After Chief Leaves, Oakland Mayor Builds On His Crime-Fighting Ideas


Capping her toughest week in office, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan attempted to make a comeback on Saturday by unveiling a public safety plan at a summit she convened to deal with crime, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Made up of the bones left over from former Police Chief Anthony Batts and the good intentions of former Mayor Ron Dellums, Quan attempted to stitch together a quilt of many colors and present it as a comprehensive crime plan. “It is part of the plan he (Batts) came up with, but ours includes county and district attorney strategies,” said Sue Piper, Quan’s spokeswoman. “It builds on what he began.”

Two days after Batts announced his intent to resign in November, city officials replaced him with Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan. Batts said he decided to resign because Oakland City Hall made it impossible for him to do his job. Quan’s additions to his plan – largely remedies focused on youth violence, community organizing, and code enforcement – sound more like a wish list with redundant catchphrases like “community consensus” and “shared goals,” which are essentially the same thing. What’s lacking are any real details about how any of these goals will be attained. The mayor’s plan targets 100 blocks of the city, and increases patrols in police districts where officials estimate 90 percent of the city’s violent crimes have taken place over the last decade.

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