OAKLAND (BCN) — Mayor Ron Dellums announced Monday he won’t give his final “State of the City” address in person and will instead post it in written and video formats on the city’s website.

Dellums, who will turn 75 later this month, has rarely been seen in public in recent months.

Fliers on his website said he would give a State of the City address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. One flier said the speech would be given at the Oakland Marriott at 1001 Broadway, but an updated flier switched the location to City Hall.

Oakland officials, however, sent out an email message today that read, “In lieu of a public address this Wednesday, Mayor Dellums has opted to provide a comprehensive, printed State of the City report and accompanying video chronicling his four-year administration.”

The report and video will be available online at www.oaklandnet.com on Wednesday.

Printed copies of the report will be available at the Oaklanders Assistance Center on the ground floor of City Hall and at senior centers and libraries throughout the city, according to the message.

Dellums will be replaced in January by City Councilwoman Jean Quan, who narrowly came out on top in a 10-candidate race in which ranked-choice voting was used for the first time.

Dellums’ decision not to give his State of the City address in public this year contrasts with his attitude a few days before he gave his last such address on Feb. 22.

After telling reporters that he hadn’t yet decided whether to seek re-election, Dellums said his address represented a “once-a-year opportunity to directly communicate with the community in a way that’s unfiltered by the media, and I plan to seize that moment.”

Dellums’ critics have said that he doesn’t spend enough time at City Hall.

At a news conference about the city’s budget in June, Dellums admitted he’s not at City Hall every day but said, “I’m the master strategist.”

“In the world of computers and the world of telephones and the world of faxes, you can do this job anywhere,” he said.

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Comments (4)
  1. Mini Boy says:

    “master strategist”, indeed. Does this buffoon think that everyone is as clueless as he is? He obviously canceled the “State of the City” address because he has accomplished nothing and thus had nothing to report. Dellums has been guilty of impersonating a mayor all of these years and should seriously provide restitution for all of the time he spent away from the job. If he had any self-respect, he would move far away from Oakland so that he wouldn’t have to hang his head in shame for the fraud he perpetrated upon the good folks of Oakland.

  2. Mad Mike says:

    “rarely seen in public in recent months” Sounds like Castro. Is THAT who has been presiding over Oakland? No wonder it sucks…..

  3. Russell says:

    I wonder if all the Dellums supports and thos who voted for him… still support this shadow of a man. A hallow man. I did not know his receord during his tenure in the State Assembly but if his time as Oakland’s mayor is any indication, I now know, he was a fake and phony. Yet again, one of Oakland’s sad sad stories. Shame on you Ron!

  4. Nathaniel says:

    Ron dum dum Dellums will go down in history as the absolute worst Mayor in Oakland. When you look at the losers that put this moron in office, it should give the clueless a reason as to why Oakland is the way it is. The only qualification dum dum had was that he was black.

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