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



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.