Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 7:02 pm in Uncategorized.
Well, did I ever get an earful from a few readers about the use of Community Development Block Grants, basically a pot of money that’s split up among Oakland’s council districts every year.
West Oakland councilmember Nancy Nadel decided to use all of her district’s portion – $300,000 – for the teen center she’s trying to open in the Hoover neighborhood.
I wasn’t there, but I hear it got ugly after Nadel made that announcement at the meeting held to elect the West Oakland CDBG board that will oversee distribution of the funds. Seems most of the people who were there for the election, including Sean Sullivan, Nadel’s opponent in the June council race, and Oakland blogger V Smoothe didn’t like idea one bit, and made sure she knew it.
They also aren’t happy about Nadel’s compromise… she’s still going to put $100,000 of the CDBG pot toward the teen center and leave $200,000 to be divided how the board sees fit.
According to her staff, she has the authority to do that. The CDBG board has a lot of new faces, including Sullivan, so it should be interesting!