AND THEN WE MUST ACT!
For our sidewalk sweeping crew, contracted through SGI [Service Group Inc.], we currently have 2 full-time individuals, both male, one Hispanic, one Caucasian; and one part-time male, African-American. For our bicycle patrol, contracted through Allied Barton Security Services, we have four full-time males, two Caucasian, one African-American and one Hispanic.
This email was received yesterday from Lisa Riggs regarding the contracted employees of the Lancaster Downtown Investment District (DID). Thank you.
As noted in the story immediately below, I was prompted to question the race and ethnicity of their employees, paid with public money, after visiting the Lancaster County Courthouse on Wednesday. This is certainly more representative of the community than what I saw in the Courthouse.
What I saw in the Courthouse is unbelievable and unacceptable and I’m trying to keep my anger in check. Who is responsible and what is going to be done about it? I will be addressing these issues all next week as I also send Right-To-Know requests to the county for each department for the same information Ms. Riggs supplied. I requested the Sheriff’s Department’s breakdown yesterday. I will additionally be sending one to the city for the police department. I will also be sending one to the County Commissioners to obtain the criteria they supply to a contractor to use to select prospective jurors in the county.
I would like to send one for the Lancaster Newspapers but we already know the answer – white only – and they are a privately held company. But they do have to abide by Federal Law and they have been breaking the law for years.
Tomorrow, I’m going to take a further look at the Downtown Development District, which lists Harold Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the Lancaster Newspapers, as being on the Board of Directors (click here). Are their sidewalk sweepers and bicycle “ambassadors” worth $400,000 dollars of your money? Is it mostly to benefit the convention center/hotel?
I’m also going to take a look at the latest in that disaster known as the Convention Center, brought to you by the Lancaster Newspapers and Sunday News editor Marv Adams.
And I’ll take one more look at the recent, outrageous “investigative series” done by Jack Brubaker for the Sunday News on the courts. You’d think he would have noticed after three months of “investigating” in the courthouse that there are no minorities employed there! Maybe it just reminded him of the newsroom at the Lancaster Newspapers and he didn’t give it a thought?
Click here for the 2010 U.S. Census breakdown for the City of Lancaster.