east bay express on obama and ag

Good Enough for Obama, But Not Jerry Brown

President Barack Obama has nominated former top Oakland city official Rosie Rios to be the United States treasurer, according to the Trib. The high-level nomination is huge for Rios and well-deserved. She was one of the most effective and hardest working leaders the City of Oakland has ever had, serving as director of economic development and redevelopment from 2001 to 2003. Yet despite her many accomplishments, she wasn’t good enough for Jerry Brown. The then mayor fired her in August 2003 because he was angry about her involvement in trying to build a downtown stadium for the Oakland A’s. Brown had fired Rios’ boss, City Manager Robert Bobb, for the same reason. So, let’s review Brown’s legacy, shall we?

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