Dellums Agrees to Pay Cut; Wants to Kill Slush Funds

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has offered to cut his pay by 10 percent and slash his office’s budget by 20 percent to help solve the city’s huge budget problem, according to the Chron and Trib. The mayor also proposed eliminating slush-fund accounts, known as “pay-go,” from both his own office and those of the eight city council members. Dellums rightly labeled pay-go as “not good policy” that “perpetuates parochialism.” Council members have historically used the slush funds to improve their individual districts, as opposed to supporting programs that benefit all of Oakland.

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