Oakland City Council gets back to business

OAKLAND, CA

The council will discuss two measures proposed this summer after former City Administrator /*Deborah Edgerly*/ was fired amid allegations of nepotism and interfering with a police investigation.

One measure would fund a $330,000-a-year whistleblower protection program designed to encourage city employees to report fraud, waste and abuse. The other would authorize the spending of $235,000 to hire a consulting firm to conduct an audit of the city's hiring practices going back to July 1, 2003.

Next week the council will consider an anti-nepotism ordinance proposed by City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente and analyze a report issued last Friday that states city officials spent at least $1.2 million on travel expenses for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

On Sept. 30, the City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the city's budget deficit.

Edgerly said last spring that the deficit was about $15 million, but Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said at a July 23 news conference that it's much more than that.

Acting City Administrator Dan Lindheim and a team of advisers headed by former City Manager Robert Bobb are in the process of evaluating the city's budget situation and are expected to issue a report soon.

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