Don’t worry: There are absolutely no sexual undertones to this inquiry. Far from it. Think real estate and planning commissions. Think — dare I print this? — informational flyers.
David Kakishiba, as many of you know, is the school board president. He is also the executive director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center, based in East Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood. His organization, along with the OCO (Oakland Community Organizations) became involved against a market-rate condominium proposal that would plop 810 new homes along East 12th Street in Fruitvale with little to no affordable units.
His two worlds collided in September, when kids from three Fruitvale-area elementary schools went home with flyers urging their families to speak out against the proposed development at an upcoming Oakland Planning Commission meeting.
The developer has accused Kakishiba of using his position in the school district to force school staff to distribute the materials (His organization’s name was printed on the flyers, along with the OCO).
But an organizer from OCO says parent leaders passed out the flyers after getting the green light from principals, and Kakishiba says he had nothing to do with how they were circulated. He claims it was “hardball politics” and intimidation at work.
Do you think the school board had an ethical obligation to investigate this claim?