Grand jury slams Oakland City Council’s ‘backroom dealing’

By By Kimberly Veklerov The Oakland City Council disregarded open government laws while pursuing multimillion-dollar deals with developers over public land, a civil grand jury investigation released Monday found.

Council members made decisions in closed-session meetings that should have been made in public session, as required by the state law known as the Brown Act and by the city’s more stringent Sunshine Ordinance, according to the Alameda County grand jury’s report.

The grand jury looked at the council’s actions for three contracts, together valued at more than $500 million, and found that agreements in all three cases were hashed out through “backroom deals” that received little [READ MORE HERE]

Source: SF Gate

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