OAKLAND -- In a move sure to further befuddle Oakland residents about the intentions of their leader, Mayor Ron Dellums abruptly canceled an event Wednesday billed as his "final State of the City address."
City staff from several departments had been working for weeks on gathering information about accomplishments during the mayor's four-year tenure. That information is included in a report and video that will be posted to the city's website Wednesday, according to a news release Monday afternoon.
When asked why the event was canceled, senior aide Marisol Lopez said that it really had only been postponed. She said the mayor decided he prefers a different format than the one he originally envisioned. She said he plans to reach out to a larger audience than would have attended Wednesday's event at City Hall, perhaps through social media.
"He said he would address his constituents in a different format, and we're finalizing details," Lopez said.
The mayor's office issued a news release about the cancellation despite never having issued a news release about the event in the first place. Spokeswoman Karen Boyd said the original announcement was sent to constituent groups, not the press. Even Council President Jane Brunner said she was not aware that an address had been scheduled, let alone canceled.
Dellums gave his last State of the City address in February, when many were still wondering whether he would seek a second term.
The address will be available at www.oaklandnet.com on Wednesday, Boyd said. Printed copies of the report will be available at the Oaklanders Assistance Center, located on the ground floor of City Hall, and reference copies will be available at many of the city's senior centers and libraries.
Boyd said she was not sure if Dellums will speak in public again before leaving office.
Staff writer Sean Maher contributed to this story.