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Put a pricetag on it, Dellums and De La Fuente

By awoodall
Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 9:16 pm in Uncategorized.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente proved you can put a pricetag on just about everything, including rivalry.  Just make sure it comes with nice packaging.

The two former bitter rivals for the city’s top position just months ago showed up Saturday for a swanky soiree at the Claremont Hotel.  The public servants may have been in the same room, but you would have thought they were orbiting different moons on separate planets: they never crossed each other’s path.  

Dellums and De La Fuente, however,  had one thing in common. They were determined to raise money for the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s youth education programs.  A power lunch with Dellums fetched $2,800 during  the silent fundraiser auction.  So great was De La Fuente’s generosity that he spontaneously offered himself for a power lunch — and tied with Dellums at $2,800.

Pfew! A collective sigh rose among the audience that the two were worth the same amount.

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