Proposition 209 Postscript: How the Unqualified Thrive in Government

In 1996, when California voters passed Proposition 209, they did not end affirmative action. The California Civil Rights Initiative only prohibited the use of racial and ethnic preferences in state employment, education and contracting. Despite the new law, such preferences continued.
In 2009, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hired Puerto Rico native Ana Matosantos as state finance director. With only a BA in political science and feminist studies, she was clearly unqualified but billed as the first “Latina” to hold the job. In 2011 Matosantos was busted for drunk driving and offered to resign, but governor Jerry Brown kept her on the job.

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