Mayor Dellums and the Chronicle:

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Mayor Ronald V. Dellums presenting certificates of appreciation to some of the 25 interns who assisted the Mayor and his successful 2006 election campaign at an event held at Everett & Jones Barbecue restaurant. Photo by Gene Hazzard, 2006.

The Stories They Missed

By Post Staff

Mayor Dellums won the Mayoral election easily without a run-off and without the endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle.
So how do they cover Oakland’s mayor now, the mayor they did not choose?
Seven of the many stories the Chronicle missed on the issues that matter most to Oaklanders: jobs and development, public safety, air quality, especially in West Oakland, HIV/AIDS, successes of our youth.
a) Mayor Dellums proposed a policy that would maintain the land needed for businesses and jobs to grow in Oakland. His policy was endorsed by the Central Labor Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Task Forces. These groups held a press conference, went to City Council, and were successful in winning most of the Mayor’s policy. This is the first forward motion on this issue after years and years of arguing. The Chronicle did not send a reporter to the press conference and did not write one word about this major accomplishment.
b) The Mayor encouraged the Port Commission to pass the Major Maritime Air Quality Policy which will actually change the health conditions of people in West Oakland. It passed unanimously; the Chronicle wrote nothing about it;
c) Mayor Dellums restructured the police department into three geographic areas to make the police more accountable and community policing more possible. The Chronicle did not report one word;
d) The Mayor sponsored a job fair in East Oakland which turned out 600 Oaklanders and many employers. The Chronicle did not cover it;
e) “Get Screened Oakland” is a Mayor-initiative to screen our residents for HIV/AIDS – no word in the Chronicle;
f) Oakland is the first city in the Bay Area to have two LEED certified buildings – not a word;
g) The Mayor regularly visits the communities of Oakland, in order to dialogue with residents about their thoughts and needs. Using West Oakland as one example, the Mayor sponsored two events in DeFremery Park, rallied with the victorious basketball team at McClymonds, celebrated with those working on the Wood Street Train Station, partied at a local art studio, spoke to a celebration for his appointee to the Port Commissioner: West Oakland resident, Margaret Gordon, and on and on.
Maybe to be fair, we could ask the Chronicle to adopt a new policy and a new headline for their front page, “Since we can’t cover Oakland fairly, we won’t claim to cover it at all.”