A Bay Area Journalist's First-Hand Account Of How Mayor Jerry Brown Screwed Over Oakland On His Way To Sacramento



J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Oakland Unwrapped Column
UrbanView Newspaper
May 2, 2001

Item from a longer column:

Every so often, just for the hell of it, I pull up the Mayor’s official website [www.oaklandnet.com/government/government2.html] just to see what he’s doing. Always knew where to find Elihu in the old days…every Tuesday night he was presiding over the City Council. Brown is free of that particular encumbrance, so you have to catch as catch can. Now that the Mayor has announced for re-election, the link to his schedule has suddenly gotten some life to it, which is a good thing. Six months ago, the Mayor website used to indicate that he wasn’t doing anything at all, and I know that couldn’t be possible. These days, however, the Mayor’s web links still show some, um, curiosities. The first three articles listed under the "Mayor’s Interviews" link ("JB Editorial on Breaking Embargo with Cuba", "LA Times--Energy Issues", and "LA Times--Family Feud) bring back the message "story not found." That’s not a good sign for citizens sometimes having difficulty finding their mayor. The link to Brown’s Speeches is working allright, except that it connects to the Press Room of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (there’s no mention of Mayor Brown on that link, by the way). Why the Brookings Institution has anything to with the Mayor of Oakland is beyond me but, then, maybe I’m not bright enough to figure it out.