If the Oakland City Council deadlocks at 4-4 tonight on the proposed condo-conversion ordinance, Mayor Jerry Brown will cast the deciding vote. (In Oakland, an item requires five votes to pass.) Opponents of the proposal figure Brown will vote in favor of the ordinance, so they've come up with a plan to keep the mayor on the sidelines. In the event of a tie, Councilwoman Jean Quan, who opposes the condo conversion law, says at least one of the council's condo-critics will abstain instead of voting no. Technically, that means there would be no tie for Brown to break.
Right now, we count four council members in favor of the ordinance (Desley Brooks, Ignacio De La Fuente, Henry Chang, and Larry Reid) and three against (Quan, Jane Brunner, and Nancy Nadel). That leaves Pat Kernighan as the critical swing vote. According to the Trib, she hasn't made up her mind.
From a political angle, Kernighan owes De La Fuente for helping her get re-elected. Does Nacho cash in a chit?
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