Critics Fear Ron Dellums Pushing Cronies into Power

An excellent and alarming column by Chip Johnson today, on the rumors that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is planning to promote Gay Plair Cobb to a post in the Community and Economic Development Agency. Cobb has long been the head of the city’s Private Industry Council, which provides job training for unemployed youth. At least one city audit has suggested that the agency was not very cost-effective at placing people in jobs, despite the millions of dollars doled out to the group. Critics have long complained that Cobb has just sat on a sinecure thanks to her political connections, and now it looks like she’ll pluck an even bigger apple off the tree.

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