If you haven’t done so yet, I highly recommend reading dto510′s take on Dellums’s “mistakes were made” press conference yesterday.
The whole thing is worth reading. I don’t have much to add, but I do want to respond to a challenge in the post that I’m pretty sure was directed at me:
Perhaps a more research-oriented blogger may look at how many employees we have per-capita, but since…
dto510 is in luck! Thanks to a truly amazing product called the Statistical Abstract of the United States, I, without doing any research or even math of my own, can tell you that Oakland, as of 2005, had 138 full time equivalent (FTE) positions per 10,000 residents, up from 128 in 1995. I can also tell you that during the ten years we added those 400 new positions, our payroll more than doubled, and the average monthly earnings for full-time employees swelled from $4,483 to $7,397.
How do we compare to other large cities? See for yourself (PDF).
And really, please do head over to Future Oakland and read “Dellums admits budget errors, prepares to make more.