This statement was read by Port of Oakland Board President Gilda Gonzales during a special meeting of Port commissioners Friday afternoon. In her statement, Gonzales was referring to the scrutiny raised by expenses for, among other things, a $4,537 party at a strip club submitted to the Port for reimbursement that prompted an investigation.

"After a closed-session meeting with the Port of Oakland's Board of Port Commissioners, Port leadership, internal and outside counsel, the Board is pleased with the significant progress being made in connection with the ongoing expense report investigation.

The Board is eagerly looking forward to the conclusion of the investigation, and is confident that more definitive developments will be announced soon.

In the meantime the Port appreciates the public's understanding that limited information can be made available out of respect for the ongoing investigation."