Dellums Watch: Keeping Tabs on Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums

Because we care deeply about Oakland, we want Mayor Dellums to succeed. However, we strongly opposed his election because he never held a municipal position in Oakland and has lived in Washington for the last thirty-five years. We are wary of some of his supporters, and wish to keep a close eye on local political machinations. This blog will be focused on politics and people, not policy perscriptions (unlike FutureOakland).

August 02, 2006

Dellums Exceeds Spending Cap

After the final disclosure forms were filed with the City Clerk, the Oakland Tribune reports that Ron Dellums' successful mayoral campaign exceeded the voluntary spending cap (which all candidates pledged to honor) by about $15,500. He also outspent Ignacio de la Fuente by more than $50,000. The Chronicle reported that most of Dellums' donations were from out-of-state political figures, as well. This just further demonstrates the arrogance of the Dellums campaign. They didn't want to debate, they refused to disclose a list of Dellums' lobbying clients or a tax return, they attempted to lie about his occupation on the ballot, they didn't engage Oaklanders, and they didn't feel they had to keep any of their promises (besides violating the spending pledge, which is really bad, where are Dellums' task forces? His veto power initiative? His six-month planning process? He said he would start as soon as he won, not go on a summer vacation).

This attitude that our ex-Congressman somehow deserves the mayoralty without earning it, or being involved in local issues whatsoever, is very frustrating to those of us who live here, and who are concerned with local issues. This arrogance and entitlement complex, which now has resulted in two serious violations of campaign ethics (the city clerk's "error" in Dellums' favor on the election summaries is the other), is a very alarming indication of Oakland's next mayoral administration.

Nancy Nadel is clearly quite pissed by this and the other improprieties that helped Dellums win outright by only 122 votes, saying "I hope that's not representative of how he would govern." It is unlikely that our mayor-elect can count on her support on the council, leaving him with only one political ally with a council seat (and no hope for veto power). We'll see what tone he takes when he returns from his drawn-out post-campaign vacation.

17 Comments:

At August 04, 2006 1:25 AM, Blogger Zennie Abraham said...

I received your attempt to post a comment on my Oakland Focus blog and rejected it. I would have sent you an email, but you prevent that option, so I use this alternative. Here's my request: stop contacting me. You have a pattern of writing angry, nasty, and incorrect messages to me. And for no good reason. So this will be my request -- and warning -- to simply leave me alone. I don't know who you are -- you don't have the adult courage to identify yourself -- and you send me these comments that make me think you have some interest in physically attacking me, or worse. I ask this only once: knock off the immature behavior. It's not funny and it's not fun for anyone.

 
At August 04, 2006 10:51 AM, Blogger Oakland Native said...

Are you referring to the comment I let you on your "blog" (it's not really a blog if you don't accept comments), pointing out the xenophobia of your crazy anti-10k positions? I simply pointed out the ridiculousness of you blaming increased crime in outer East Oakland on a handful of new residents downtown. That's neither angry, nor nasty, nor incorrect.

 
At August 12, 2006 10:46 AM, Blogger deckin said...

Oakland Native,

Interesting. If there's someone in the Oakland blogosphere that needs to tweeked, it's Johnny One Note Charles Pine. Apparently, until Oakland gets 1100 cops (not an unworthy goal, in my opinion), absolutely nothing else should happen in Oakland; nothing built, nothing fixed. He also seems to think that attracting people with disposable income increases crime (so does that entail that attracting poor people would mitigate it? Oh, wait, 'poverty causes crime!' What tangled webs we weave when first we endeavor to be progressive (apologies all around for the construction)).

Thank God St. Ron is on vacation--I say that kind of behavior ought to be encouraged; Lord knows the man needs a break. Lobbying is hard work!

 
At August 17, 2006 11:47 AM, Blogger jpeters said...

The question is : where is Aimee Allison, the progressive's darling? Nothing much going on in the District she wants to represent except the two biggest issues in the City (Oak to 9th and the OUSD site).

Perhaps she's out running her "business," whatever that is.

 
At August 18, 2006 1:52 PM, Blogger deckin said...

jpeters,

Haven't you heard? Aimee 'Teach Peace' Allison is busy bitching about the charter school military academy (a faculty member of which I've met and who says nothing but good things about it) which she says promotes militarism, blah blah blah. Never mind that it gives kids an ordered and structured environment and is outperforming almost all similar schools in Oakland. No, we need a 'Peace Academy' because the military and the need for it is a sign of 'failure of imagination' and we shouldn't be promoting it. Hmm, what about the police? Shouldn't we be against the Admin of Justice program at Laney and Merritt Colleges? Aren't police a sign of failure? Can't we all just get along?

 
At August 21, 2006 2:59 PM, Blogger Oakland Native said...

If Aimee Allison wants to start a pacifist charter school, she should. That's what great about charter schools - if she doesn't like the military school, she doesn't have to send her kids there. But, of course, Ms. Allison wants to make decisions for people, such as her anti-nail shop initiative.

 
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