Oakland Residents React To Dellums' Decision

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) — Oakland mayor Ron Dellums brought federal stimulus money to the city and helped negotiate a garbage workers labor dispute. Now, the 74-year-old mayor has decided not to seek re-election.

In downtown Oakland, there wasn’t much sympathy for Dellums, and many said they felt he wasn’t active in the position.

One resident who voted for Dellums says she finds it hard to list his accomplishments.

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“I don’t know what he did,” she said. “He said there was less crime, but not in my neighborhood.”

This resident says Dellums was better as a congressman.

“I’m still trying to wrap my mind around why he became the mayor of Oakland,” he said.

Mayor Dellums had an icy relationship with the city council and was often criticized for not being fully engaged in budget discussions.

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