KUOW had a superlative report by Phyllis Fletcher giving a great backstory complete with Board meeting audio plus historic background on Seattle minority businesses. It fills in a lot of gaps in the story.
There's a transcript at KUOW but honestly, it is much better to listen to and hear some familiar voices praising Silas.
What is jaw-dropping to me is this at a Board meeting in 2008:
Potter admitted to the board that he lobbied a state legislator to change a law that would let him expand his program.
Potter: "I kinda sorta didn't let the school board know when I did it. So you guys have to forgive me for it."
They did. But his lobbying was a violation of district policy. Potter didn't say that outright. His lobbying was successful. He got to give contracts to bigger companies as a result.
Here was an SPS employee standing before the Board telling them he did something that is expressly prohibited for SPS employees to do without permission and he just weaseled his way out out of it. I'd bet not one Board member followed up on this issue.