Tuesday, July 1, 2008

EdgerlyGate: Chip Johnson Demands Council Make Dellums Irrelevant

By Chris Thompson
Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 7:26 AM

The Chron's Chip Johnson fairly sputters over the Edgerly affair this morning, stopping just short of calling for Ron Dellums's resignation. First, Johnson focuses on a 2004 incident, in which the most qualified candidate for Oakland's equal employment opportunity office was passed over in favor of a friend of Assistant City Manager Cheryl Thompson; the candidate's, um, candidacy was abruptly terminated after Thompson learned that he had fought with his black boss at a previous job. In short, Johnson claims that City Hall is infected with a crippling culture of nepotism and racial patronage, and that Dellums doesn't have the stones to root it out. He begs the City Council to choose someone among their number (*cough* Nacho *cough*) to take the lead cleaning up city government, and urges Dellums to essentially remove himself from the day-to-day operation of City Hall. "How long will you defer to a do-nothing mayor while residents suffer from governmental negligence?" he asks the council.

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