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  1. $830,000 in job funds to Oakland questioned

    Federal stimulus dollars intended for job creation in Oakland were spent instead on trips to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a Concord water park, rent, church repairs, bus passes, salaries and car allowances, according to a state review released Tuesday.

    Oakland, which has struggled with a 17.7 percent unemployment rate, received $3 million last year for summer youth, adult and dislocated worker programs. But more than $830,000 of the money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from February to December 2009 was not properly accounted for or was misspent, according to the state Office of the Inspector General.

    In addition, state auditors found the city inflated the number of jobs created, claiming 35 when only about six jobs were created with the stimulus dollars.

    Laura Chick, the state inspector general overseeing federal recovery dollars, reviewed a similar program in San Francisco and found no problems.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/…..z0lkrjcRku

    1. Sounds like the misused funds for rebuilding in Iraq.

      Hey, Tom Friedman should be happy — it’s nation building at home.

  2. “In addition, state auditors found the city inflated the number of jobs created, claiming 35 when only about six jobs were created with the stimulus dollars.”

    $3M to create 6 jobs!

  3. $3M to create 6 jobs!

    I want one of those jobs.

    1. I want one all of those jobs.

  4. Laura Chick, the state inspector general overseeing federal recovery dollars, reviewed a similar program in San Francisco and found no problems.

    I’d re-check those figures, if I were her.

  5. Thanks, but I would rather scrape my tongue with a potato peeler than listen to that wind bag Matt Welch burp up libertarian bromides. He’s so full of shit his burps smell like the sewer.

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