Caltrans Division of Local Assistance (DLA) DBE Procedure Updates

On September 4, 2020 the DLA office issued Office Bulletin 20-04 to provide several updates to DBE procedures for LAPM Chapter 9 and related exhibits. Click here for a copy of the full bulletin. Key areas updated include the following: LAPM Section 9 9-A, DBE Implementation Agreement 9-B, Local Agency DBE Annual Submittal Form 10-R, A&E Sample Contract Language 12-G, …

Wisconsin Accountant Sentenced in Disadvantaged Business Fraud Scheme

On August 19, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin sentenced Mark F. Spindler to 3 months’ incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, 100 hours of community service in disadvantaged/minority areas, a $7,500 fine, and a $100 special assessment. On January 24, 2020, Spindler—owner of the accounting firm Komisar & Spindler in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin—was convicted by …

FTA Guidance on COVID-19

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide guidance to the public transportation industry in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Today, FTA posted 13 new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19 on its website that cover Administrative Relief, Civil Rights, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) …

Save Small Business Fund

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has set up a new Save Small Business Fund in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations and donors. The fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the country. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an …

DBE/ACDBE Program Guidance During COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved guidance addressing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession DBE (ACDBE) program requirements during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This guidance supplements the March 24, 2020 guidance and addresses the following 7 topics: Steps to ensure public participation in the goal setting process; DBE/ACDBE overall goal methodology due dates; “Commercially useful function” (CUF) reviews …

DBE Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Los Angeles

Complaint alleges city discriminated against Clean Up America, Inc. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Clean Up America, Inc and Deontay Potter filed a lawsuit Case No. 18STVC04176 against The City of Los Angeles for discrimination. CUA alleges that The City breached its contract and gave preferential treatment to a favored non-black owned hauler. The lawsuit alleges the City of Los Angeles facilitated Arrow Disposal Service in illegally dumping thousands …

Independent Contractors in Question After California Employment Bill Passes

AB-5 Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors This bill is an act to amend the Labor Code and Unemployment Insurance Code following the decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 (Dynamex) regarding mis-classification of workers as independent contractors. Dynamex is a nationwide courier service employing drivers to make same-day deliveries. The …

Discrimination Lawsuit Against Washington State DOT

Elton Mason, owner of Washington State Trucking, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against WSDOT, Seattle Tunnel Partners and other entities with the U.S. District Court in Seattle. The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges racial discrimination and retaliation with regards to Washington State Trucking’s participation on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunnel Project. Mason and his attorney, Beverly Grant, announced the lawsuit …