A top Los Angeles Convention Center official said Tuesday that the facility's governing body will probably reverse its tentative selection of the Fluor Corp. for a major contract because the company's dealings in South Africa conflict with the city's anti-apartheid policy.
Sandra Gordon, Convention Center Commission president, said she expects the panel to heed the wishes of Mayor Tom Bradley and Los Angeles City Council members and select another company to oversee the proposed $310-million expansion of the Convention Center.
Gordon's comments came after the City Council's Revenue and Finance Committee voted unanimously not to concur in the selection of Irvine-based Fluor for the $2.5-million construction management job.
The contract has become the first major test of the city's anti-apartheid policy, which bans some purchases with firms doing business in the racially segregated country. The ban affects about 13% of the city's contracts--those not subject to competitive bid requirements. Fluor, an international construction and engineering firm, did about $40 million in business in South Africa last year.