Father of Paralyzed Boy Defends Dellums



The father of the 10-year-old boy paralyzed by a stray bullet while taking piano lessons thinks Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is getting a bad rap, according to the Associated Press. "We like the mayor. We like what he stands for," AP quoted Richard Rodriguez as saying in a story published yesterday in the San Jose Mercury News. "I think he gets a bad deal because I think he inherited this problem of crime, he didn't create this problem. This has been going on for decades." The AP story was written by former Oakland Tribune reporter Jason Dearen and includes a rare sit-down interview with the media-reclusive Dellums.