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One of the biggest frustrations, and frankly stalwarts in making things work in Oakland is the validation that there is a " hills" and that somehow they are against the flats. We all want safe neighborhoods and there is a rational empathy for those that have it worse. If anything "the hills" have proven that by approving more and more taxes to receive basic services. I support Chief Batts in his decision because he knows what he is doing when it comes to managing public safety. I understand that we have less coverage EVERYWHERE due to less officers and lack of funding/priorities. And it does nothing to have a cop patrolling homes with little to no activity while there are much more serious crimes being committed- AND I AM NOT ALONE IN 'THE HILLS'. While our numbers are not as high as the flats there have been some very violent forced entries and aggressive robberies above 580. (If you are looking for a punching bag because you think 'the hills' embody the rich and unfeeling, you might want to look at the average sale price vs. crocker highlands, rockridge, and oakmore. While your at it...check out the forclosure rate in 'the hills'- families who want to buy into a good school and purchase a home that they cant really afford and are now losing it all). Max, always appreciate your thoughtful comments but frankly your judgement and devisiveness regarding those in 'the hills' is disheartening and too much of what exists inside of City Hall.
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