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North Oakland Now: March 18, 2009

on March 18, 2009


Good morning Oakland North! It isn’t a big news day today; the top story is that the Oakland City Council deadlocked over funding for children and youth during their meeting Tuesday night. The city cannot afford the funding mandated by Measure OO, passed by voters in November, and the council cannot decide what to do. They didn’t agree to repeal Measure OO nor did they vote for a compromise that allows at least moderate funding increases for youth programs.

An Oakland resident is moving to Washington DC to join the Obama administration. Carol Galante, president of BRIDGE Housing Inc., a nonprofit developer of affordable housing has been hired as deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Oakland Zoo is ready to release its major expansion project, with construction scheduled to start this fall, of a 17,000-square-foot veterinary hospital. Funding is coming mostly from private donations and foundations, with about $2 million coming from Measure WW, which passed in November.

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