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WDB executive director John Bailey leaves $340,000
Oakland salary package for a Dept. of Labor position.
He was responsible for sending back $600,000 to the state rather than giving it to Oakland non-profits. The
mayor praised him for his service. “I did what the mayor asked me to do,” said Bailey. Mayor Schaaf said, “I do not apologize for putting people of color in front of me when I talk about these issues.” Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor’s Staff Admits Responsibility for Not Applying for $2 Million for Summer Youth Jobs Her staffer who failed to apply for the funds leaves to work for Dept. of Labor overseeing city’s jobs funds

During a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Libby Schaaf’s staff admitted responsibility for failing to apply for a $2 million federal grant to provide summer jobs for Oakland youth.
Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) listens as Councilmember Desley Brooks (right) speaks at Tuesday’s CED Committee meeting. Behind Schaaf directly to the right sits California EDD Director Patrick Henning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor Questioned Over Closing Job Centers, Apologizes for Overlooking the Community “I am very conscious of my privilege because of my race,” says Mayor Schaaf

This week was the first chance the community had to talk to the mayor about their concerns over her unilateral decision to close East, Central and West Oakland neighborhood job centers, the lack of transparency [...]
La Misa Negra is a unique Oakland band which plays a mix of cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music. Photo by Jaron Epstein.

“Sights and Sounds of East Oakland” Celebrates Art, Music and Resistance

Laney College recently hosted a celebration of the many cultures, kinds of music and people from across the world that make up the “Sights and Sounds of East Oakland.” &
Post publisher Paul Cobb.

Mayor Schaaf’s “Plantation-Style” Approach Leaves Oakland Community No Seat at the Table, Says Post Publisher

Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressed the Post Salon on Sunday with Troy Williams to discuss the need to remove barriers to employment and government services for the formerly incarcerated.