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Jan 18, 1999, Vol. 4, No. 17 • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
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Brown's ace in the hole: city manager Robert Bobb. Even before Brown was elected, some supporters were arguing that, yes, the peripatetic Brown probably would get bored with the minutiae of governing Oakland. But that was not a bad thing, because Bobb could run the city -- better than Moonbeam -- leaving Brown free to do what he does best: contemplate his navel and attract national press coverage.

Brown certainly is anxious to upgrade Oakland's image. As he said in his inaugural address, "There's a there there." Deep.

Debra J. Saunders writes a nationally syndicated column for the San Francisco Chronicle.