Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dellums Breaks Tie Vote for the First Time

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums exercised his power to break tie votes on the city council for the first time last night, in a move that sent former Planning Commissioner Michael Lighty to the port commission, the Trib reports. The council had deadlocked on Dellums’ nomination of Lighty earlier this month in a 4-4 vote. Lighty, who has a reputation for being independent and voting his conscience, will replace longtime Port Commissioner Anthony Batarse, a close friend and ally of Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente.

Dellums also continues to reconsider his nomination of anti-gay-marriage donor Lorenzo Hoopes to the Paramount Theatre board of directors. Dellums had said he planned to make a decision on the Hoopes’ nomination, which has drawn strong opposition from Oakland’s gay and lesbian community, by last night’s council meeting. But then the mayor changed gears and decided he needed more time to decide whether to withdraw Hoopes’ nomination permanently. The Chron reports that there likely aren’t enough votes on the council for Hoopes’ nomination to win final approval.

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