Labor Secretary visits Oakland for stimulus forum

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was in town over the weekend for an hour-long, invitation only roundtable with local civic, community, education, labor and business leaders convened by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland.

The topics for the forum Saturday at the Airport Hilton were green job creation, the emerging green economy, workforce, education and healthcare reform in Lee’s 9th Congressional District, Lee’s office said. Lee has been trying to hold her district forth as a model for green job development and use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funding

“I have long considered my district to be on the cutting-edge in the development of green jobs, which I believe will lead to a pathway out of poverty for many living in underserved communities,” she said in a news release issued after the forum. “I thought it was important that Secretary Solis got a first-hand look at the fine work being done here in my district.”

Solis noted more than half a billion ARRA dollars have been provided for projects involving green job creation. “I was very pleased to join Congresswoman Lee and local leaders, to discuss how these funds are being leveraged and how green jobs can provide economic security for middle-class families and underserved communities.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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    “I have long considered my district to be on the cutting edge [of knife crime]”—B. Lee