This is perhaps the best response/question I have seen so far regarding the Oakland Mayor and the idiotic protesters in Oakland and elsewhere!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2011
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the
Oakland Police Officers’ Association
We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.
As your police officers, we are confused.
On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.
Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.
To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.
That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.” But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?
It is all very confusing to us.
Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.
The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even “staffing,” spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.
All of these mixed messages are confusing.
We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.
Posted by Alameda County taxpayer, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm
The public unions hyjacked the Oakland Occupy and called for (what else?) a strike....'USING" the occupy to pump lies into them. It's over. Every taxpayer in Oakland who doesn't want to foot the bill of public unions, plus paying them to do their jobs...should strike ! Of course, as an Alameda County taxpayer, I'll follow that I don't get stuck with a single cent. The 'message' is over, hyjacked by public union thugs and strikers. It's over. Final nail after the jerk Michael Moore was there last week...The message of college kids was trampled by these intruding xxxxx.
I don't intend to pay overtime for Pleasanton cops or Alameda to cover these costs. It's been ruined. Stop it now.
Posted by Slim Jim, a resident of the Canyon Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Forgot to mention Acorn, didn't you? What other dimwitted things will you have to say today, I wonder. Nothing will surprise. Just a mean old man, unable to engage the issues, instead resorts to a nastiness which comes from a failed life.
Posted by Big Poppa, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
I say let them riot. I'm a police officer who had to go to Oakland twice because of the Occupiers. So far Ive been paid for 30 hours of overtime so I say let them riot and occupy. Im glad Quan is an idiot that will ensure OT for me and other first responders.
Posted by small d, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm
West Oakland was the best pre-1955. Women could walk the streets at night without being afraid. The best area for kids to play in the streets - neighbors helped neighbors. Neighbors knew neighbors. Renters and owners alike took pride in their property. There were movie theatres, museums, libraries, catholic and public schools. Parks and playgrounds. Many great athletes came out of West Oakland (not East Oakland). There were streetcars and trains. Bars and restaurants that knew who everyone was. Police officers who watched over the neighborhoods - they were our friends. Political intervention ruined West Oakland - nothing else. With the right direction West Oakland can once again thrive. Just bring back pre-1955.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Sorry if I embarrassed you Slim. It stinks being shown up in public, eh? Try harder next time. I can only assume you approve of acorns bigoted and illegal tactics. So, where in your spiteful rant directed at me did you address the issue in the story? Your sniping is only effective if you hit your target.
Posted by Dave, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:06 am
Read the following and try to tell me honestly that the protestors have a clue!!!!
Occupy Oakland’s Dangerous ‘Strike’
A toxic mix of thugs, freeloaders, and spineless politicians
The next stage of the Aimless Occupation of America is upon us: On Wednesday, rabble-rousers in the San Francisco Bay Area will walk off jobs they don’t have and encourage everyone else around the country to abandon work to protest high unemployment.
The Occupiers are calling their organized day of inaction a “Mass Day of Action.” The Carpenters Local 713, the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, and the Industrial Workers of the World have all endorsed the “general strike.” Longshore workers and their union agitators are rooting for the shutdown of the Port of Oakland. Teachers’ unions will push students and educators to play hooky. Their posters urge: “No Work. No School. Occupy Everywhere.”
A city suffering from chronic poverty, out-of-control crime, a $76 million budget deficit, and a 15 percent unemployment rate (nearly 50 percent for Oakland’s youth) can hardly afford such social-justice follies. But a pushover Democratic mayor and an overwhelmed police force have put what’s left of gainfully employed Oakland at the mercy of professional freeloaders and anti-capitalism saboteurs.
Instead of unequivocally condemning efforts to paralyze downtown commerce, Oakland city officials have all expressed sympathy for the protesters. For a brief moment, the city-council president fretted meekly about the city’s image after a violent clash between Camp Chaos inhabitants and law-enforcement officers last week. Nevertheless, city leaders — or rather, city enablers — have informed public employees that they can use vacation or other paid time to ditch their offices and raise their fists in solidarity with the Occupiers.
Instead of targeting local bank-branch managers and private-sector entrepreneurs, the protesters should be camping out at government offices and asking where all the tens of millions of dollars in federal Obama-stimulus funding went over the past two years — including $40 million from the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly $30 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $26 million from the Department of Justice, $24 million from the Transportation Department, $15 million from the Department of Education, and $5.3 million from the Environmental Protection Agency.
One local analysis found last year that the Oakland Housing Authority squandered nearly $11 million in federal renovation and clean-up stimulus grants to create a measly 10.7 jobs.
It would all be an amusing object lesson on the impotence of the welfare state, if not for the looming shadow of violence that hangs like stubborn Bay Area fog over the movement. In 2003, a like-minded mob of police-provoking anarchists, antiwar organizers, and progressive activists descended on the Port of Oakland to coordinate a “Day of Action.” They hurled concrete, wood, and iron bolts at cops while attempting to block military shipments to soldiers in wartime — and then whined about police brutality.
Fast-forward eight years. This week’s “Day of Action” is spearheaded by the likes of Oakland rapper Boots Riley, a militant self-declared “Communist” who penned “5 Million Ways To Kill a CEO” (“Toss a dollar in the river and when he jump in / If you find he can swim, put lead boots on him and do it again”) and “Lazy Muthaf**kas” (“You ain’t never learned to drive or tie your shoe / I got my ear to the street and my eye on you . . . You’re a lazy m*********! Lazy m*********!”). After the 9/11 attacks, I reported on Riley’s appalling album cover depicting him partying in front of a doctored image of the World Trade Center being blown up.
Like fellow Occupier, 9/11 conspiracy theorist, and Oakland community organizer Van Jones, Riley has long stoked anti-police grievances. In “Pork and Beef,” he rapped: “If you got beef with C-O-Ps / Throw a Molotov at the P-I-Gs.”
Add to this toxic mix the thugs of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The planned march on Oakland’s port is being billed as an expression of “solidarity with longshore workers in their struggle” against grain importer EGT. In Longview, Wash., wildcat union workers cut train brake lines, smashed windows, dumped grain, and took hostages earlier this fall to protest the company’s decision to employ not non-union workers, but workers from a competing shop. A federal judge fined the ILWU $250,000 after it defied a court restraining order. Even Obama’s National Labor Relations Board was forced to issue a complaint against the union’s “violent and aggressive” actions.
The unapologetic local union president vowed: “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” Mark those words.
Posted by Slim Jim, a resident of the Canyon Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm
I can tell you honestly that Ann Coulter wannabe Michelle Malkin doesn't have a clue and never has had a clue.
Who published her book? Creators Syndicate? Wow, I bet that one went through a rigorous review process before it was published. It always amuses me that with hundreds of bona fide book publishers out there, a hack like Malkin has to admit none will publish her slop and goes with Creators Syndicate. Next step: Koch bros will buy up tens of thousands of copies, giving it a bump in sales ratings, and send to soft-headed right wingers like Jimbo the liar, dave the birdland parrot, and steve the village idiot.