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Believe it or not, deep-blue California rejects affirmative action, upholds ban on considering race in hiring, college admissions

It might be hard to fathom in California — where close to half (46.3%) of all registered voters are Democrats as opposed to just 24% of voters registered as Republicans — but voters on Election Day rejected affirmative action, the Fresno Bee reported.

What are the details?

Proposition 16 — which aimed to repeal Proposition 209, a 1996 ban on considering race and gender in public hiring, college admissions, and contracting — was soundly defeated: It was failing 56% to 44% as votes were still being counted, the paper said.

Proposition 209 barred the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any person or group based on race, sex, ethnicity, or nationality, the Bee noted.

And it isn’t as though the “Yes on 16” campaign was short on cash. The paper — citing campaign finance records — said the campaign raised more than $16 million between January and October while the “Californians for Equal Rights, No on Proposition 16” campaign raised a comparatively paltry $1.5 million.

Arnold Steinberg, a strategist with the “No” campaign, declared victory Tuesday night, the Bee said.

“We faced a daunting uphill battle against an initiative put on the ballot at the last minute by the state Legislature,” Steinberg, who worked as a Proposition 209 strategist, told the paper. “In a state hardly seen as conservative, voters rejected a repeal of the state constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment by race.”

Why did Proposition 16 fail?

Lawmakers and advocates told the Bee public opinion groundwork was insufficient to win over hearts and minds for Proposition 16, particularly on a ballot dominated by the presidential election.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and state Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, both Democrats, argued
Proposition 16 would create equal footing among Latinos and blacks and increase racial and gender representation in higher education and in the public workforce, the paper said.

“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a chance to explain it to more voters, but we’re hopeful that justice works out,” Gonzalez said on Tuesday night, the Bee reported.

More from the paper:

Former University of California Regent
Ward Connerly, the lead advocate for Proposition 209, helped lead the campaign against the effort to overturn it.

He and other opponents called Proposition 16 divisive and discriminatory and argued that diverse communities in California have already made strides in representation since its ban.

In July, for instance, the University of California system announced a
record number of incoming Latino freshmen admitted to the fall 2020 semester, surpassing Asian American students for the first time.

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NBC News chief announces new affirmative action goals for workforce

The chairman of NBC Universal News Group announced new affirmative action goals Tuesday for hiring at the corporation, aiming for a workforce comprised of 50% women and 50% people of color.

What are the details?

A New York Times media columnist posted an internal email from NBC News chief Cesar Conde on Twitter, wherein Conde explains to employees that the network would be formulating an action plan to achieve the goal of making “50% of our New organization employees be women and 50% of our total workforce be people of color.”

To that, Washington Examiner reporter Joe Simonson replied, “Quotas baby.”

Conde—who oversees NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC—did not spell out a specific timeline for executing the new affirmative action goals, but asked employees to provide feedback over the next 100 days to “collectively decide on the key metrics to track (the organization’s) progress.”

According to The Wrap, NBC does not have far to go in meeting its mission when it comes to gender. The outlet reported:

Nearly half of the news division’s 3,000 employees are women, Conde said in a video message accompanying a memo to staff, while 26.5% are people of color—among them, 8% are Black, 8% are Hispanic, 8% are Asian, 2% are multiracial and less than 1% are Native American.

An article from U.S. News and World Report from 2017 reported that “men and women of color make up 19 percent of the population each.”

Conde said in his letter to employees that “over the past several weeks we have covered a country reckoning with systemic inequality and the painful consequences of a long history of racial injustice.”

He added, “as a news organization we have a unique responsibility to reflect the country and all of the communities we serve.”

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Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ surge in orders

Amazon announced Monday that it is hoping to hire another 100,000 U.S. employees as the online retailer works to fulfill the “unprecedented” surge in orders it is experiencing as more consumers stay home and shop online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

The Associated Press reported Amazon is seeking workers to fill full-time and part-time positions at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores amid a sharp increase in demand from American consumers who have been encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

The firm, which is the second-largest U.S.-based employer, is also promising a $2 an hour pay raise for its hourly workers in several countries through the month of April. The company reported that its commitment to the pay increase “represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe and Canada.”

Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network, told the AP, “We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.”

The Hill reported that Amazon signaled over the weekend that the Seattle-based company’s “supply lines were facing stress as a result of the outbreak, leading to delivery delays and items possibly going out of stock.”

“In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories,” the company said in a Sunday blog post. “We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on additional capacity to deliver all of your orders.”

In a separate post announcing its hiring initiative on Monday, Amazon wrote, “We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.”

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