The People’s Council Holds Court in Oakland


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THE MONTHLY BRIEFING

 

May Day Protests Get Out of Hand

What Went on in the East Bay

 

Auto Row Row May Day vandals inflicted hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage upon Broadway Auto Row, burning cars and breaking car and business windows. Police were slow to act, Mayor Schaaf conceded. The mayhem followed an earlier protest that yet again vandalized Bar Dogwood.

 

City Takeover The “People’s Council,” carrying bullhorns and yoga mats concealing plastic tubing, stormed an Oakland City Council meeting and took over the dais in protest over city land near Lake Merritt being sold for a market-rate housing high-rise. Police did nothing.

 

More Police? The mayor’s budget proposes adding 40 police officers, estimated to cost about $6.7 million, starting next year. That would mean 762 officers, the most since 2010.

 

Shuttered Doctors Medical Center closed, leaving West Contra Costa County residents without care. The public hospital was said to be losing about $18 million a year.

 

NBA MVP Warriors point guard Stephen Curry earned the NBA’s MVP award, receiving 100 of 130 first-place votes. Following a pregame ceremony in his honor, the Warriors lost at home to Memphis, foreshadowing a tough playoff matchup.

 

Living Library? Alameda County libraries tossed 172,000 to 400,000 books over the past two years. The Library Book Savers of Alameda persuaded county officials to place a moratorium on such book disposals so policies can be reviewed.

 

Failed VA Oakland VA employees reportedly misplaced 13,184 compensation and disability claims for as long as a decade. The mismanagement meant veterans never got the benefits they were seeking or only after prolonged delay.

 

Mighty Merger Artisanal roaster Blue Bottle Coffee Company and gourmet bakery Tartine have merged and are planning expansion with new locations and new markets. Whether the partnership will reduce the often-snaking lines at both upscale businesses remains to be seen.

 

Amazing Mother Marilyn Washington Harris was named Oakland’s Mother of the Year by the Parks and Recreation Department. A mother of four, she founded the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence, a local nonprofit offering support to the families of homicide victims through help, hope, and healing.

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