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Report accuses 2 Oakland council members of interfering in contract bid

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oakland council members Desley Brooks (pictured) and Larry Reid broke the law by interfering with the bidding process on a major construction contract, according to an investigation by City Auditor Courtney Ruby in a report to be released today. Each vigorously denies it. The Chronicle’s Matthai Kuruvila, who obtained an advance copy of the report, says there are 14 alleged instances of City Charter violations—12 by Brooks and one each by Reid and one of his aides. From the Chronicle:

Ruby said all the findings were so serious that she plans to turn over her report to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, the FBI and the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The City Charter states that a council member who is convicted of violating the non-interference law must forfeit his or her seat.

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