Crime Dropped Significantly Under Ron Dellums | Politics & Government | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | Robert Gammon
DECEMBER 15, 2010 By Robert Gammon
Critics relentlessly skewered Ron Dellums throughout his mayoral tenure for being detached from his job. Some of those criticisms were legitimate. But when historians look back at the ex-Congressman’s four years as mayor of Oakland, they may not be so harsh, particularly when examining violent crime in Oakland.
That’s because there’s no denying the fact that homicides and other violent crimes dropped significantly on Dellums’ watch.Through November 28, homicides were down in Oakland by 19 percent year-to-date compared to 2009. There were 77 homicides through November 28, compared to 95 over the same time period last year, according to police department statistics. Homicides also have plummeted 31 percent since Dellums’ first year in office. In 2007, there were 111 homicides through the end of November of that year.