“Hurricane” Katrina packs council chamber to oppose city DBE changes

The Ellis Administration was hit with a storm of protest Tuesday night that could easily be described as “Hurricane” Katrina. The mayor exchanged words with a state Senator over the city’s black business support.

When Senator Katrina Jackson learned that the Ellis Administration wanted to raise its bid ceiling to $250,000 on public works projects, she went on the warpath.

Using her massive database of social media contacts, Jackson’s office sent out hundreds of alerts to African-Americans to come to city hall because the Ellis Administration could possibly adopt a policy that would be detrimental to blacks.

Two controversial items were on the agenda: one to change the city policy for handling disadvantaged businesses and the other to change the contract amount that would trigger…

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