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Oakland’s Budget Crisis: The Movie

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am in Oakland, Ron Dellums.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, whose seeming lack of public engagement in the city’s budget crisis and impending police layoffs has left some nonplussed, last week uploaded these videos in which he’s being briefed on the crisis by his staff:

What do you think – is this a mayor who’s adequately on top of the problem? Are these videos an appropriate and adequate way to communicate the problem’s parameters to the public, and to guide the process of solving the problem?

KTVU Channel 2’s Randy Shandobil aired a piece on Dellums’ apparent lack of engagement last night, and it sounds as if the often-prickly mayor had his dander up. It’ll be interesting to see what he has to say at today’s news conference; watch for our report from city hall reporter Kelly Rayburn…

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  • ted ford

    It takes 30 minutes to watch the four sections, but it was very informative and worth watching. The mayor and his staff seem to have a good grasp of the issue. This will be a very difficult problem to solve. The parcel tax seems like the only viable solution.