Not Paying to Play Still Costs Money Under Mayor-Elect Ron Dellums

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The people of Oakland will need more than their brilliance and their genius if they want to get special treatment during Ron Dellums' first week as mayor in January - they'll need cold, hard cash. Matier & Ross report that Dellums is sending out letters hitting up developers and other businesses for up to $50,000 (the "visionary" level) to help finance his week-long inaugural celebration. Ironically, the fundraising letter contains a passage in which Dellums promises to end the "backroom deals" and "pay to play" environment in City Hall.

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