Jakada Imani Withdraws Nomination for Port Commission

Van Jones protegé Jakada Imani released a statement today announcing his decision to withdraw his nomination for port commission, which became the subject of a long, mean-spirited battle within the city council. Mayor Quan had selected Imani, over previous commissioner Margaret Gordon, both for his progressive street cred — he’s the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights — his West Oakland roots, and his clear, vested interest in the city’s future. That raised the ire of council President and avowed Gordon supporter Larry Reid, who tried to block the nomination. Although Imani was, indeed, confirmed for the port commission on October 18, in a 5-3 vote, his appointment was nullified the same night, due to a procedural error. Tonight would have been his sixth council meeting to fight for the appointment. Frankly, he’s tired of it.

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