Ron Dellums is in NYC for Hillary Clinton

dellums.jpgOakland Mayor Ron Dellums is in New York City for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton‘s two-day Winter Summit fundraiser today and tomorrow, a $1,000- or $2,300-a-head event billed as her last national fundraising event of 2007. California Clinton spokesman Luis Vizcaino tells me Dellums — who endorsed Clinton on Oct. 1 during her visit to Laney College, and whom Clinton named her campaign’s urban-policy chairman — is running a breakout session on the campaign’s urban agenda.

Dellums can cite some Oakland examples to illustrate what’s wrong with America’s urban policy: Tuesday night’s drive-by shooting of three teens outside McClymonds High School; the nation’s 10th-highest home mortgage foreclosure rate; civil-service hiring snafus; a municipal payroll system in need of continuing reform; and so on. Let’s hope he and Clinton have clear ideas about how to make these and other wrongs right.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.