Ron Dellums Cleans House



Yesterday, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced he was firing four key city officials: finance director Bill Noland, budget director Sarah Schlenck, personnel director Marcia Meyers, and parking manager Francine Lakrith-Thompson. Dellums has already lined up their replacements: investment banker Joe Yew for Noland, S.F. Housing Authority finance gal Cheryl Taylor for Schlenck, human resources paper-pusher Wendell Pryor for Meyers, and Cal parking director Noel Pinto for Lakrith-Thompson. The Trib got ahold of Noland, who said he wasn't fired for performance reasons, but the mayor wanted his own people in key positions. As usual, Dellums' office refused to comment.