A Bay Area Journalist's First-Hand Account Of How Mayor Jerry Brown Screwed Over Oakland On His Way To Sacramento
THE PUBLIC SAFETY RECORD OF OAKLAND MAYOR JERRY BROWN
"Seven Murders In A Single Weekend"
"During the late mayoral campaign, Jerry Brown made a great issue of stating how much the crime rate had come down since he became mayor of Oakland. During the various debates I waited…patiently…for someone to ask the most obvious question: what, exactly and specifically, had the Mayor and his staff done to bring the crime rate down? I never heard the question asked, and so I never heard it answered. This is also the type of question that big-city news media generally ask of city officials. But Jerry Brown doesn’t hold press conferences, and the Bay Area media doesn’t seem to care enough to force him to do so, and so we’re left without details on the Mayor’s anti-crime policies. In the absence of facts, we can only conclude that the downturn in Oakland crime over the past several years was merely blind luck. Last weekend, our luck ran out.
"Seven murders in a single weekend.
"Everything has consequences, even neglect. And during the four years of the Brown Administration, we have followed a policy that has pretty much neglected the lesser-income neighborhoods and peoples of this city. Some of us thought it was cute and clever. Some of us didn’t care. Some of us thought that if nobody said anything about it, we could get by. We didn’t."
From the "Seven Murders In A Single Weekend"column
SEVEN MURDERS IN A SINGLE WEEKEND
HOW VERY JERRY
A FINGER IN THE WIND
JERRY BROWN'S NO CAPED CRUSADER
THE IMPACT OF OPERATION IMPACT
ANOTHER OAKLAND EXPERIMENT
MR. HENDERSON SWINGS, MR. BROWN DUCKS
THE DARK FIGURES OF THE NIGHT
GETTING THE MAYOR'S ATTENTION
THE POLITICS OF POLICE PATROLS
A VIOLENCE DIALOGUE
A VIOLENCE DIALOGUE, AGAIN
ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES
THE ONE HUNDRED MOST UNWANTED
PUTTING IT IN CONTEXT
MR. BROWN'S VICTIM-BLAMING
AND NOW THE OAKLAND FINGERPRINT FOULUP