it is supposed to regulate. This is yet another example of Davis putting his own political interest ahead of the public interest. I oppose this decision and I call upon Governor Davis to immediately reconsider and reverse it.

Source: Statement on California Gambling Control Commission Aug 30, 2003

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