Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' head of communications Paul Rose is leaving Oakland City Hall for a new jobs with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. As I told Richard Parks of The Bay Citizen.org, and who called for my opinion of Paul's move, it does not mean Mayor Dellums isn't running for reelection.
Now, Richard called me because I worked for two Mayors of Oakland, Elihu Harris and Jerry Brown, so because of that, and a lot of friends, I have some idea of what happens in that office in Oakland City Hall. Frankly, Rose has found it hard to get Mayor Dellums to come into the New Media landscape. Mayor Dellums' Old Media idea of withholding information only has served to allow the development of a negative media pool around Dellums.
I know Rose tried like heck to change that, but in the end, Rose has to consider his future. Of all of the staff that worked for Mayor Dellums, Rose is one who gave it a good go. Still, I think the best staffer is the one who doesn't agree with the Mayor when it matters most. The question is, can Dellums handle that kind of person?
At first, I would have said "no" but Dellums has gotten better in that area. Too litle too late? Yeah. But you gotta start somewhere.
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