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@Winemiller: Remember how Quan exaggerated the number of highly paid OPD officers by a factor of ten? Remember how she said 95 percent of all violent crime was in five police beats of the city? If anyone is unqualified to chatter about history in these short comments, it is the Jean Quan machine - of which you are a proud part.
It appears that several of the five OPD officers to be charged were hired during former mayor Jean Quan's pre-election rush to add staff to OPD after she had spent years shrinking the force - because the staffing level was an issue in the approaching mayoral election. Quan pushed for "diversity" in recruitment; that was more important for her than qualification to become an officer. Quan lost her re-election bid, but her legacy of throwing public safety under the boat for political purposes takes its toll on us again and again.
So the wheels of justice turn for twelve officers; too slowly for the rabid anti-police agitators who condemn a department of 700-plus officers, but they turn. Now could we have some attention to the fact that Oakland has two to three times the robberies, burglaries, and assaults as most major cities, half the police in ratio to population, yet a poverty rate right in the middle of the poverty rates for the other cities?
"programs to improve the health of our kids" - No, all the money - paid disproportionately by poor people - would go into the general fund. If you think the tax revenue will expand such programs, you are idealistic but misinformed. The City of Oakland has honed the art of switching revenues around to knife-blade sharpness. Measure Y will add more police? Heck, we paid the tax and got fewer police.
The first distributor into Oakland would pay the tax. That is the legislation. After that, the distributor can recover his costs through the price of anything he sells, including milk. When he sells to a retail grocer at these prices, the grocer can recover his costs on anything he sells, from milk to diapers.
While the Express writers try to spin uncertainty, other media present hard reporting about Guap in Florida. *** Whether you have sympathy or not for this woman, anything she says clearly has no credibility. Shame on those who use this case for their attacks on Oakland police and their careerist campaign for "oversight" positions at taxpayer expense.
@ Tommy Katz: The grocer compares whether he will lose less revenue if he a) raises the price of a quart of soda 32 cents or b) raises the price of that bottle 12 cents, the price of diapers 17 cents, etc. Two studies of Berkeley sugared beverage prices found that about half the tax showed up in the prices of those beverages. *** As for ad hominem argument, you introduced that tactic by citing the professor's credentials.
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