Onto Plan B

 As part of our ethos, The Squirrel Co. finds responsibility in reporting on companies and organizations that make a whole hearted commitment to the well being of the public as well as the environment. In that respect, we would love to introduce to our readers B Corporation— a league of entrepreneurs, shareholders, and investors of the private sector that, “[use] the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.” To put it in even simplier terms, B Corporations strive to change the business world using a “me” to “we” ideology.

The evolution of this new type of corporation began with the realization that present corporate laws were simply not doing the job. As they state in their mission statement, laws were making it difficult for companies to take employees, the environment, and the community into consideration. Lack of transparency standards also made it difficult to tell if a company was genuinely “good” or just good at marketing. And that is why these “bad” laws gave way to a new kind of corporation– B Corporation.

Now, what exactly does an B Corporation do? First off, they must follow the B Corporation Declaration, “hold[ing] these truths to be self-evident: (a) that we must be the change we seek in the world, (b) that all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered, (c) that, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all, and (d) to do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.” In other words, they strive to be “the change we seek.”

With the creation of this new type of sector, we will be sure to secure greater economic opportunity as well as making a positive impact in our community and to our environment. For a list of the 500 young and old companies that have already ditched plan A, visit www.bcorporation.net.

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Stirring the Pot

The Los Angeles City Council will make its final decision on March 16th, in regards to finalizing redrawn district boundaries in the city. With less than a week left for the ordinance to be voted on, council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks have stirred up the pot with accussations that the Redisticting Committee has violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Under this amendment, the government gaurentees equal protection of the law to all members of society. Perry and Parks believe that the commision is not holding truth to this amendment but they are relying on race to draw new districts.

The commission has defended its actions, stating that it is merely following guidelines highlighted in the Voting Rights Act. Race, as a factor, is supported by this act only if, “(1) there is a sufficiently large and geographically compact minority population; (2) and the minority population is politically cohesive; and (3) white voters vote sufficiently as a bloc so as to usually be able to defeat the minority group’s preferred candidate.”  

Perry and Parks claim that the commission has not taken under consideration whether or not minorities are indeed “politically cohesive,” nor if white voters would reject a minority candidate. With allegations being backed by supporters of Perry and Parks, the Redistricting Commission has a lot on its plate before the March 16th vote.

Blurry Lines

Earlier today, the Redistricting Commission released copies of maps depicting the newly redrawn district boundaries of the City of Los Angeles. The newly drawn map is the final draft being presenting and voted on by the committee next Wednesday. The council will meet at the Van Nuys City Hall next Wednesday at 4 p.m. to vote on the matter.

As reported by the City Maven, the following changes will be made to district lines: CD4 will be taking Sherman Oaks; CD10 will now have all of Koreatown, Leimert Park, and Baldwin Hill; USC south LA campus will pertain to CD9; and CD14 will take all of Downtown with the exception of the Staple Center.

For more on the topic, check out www.thecitymaven.com or specifically at http://www.thecitymaven.com/2012/02/24/redistricting-commission-releases-final-map-proposal/

Mayor for President

 

LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to join the Obama team this 2012 Presidential Election. News has been brewing regarding the Mayor’s possible involvment in the president’s campaign team as well as a possible spot on Mr. Obama’s cabinet.

Villaraigosa currently holds the presidential chair for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and will lead the party as chairman of the Democratic Convention this summer. As his mayorship comes to an end and his political profile increase with popularity, we can only wait and see where LA’s Mayor will end up in 2013.