In mid-October, Oakland school board member and East Bay Asian Youth Center Executive Director David Kakishiba announced he would resign from his post at the end of the month because of a conflict-of-interest ruling by the district’s new general counsel, Jackie Minor.
Well, it’s Nov. 2, and Kakishiba hasn’t left. He says he is respecting the requests he has received from other board members and his constituents to see if a “legal remedy” could be reached that would let him serve on the board within certain parameters.
“I’m prepared to resign, but not one single person has said, `Get the hell out of here,’” Kakishiba told me today.
At 6 p.m. Nov. 12, the school board will hold a special meeting on the subject. Kakishiba said his colleagues don’t know the legal basis for Minor’s opinion — in part, because Kakishiba, himself, doesn’t even have a copy of the document – and that they are concerned about the broader policy implications of the ruling. (Kakishiba says he doesn’t plan to weigh in on the discussion, and that he might not even attend the special meeting. “I don’t really have an opinion about it,” he said.)
“We want to get it all out in the public,” said board member Gary Yee.
Yee also said he hoped the board would find a way to keep Kakishiba on the board, legally. “I think most people who are aware of the situation know that this is not the best time to go looking for a replacement,” he said.
Do you agree?