Pol in the Doldrums 

Oakland council leader Ignacio De La Fuente attributes absences to family issues.

Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente has been missing in action in the past few months. According to City Hall's independent reporter and gadfly Sanjiv Handa, he has repeatedly missed council committee meetings. The sudden absences are unusual for De La Fuente, who is passionate about city politics. During the Jerry Brown administration, many insiders believed he essentially ran the city.

Rumors have swirled around the rotunda that De La Fuente has been depressed since he lost decisively to Ron Dellums in last year's mayoral election. But in a phone interview last week, De La Fuente called those rumors "bullshit." Instead, he said he's taken time off in the past few months to deal with family issues surrounding the recent conviction of his son, Ignacio De La Fuente Jr. on multiple rape charges. De La Fuente Jr. agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for fourteen years. "You can't imagine how difficult it's been," the elder De La Fuente said. "On some days, it's been incredibly difficult."

Councilman Larry Reid, who had a falling-out earlier this year with De La Fuente over the council presidency, believes De La Fuente deserves plenty of slack. Despite the absences, Reid doesn't believe his old friend has lost his desire to govern. "I think his passion is still there," he says. "I just think it's hard because of what he and his family have been going through."

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in News

Author Archives

  • Keeping Police Misconduct Secret

    It seems clear that Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies only plan to reveal body-camera video if the footage shows that cops did nothing wrong.
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

    The increasingly over-the-top funeral services for police officers killed on the job are hugely disproportionate to the dangers of the profession.
    • Aug 5, 2015
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

  • California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

    The most credible effort is late out of the gate, while campaign warchests are missing in action. Meanwhile, California lawmakers are rushing to write rules for medical pot.
  • Keeping Police Misconduct Secret

    It seems clear that Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies only plan to reveal body-camera video if the footage shows that cops did nothing wrong.
  • The Damage of Youth Solitary Confinement in California

    East Bay advocates want juvenile jails to stop isolating inmates — but correction officials continue to argue that the questionable tactic is essential to control "dangerous" kids.
  • East Oakland Residents to Breathe Easier

    Activists led a successful campaign to reroute diesel-spewing trucks away from residential streets.
  • Banking on Coal in Oakland

    Records show that a secretive plan to ship coal through the Port of Oakland is being driven by a company that wants to massively expand its coal mining operations in Utah and by a public official who stands to profit personally.

Special Reports

Local Economy 2015

Everything you need to know about the entrepreneurs and activists making the economy tick in Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater East Bay.

Summer Guide 2015

Your definitive guide to summertime entertainment, outings, eating, drinking, and more.

© 2015 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation