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Columnist: ‘Cowardly’ turn by Oakland council to not police itself

Friday, March 9, 2012

imageThe Chronicle’s Chip Johnson calls Oakland City Council’s brushing aside an investigation of Councilwoman Desley Brooks’ controversial teen center “among the most cowardly, irresponsible and loathsome acts” he’s ever seen from a publicly elected panel. Brooks developed, managed and staffed the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy using her office budget in apparent violation of a law that prohibits council interference in administrative affairs. But when the city administrator called for an outside audit of the center Tuesday, all but two councilmembers fell over themselves to nix the audit.

Add: Among the political rug sweepers, Johnson singles out Councilwoman Jane Brunner, who stuck up for Brooks’ not even having to recuse herself from the vote. Of Brunner, Johnson says: “This from the person who wants to be Oakland’s next city attorney.”
Image: Megan Molteni/ Oakland North
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