Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bay State Banner calls for Menino to retire

The Bay State Banner in a strongly worded editorial today calls for Mayor Menino to retire while he is on top.

In particular they point out in his 16 years in office he has never appointed a black male to a position of power. As I wrote about last week it is clear that the Mayor is not open to people in positions of power looking like the racial makeup of the City. In the Mayor's budget presentation to the City Council there were 31 non-city councilors in the room. They were the VIP's in Menino's government from the police chief, to the head of public health, the budget director for the school department, etc. Of these in the room only 6% were minorities clearly not a reflection of the city which is essentially 50% minority.

My administration will mirror the City of Boston and we will find qualified people that give the people faith that the City is moving forward into the 21st century as an open, multi cultural society that truly is a world class and world welcoming city.

1 comment:

snsh said...

In 2006, Menino did appoint Manual J. Rivera (who happens to be a black male) to be superintendent of BPS. It fell through (for reasons that are worth discussing), but still Menino did offer him the job.

Still, more important than recruiting minority employees, is recruiting qualified employees.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/01/25/rivera_stuns_mayor_wont_take_post_as_school_chief/