December 16th, 2009 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall

City Contracts: Portland To Require Minority Participation

Randy Leonard/Mandels

This morning City Council unanimously approved a resolution that calls on city bureaus to “include at least one minority evaluator provided by the Alliance of Minority Chambers on all contractor evaluation and selection panels awarding City contracts.”

Roy Jay, president of the Alliance of Minority Chambers, worked with Commissioner Randy Leonard to introduce the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Mayor Sam Adams. "This demonstrates that Portland's political and business leadership want to be inclusive, rather than exclusive,” Jay said in a press release announcing the new rule.

Irwin and Lili Mandel, council-chamber regulars, applauded the effort this morning. And Irwin Mandel (pictured above with his wife of 59 years, and Leonard) offered particularly vivid testimony, saying that when he and his wife moved from New York City to Portland 16 1/2 years ago Portland was a "honkyville."

This inspired laughter in the typically staid chambers. "We will never be as proud to live in Portland as when this resolution passes," Irwin Mandel said.

Roy Jay/Mandels

Photo of the Mandels with Roy Jay and Juanita Head-Walton
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