Pamela Drake 
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Re: “Oakland Police Union Writes $1,400 Check to Unseat Councilmember Noel Gallo

She was asked at the Democratic Forum Thursday and she kind've seemed to support it but now that I think about it, did not actually say that. Also said she wasn't supporting Measure JJ, renters' protections.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 08/29/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

The city administrator, who presently supervises and hires and fires the chief, works at the pleasure of the mayor so whoever is the mayor already has that power.
But the new commission would water down the mayor's power over control of OPD, and up until now not even federal oversight has been able to reform that department. This charter change has the potential to begin that shift towards community control and significant reform.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 07/30/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

I am still formulating my thoughts on the final proposal and the coalition will set a date to meet and vote on whether to endorse it after Tuesday's final council vote.
At one point we had discussed an "elastic clause" with CM Kalb and CM Gallo to prevent the scope from being narrowed. We'll continue to lobby for that language until Tuesday evening.
We are disappointed in the mayor and council's inflexibility on the issue of her appointments. It seems a compromise to this
mayor is that she gets everything she wants.

But it is NOT gutted and is stronger than the original council proposal. We hope people will understand the level of hard work put in by both the coalition-all of us, including people who emailed, called or spoke at council and the CMs who struggled with us and each other. This is landmark legislation that many said couldn't be done. In a city with a tradition of terrible police misconduct and little credibility, change has come.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 07/25/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

The "women in charge movement?" What century did that comment emanate from, Mr. Patton? I didn't vote for Ms. Schaaf, whom I refuse to refer to as Libby, but I don't find fault with her as a woman or for the fact that she named the militaristic, occupying army culture that allows a majority male force to pass around a girl and brutalize with impunity, for what it is.
No one mayor nor police chief made this mess, although Jerry Brown can be said to be more responsible for the Riders than anyone, and no one person could possibly know how to fix it. By the way, what's your manly solution?

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Remember the old saying, the cover-up is worse than the crime-enough!

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/22/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting'

I give her credit for calling it what it is.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/17/2016 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent Reportedly Being Fired

Self-serving, can't imagine how, Charlie.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/10/2016 at 3:29 PM

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