Two new members have been appointed to the Measure Y Oversight Committee. Oh, excuse me, I meant the "Violence Prevention and Public Safety Oversight Committee." Whatev. Anyway, you can check out their resumes here.
Pretty impressive, actually. At least they graduated from high school. No seriously, they do have impressive resumes. But my issue is that everybody appointed to this committee seems to have a "violence prevention" bent. None of them are law and order types. No retired police officers. No police officers who live in Oakland but work in other jurisdictions. Nobody who actually has any insight whatsoever into how police departments should work or how community policing could and should work most effectively, from a police perspective. So when push comes to shove, on the MYOC, nobody's really interested in "diversity." As long as you believe these "programs" will "prevent" crime, we can just ignore the police component of the voter-approved mandates. Which by the way, continues to occur.
Measure Y (and its evil step-son, Measure BB) requires that community policing officers serve "solely" the residents of their own beats. It requires that at least six officers be assigned to a special, Measure Y funded "crime reduction team." But despite the specific language of Measure Y, and clear guidance from the court on this issue, the City reassigned numerous problem solving officers away from their beats to other duties; one PSO was assigned to a gang task force for 6 months; another was reassigned for at least three months; another was assigned as a field training officer for three months. And the CRT positions? Never filled, except for three months. Does the MYOC address any of these issues? Never. I looked at their agenda for tonight. Hogwash. Not even worth watching on KTOP. The committee continues to be a sad joke.