A public hearing was scheduled for Friday in Oakland to discuss a proposed state law that would allow Oakland to essentially circumvent California’s existing gun regulations in favor of something one city councilwoman suggested is better suited for violence-plagued Oakland.
This weekend Oakland’s Police Department is changing its strategy per the recommendation of consultant team on fighting crime by shrinking police districts. Critics say it doesn’t add more police.
The Oakland City Council approved spending $162,000 for two more months of the extra patrols.
Oakland City Council’s Finance Committee approved funding to rebuild the police department by unanimous vote on Tuesday. The three-step plan now goes to a vote before city council.
Residents of the Oakmore District of the Oakland Hills , where Mayor Jean Quan resides, met on Wednesday night to demand city leaders provide more police to stop escalating home-invasion robberies and other violent crimes.
An Oakland City councilmember said Thursday the city should explore whether officers from other police agencies could bolster staffing at the Oakland Police Department until the next academy class graduates.
One Oakland City Council member is encouraging residents to invest in home video cameras for security since the city is short on police officers.
Occupy protesters shouted down members of the Oakland City Council during a meeting at which the board was planned to vote on bolstering enforcement of protests in the city.
About 30 shouting Occupy Oakland protesters disrupted a news conference in which four City Council members and business leaders called for the immediate removal of the encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Now that Oakland’s labor unions have agreed to tentative concessions, a worst-case all-cuts budget appears to be off the table, and dozens of officers could get their jobs back.