Former City Manager Robert Bobb told the Chron that he’s preparing to run for mayor of Oakland. He said he is looking for a house in Oakland with his wife. He currently is running the financially troubled Detroit public school system, but that job ends early next year. The Express reported earlier this year that Bobb was considering a run. As a well-known and respected African American in a city in which blacks still have a plurality, Bobb will be a formidable candidate. He also has strong connections and commands respect in the Oakland business community. And he may be the only candidate who can give former state Senator Don Perata a run for his money.