OAKLAND — Mayor Ron Dellums announced Monday he will not break a tie vote of the Oakland City Council to decide whether the San Jose Sharks should manage the Oakland Ice Center.

The mayor feels strongly there should be a clear line between the executive and legislative branches of government and a strong separation of powers, said Karen Stevenson, the mayor's spokeswoman.

In a letter to the council, tied 4-4 on the issue, Dellums urged the council to take another shot at resolving the issue.

"As a matter of general principle, I believe that the City

Council should endeavor to resolve these types of matters without my involvement," Dellums said.

Dellums continues to believe the City Charter should be changed to expand the mayor's veto powers, and is hopeful community members will spearhead an effort to put that question to voters, Stevenson said.

Two weeks ago, dozens of ice enthusiasts urged the council to reject the Sharks' offer and pick Virginia-based Rink Management Services Corp., saying they were concerned the Sharks would increase prices and end programs.

The Sharks management team would not receive a fee to operate the rink, but would earn 70 percent of all revenue in excess of $73,000, with the rest going to the city.

Rink Management, whose bid was ranked the highest by the city staff, would charge the city a flat fee to operate the rink.

Under the council's rules of procedure, without a vote from the mayor, the motion to award the contract to the Sharks will fail. The council then will consider a previous motion, made by Councilmember Desley Brooks (Eastmont-Seminary), to award the measure to Rink Management.

Council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) and Councilmembers Henry Chang Jr. (At-Large), Jean Quan (Montclair-Laurel) and Jane Brunner (North Oakland) voted to pick the Sharks team.

In addition to Brooks, Councilmembers Larry Reid (Elmhurst-East Oakland), Pat Kernighan (Grand Lake-Chinatown) and Nancy Nadel (Downtown-West Oakland) voted against the Sharks proposal.

The council meets at 7 tonight in the council chambers at City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza.

E-mail Heather MacDonald at hmacdonald@oaklandtribune.com