This is exactly what’s wrong with Ron Dellums’s approach to governing Oakland. It explains why he’s eager to bankrupt our fund reserves and spend money we don’t have on whatever half-baked plan pops into his head.
Dellums is realistic about what lies ahead.
“We work diligently here, constantly, trying to deal with these issues. You get on a plane, you go to Washington, you beg for money. You go to foundations and you beg for money. You say ‘Give us the resources to help us do the job every day.’
I know I’ve complained about this before, but it continues to frustrate me to no end. If Oakland is ever going to improve, we have to figure out how to make things work with the resources we have. Yes, that’s difficult. But I believe it’s doable. Dellums isn’t even interested in trying. As long as our Mayor is operating from the basic assumption that Oakland is doomed without substantial amounts of charity, we’re never going to see any improvement, and we’re never going to see any effort from his office to use our limited resources wisely.