So I was annoyed by Chip Johnson’s column yesterday, and then even more annoyed by all the fawning comments about how right it was. In case you didn’t read it, the idea is that Dellums should have hired former Emeryville City Manager John Flores to replace Deborah Edgerly, it was a mistake for him to pass up that opportunity and hire Bobb to conduct a search instead, and now Dellums should just hire Bobb as our new City Administrator, because even though he “wasn’t perfect,” he was pretty good.
I don’t have anything against John Flores or Robert Bobb, but I just find the whole premise really insulting to Oakland. It’s a testament to how lost this City is that people think we have to look to our past as the only hope for our future. Do people honestly think we’re that special, that unique that there’s nobody else who can handle things here? Newsflash: other cities, of all different sizes, all over the country, have the exact same challenges as we do, and they all deal with unions and nepotism and budget problems and everything else we face around here, with varying degrees of success. We’ve got 300 million people in this country! It’s preposterous to pretend that the only two of them capable of handling Oakland are one who already has and one who did the city next door. Bobb’s firm was hired to conduct a nationwide search for qualified candidates, and that’s exactly what he should do.
Oh! Speaking of things that annoy me, I tried to go to the library yesterday and this is what I saw where I got there:
WTF is “Admissions Day”, and why do we shut down the City for it?