LACMTA is certainly making history with record number of billion dollar constructions projects, happening simultaneously, around LA County. The Crenshaw/LAX rail, the LAX connector and today the Metro board announced $1.6 billion to extend the Purple Line.
African-American contractors have been crying foul, so have African-American owned newspapers, who are left out of the lucrative contracts. The ‘trickle down’ theory has mysteriously bypassed African-American firms. You rarely see advertisements in African-American owned newspapers, or blogs, that promote the projects. With the African-American press not awarded contracts for marketing and outreach efforts, it is nearly impossible to get any information from regular construction meetings, since the African-American doesn’t attend.
Two of the three above projects are occurring in predominantly minority neighborhoods so why aren’t minority businesses getting work?
With upwards of $5 billion being doled out, who is ensuring hiring mandates are met as outlined by LACMTA?
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