Candidates led companies with poor hiring records

Companies led by two statewide candidates showed poor records for hiring blacks, Latinos and even women between 1999 and 2005 according to an article in the Feb. 14 San Jose Mercury News.
The investigation by Mike Swift reviewed the EEO-1 forms for 10 of the top 15 high technology employers in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
During that period, two of the firms, EBay and Hewlett Packard, were led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Republican senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina, respectively.
EBay kept the same 1.6 percentage of black employees from 1999 to 2005, increasing their number from four to 36 over six years, while its total number of employees in the two counties rose from 311 to 2,223.
Hewlett-Packard, traditionally a leader in diverse hiring dating from its original founders David Packard and Bill Hewlett, actually decreased its black employees, from 139 to 53, from 1999 to 2005 while its Valley workforce shrank from 2,793 to 1,236.
These figures were provided from an interactive data base at