Dellums Continues to Struggle

Chip Johnson of the SF Chronicle is sick of Oakland's celebrity mayors -- first former (and future?) Gov. Jerry Brown, now Ron Dellums, who has ...
by | July 29, 2008

Dellums_lowrez_2 Chip Johnson of the SF Chronicle is sick of Oakland's celebrity mayors -- first former (and future?) Gov. Jerry Brown, now Ron Dellums, who has clearly struggled on the job.

With the scandal at City Hall in the past month as a backdrop, it's becoming increasingly clear that Oakland residents need a mayor with a ground-level view, not a fly-over assessment.

Johnson openly pines for someone to run against Dellums in 2010 and names a couple of potential candidates: "Rebecca Kaplan, a 37-year-old AC Transit director in a November runoff for the at-large City Council seat" and "Benjamin Jealous, 35, one of the nation's emerging black leaders, who will become the youngest president in the history of the NAACP when he takes office in September."

Johnson notes something that had slipped by me, namely that Dellums has brought in former Oakland and D.C. city administrator Robert Bobb as a consultant to try to clean up the city's finances and the mess left by fired administrator Deborah Edgerly.

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