Cecily Burt

Money for nothing

Bakery associate received public matching funds but didn't document spending
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Nedir Bey, a close confidant of the late Your Black Muslim Bakery founder Yusuf Bey, received public funds for his anemic 2002 run for the Oakland City Council but faced little scrutiny from election officials for suspect political contributions and spending.

The discovery appears to be one more example of the Bey empire's alleged scams and schemes uncovered by the Chauncey Bailey Project since the eponymous journalist's August 2007 murder, which law enforcement sources have linked to the bakery.Read more »

How Oakland's fearful politicos enabled waste: Part III

Political, racial pressure pays off for the bakery
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In 1996, Your Black Muslim Bakery lieutenant Nedir Bey had a wealth of ammunition with which to lobby city leaders for a $1.1 million loan to fund his health care company, E.M. Health Services.

The previous year, the city of Oakland had agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the Oakland Raiders back from Los Angeles, a deal that quickly soured and has cost the city and Alameda County taxpayers more than $20 million a year ever since.

The developers of a new downtown ice rink had defaulted on $11 million in bonds just three months after the facility opened.Read more »

How Oakland's fearful politicos enabled waste: Part 1

How the bakery's $1 million vanished. Along with loan from city, pledges to help community disappeared.
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Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series examining a $1million city loan to a Your Black Muslim Bakery affiliate that was never repaid.

It was a noble cause: Train welfare recipients as home health aides and put them to work caring for homebound sick and elderly clients.Read more »