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  Loyalty or else in King Dellums' realm
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ContributorBob Sacamano 
Last EditedBob Sacamano  Dec 13, 2008 03:23pm
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MediaNewspaper - San Francisco Chronicle
News DateFriday, December 12, 2008 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe city of Oakland no longer operates under a representative democracy - it's now a monarchy.

And within the confines of that form of government, any criticism or disloyalty directed at the king - whether real or imagined - is dealt with.

Consider the case of Anne Campbell Washington, an assistant city administrator who resigned her position last week under unrelenting pressure from the mayor's office.

Her crime: She gave an affectionate hug to an elderly woman who spoke at a City Council meeting against a Dellums appointment to the city's housing authority commission in early October.

When word of Campbell Washington's treason got back to the mayor's office, it didn't matter that the woman was a relative. Nor did it matter that Campbell Washington was widely recognized as one of the most capable people connected with the mayor's office.
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