The latest Covid Cares Act update from City doesn't seem to recognize extra time allowed by new act. Particularly, cash meant for East Oakland's wi-fi is still going back to general fund, through the OFD, and supposedly to be drawn out at some future point to complete the project
Some expenses here are worth noting: 120k for advertising. As we know, some of this went for billboards to taunt ESO residents about wi fi they may never get. Then the outside project management getting 270k, while they basically blew completion of more than half the project
Assuming CARES expenditure report is accurate--and that's a big assumption--City only spent about 20 million of the 36 million fund on intended grants, finding ways to recycle about 15 mil back into GPF so as to not lose the $$. Brings up question of wth it just wasn't a grant.

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