By Howard Mintz firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 08/02/2010 10:30:20 AM PDT
Updated: 08/02/2010 02:56:05 PM PDT
Tackling Proposition 209 for the first time in a decade, the California Supreme Court on Monday left intact the state's ban on affirmative action in public programs.
In a 6-1 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the 1996 voter-approved law, in the process invalidating a 7-year-old San Francisco ordinance designed to aid minority- and women-owned businesses in the contracting process. The majority opinion, written by Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, reinforced past state and federal court rulings that have kept Proposition 209's tight limits on public affirmative action programs in place across California.
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