Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Must Read: Oakland Council Allocates Measure I Funding; Confirms Imani to Port Board

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council approved a funding plan that would direct most Measure I funds to the police department if it’s passed by voters, the Chron reports. The funding plan, approved by a majority of the council, would direct $6.2 million annually to police for hiring new cops and crime analysts and buying equipment. Measure I, a parcel tax being voted on in a mail-in-ballot election, would raise about $11 million each year. The council decided to approve a funding plan before the outcome of Measure I is known because of criticism that the ballot measure wasn’t specific enough for how the money is to be spent.

Jakada Imani with Van Jones.
  • Jakada Imani with Van Jones.
2. The Oakland council also confirmed Jakada Imani, executive director of the internationally known Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, to the port commission, the Trib reports. The council voted 5-3 for Imani. Previously, some councilmembers had blocked Imani’s confirmation because they wanted Mayor Jean Quan to reappoint port commissioner Margaret Gordon.

3. The council also agreed to pay $1.7 million to the family of an Oakland man who died in 2000 after he said he was beaten savagely by Oakland police, the Chron and Trib report. Amaro died of pneumonia caused by multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung. Cops originally denied beating Amaro but a follow-up Internal Affairs investigation cast serious doubt on their stories.

4. Ex-Mayor Ron Dellums testified in a Hayward courtroom yesterday in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, the Chron reports. Edgerly claims that Dellums fired her because she is a woman, a charge that Dellums tearfully denied in court. The city council previously agreed to pay $500,000 to Edgerly’s deputy Cheryl Thompson, who also said she was wrongfully fired, but decided to go ahead and fight Edgerly’s case in court.

5. And so far, Oakland officials have been much more accommodating to the Occupy Movement in the East Bay than San Francisco officials, but that could change, the Chron reports, because of health concerns at the large encampment in front of Oakland City Hall.

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