Seriously, I’m tired of it. A recall is a pointless waste of time and money, and would be a terrible distraction from the important issues facing Oakland. If the Mayor is not doing anything productive to move the city forward, that’s unfortunate. But it also doesn’t mean that we can’t see any progress. That’s what the City Council is for. They’re the ones who pass legislation and fund programs, and it’s only their own inertia that’s keeping them from doing so now. I’m expecting that the City Council’s lethargic attitude will change next year when we (hopefully) get some fresh blood. I’m certainly not a fan of the Mayor’s performance, but the blame for our problems does not rest squarely on his shoulders, and people need to remember to spread it around fairly. If the Mayor submits a bad police recruiting strategy or a half-baked housing plan, or a ludicrous proposal for Army Base development, there is nothing stopping the Council from just voting no. And if the Mayor doesn’t do anything at all, there’s nothing stopping the Council from introducing their own business attraction incentive programs or whatever else it is we want to do and he can go spend all his time soliciting philanthropic money for school health clinics or whatever it is he does with his time and everyone will be happy.
And if that didn’t persuade you, maybe this will. If we recall Dellums, Don Perata will be Oakland’s next Mayor. A special election will take only a plurality, not a majority, of votes, and we all know that there will be plenty of hats in that ring, but only one with serious name recognition and serious money. Anti-Perata votes will get split among like ten people, and he’ll send out like ten billion mailers, and he will win. So unless you want Don Perata to be Mayor, stop talking about recalling Dellums and spend your time cleaning up your street or volunteering at the food bank or harassing your Councilmember for action instead. Then volunteer for someone else when the next normal Mayoral election comes around.