G.W. Schulz

Obama's party at the Fairmont Hotel

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Finally settled in at the Fairmont downtown after searching fruitlessly in the beginning for a wireless connection.

The most significant thing I've seen so far tonight is Oakland City Attorney John Russo throwing his weight behind Obama and MCing tonight's event. Read more »

Bill Clinton coaxes voters into windowless van

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Bill Clinton always excelled at telling stories. Facing a tough question from a somber-looking vet? Tell a story. Bleary-eyed after hitting several California cities in a single day campaigning on behalf of your wife? Tell a story. Trying to convince undecided voters your family isn't an inhuman band of relentless over-achievers that hasn't experienced what most Americans might consider a normal day in decades? Tell a story.

Joined by Gavin Newsom, that's what Bill Clinton did again for voters yesterday at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Told a bunch of stories. Read more »

Money for nothing

Bakery associate received public matching funds but didn't document spending
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Nedir Bey, a close confidant of the late Your Black Muslim Bakery founder Yusuf Bey, received public funds for his anemic 2002 run for the Oakland City Council but faced little scrutiny from election officials for suspect political contributions and spending.

The discovery appears to be one more example of the Bey empire's alleged scams and schemes uncovered by the Chauncey Bailey Project since the eponymous journalist's August 2007 murder, which law enforcement sources have linked to the bakery.Read more »

New College still poorly managed, report says

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The beleaguered New College of California is facing another gloomy report just released from its accrediting agency after first being placed on probation last July. Meanwhile, two trustees of the school, Peter Gabel and Colleen O’Neal, reportedly resigned from the school’s board Jan. Read more »

The great escape

City College chancellor Phil Day is leaving his successor with a mountain of unfinished business
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There are some dark clouds hovering over City College of San Francisco. The District Attorney's Office is investigating political corruption allegations, a long-awaited audit of half a billion dollars in bond spending is just months from completion, and several infrastructure projects are running tens of millions of dollars over budget.

But Chancellor Phil Day won't be around to clean up those messes. Read more »

How Oakland's fearful politicos enabled waste: Part III

Political, racial pressure pays off for the bakery
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In 1996, Your Black Muslim Bakery lieutenant Nedir Bey had a wealth of ammunition with which to lobby city leaders for a $1.1 million loan to fund his health care company, E.M. Health Services.

The previous year, the city of Oakland had agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the Oakland Raiders back from Los Angeles, a deal that quickly soured and has cost the city and Alameda County taxpayers more than $20 million a year ever since.

The developers of a new downtown ice rink had defaulted on $11 million in bonds just three months after the facility opened.Read more »

How Oakland's fearful politicos enabled waste: Part II

E.M. Health attempts to burrow away debt
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E.M. Health Services, a home health care company founded by a high-ranking member of Your Black Muslim Bakery, opened for business in July 1996, flush with a $1.1 million loan from the city of Oakland.

But shortly over a year later, signs of trouble already plagued the business — and a review of documents shows that the founders of the struggling company paid themselves lavish salaries, and lucrative consulting contracts went to bakery associates and family members.Read more »

How Oakland's fearful politicos enabled waste: Part 1

How the bakery's $1 million vanished. Along with loan from city, pledges to help community disappeared.
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Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series examining a $1million city loan to a Your Black Muslim Bakery affiliate that was never repaid.

It was a noble cause: Train welfare recipients as home health aides and put them to work caring for homebound sick and elderly clients.Read more »

Internal investigation of City College complete

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Remember those stories from Lance Williams at the Chronicle that surfaced awhile back about City College of San Francisco improperly diverting public funds to a campaign committee? The school's Board of Trustees promptly called for an internal probe, and all 232 pages of it are now publicly available. Read more »

Hugues de la Plaza's autopsy unveiled

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San Francisco's Medical Examiner is refusing to rule the gruesome June 2 death of French national Hugues de la Plaza a homicide, releasing an autopsy only recently after the man's friends and family waited six months for its conclusion.

There's no doubt de la Plaza's life ended due to multiple stab wounds, but the December report describes the manner of his death, i.e. Read more »