It was clear that a rift had opened between Dellums and some on council after the mayor urged councilmembers to immediately approve a $7.7 million recruitment and training package last week - and then criticized members when they decided they needed more time before a vote.
"I hate that this thing is being rushed and that we were backed into a corner to react the way we are," said Councilmember Larry Reid (Elmhurst-East Oakland), head of the public safety committee. "That's very troubling to me, because I take my job very seriously."
Dellums' original proposal asked the council to spend at total of $7.7 million in Measure Y money on police training academies, advertising and marketing, recruitment visits, "Grow Our Own" programs for Oakland youth and to speed up the department's application process.
Voters approved Measure Y in 2004 to boost public-safety spending, though the majority of police spending still comes from general funds.
The committee gave its approval to the Dellums proposal only after taking steps to limit Measure Y's contribution, demanding that officer bonuses be part of the package and insisting that the city spent less than $1.5 million on advertising and marketing, as Dellums had asked for.
Lenore Anderson, Dellums'
Councilmember Nancy Nadel (Downtown-West Oakland) was particularly adamant that a bonus for officers who have college degrees be included.
"We've been asking for a signing bonus for college graduates for months and months and months and months and months," she said. "And it would seem that just out of respect, we would have seen it in the proposal."