Matthai Kuruvila,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writers
When Ron Dellums isn’t hiding behind his wife’s skirt, he has her doing his job! – ed
Oakland’s job creation efforts are embroiled in a power struggle over how to dole out millions of dollars in federal job training funds, a fight that comes five months after a state auditor found a number of problems with how the city was using some of the money.
How the issue is ultimately decided could have wide-ranging effects on how the valuable funds are spent in a city where unemployment is an astounding 17.7 percent – nearly double the nationwide rate. It could also be a major challenge for whoever becomes Oakland’s next mayor.
History shows that the city has been slow to act on problems with its federally funded jobs program. For years the city repeatedly ignored state recommendations on how to manage the programs, a Chronicle review of state documents found.