So of course you guys probably all already heard that Dan Lindheim was confirmed unanimously by the City Council yesterday. This was totally expected, but still kind of sad, since the best anyone can come up with when talking about the choice is that basically we can’t do any better, and that nobody with any actual experience in municipal administration would ever be willing to come work in Oakland.
I find that incredibly depressing and obviously untrue (how come the Mayor was able to score such good candidates for the CEDA Director and Assistant City Administrator positions if nobody’s willing to work here?). Also, I wonder if the elected officials making such statements have taken so much as a second to think about how their defeatism sounds to potential investors in Oakland. The Council seems to have decided they’re content to let the City fall to pieces for the next two years, figuring they can just blame every problem on the Mayor being awful. The reality is that if they just sit back and give him everything he wants, they’re just as culpable for the sorry state of Oakland as he is.
Anyway, it seems like the Council wasn’t much more excited about our new City Administrator than the blogosphere, because the press release they sent out about it bizarrely doesn’t say a single nice thing about Lindheim, just that he’s allowed to fire whoever he wants.
Anyway, I just wanted to point out something that made me laugh at the Mayor’s press conference last week when he announced all his appointments. He kept talking about his reorganization of the City Administrator’s office, saying a bunch of unclear and also wrong things about the money funding all these new positions he’s creating. Anyway, in response to one of these questions about whether the staffing changes would be cost neutral or cost saving of whatever, the Mayor responded that his changes to the City Administrator’s would “result in further revenue reductions.”