Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chip Johnson in a Bad Mood

By Chris Thompson
Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Did someone swipe Chip Johnson's serotonin reuptake inhibitors or something? The Chron columnist puts his sad face on and dedicates an entire piece to how Oakland sucks and there's not much you can do about it, short of lining up every civic leader against the wall and... well, let's just say replacing them. Here's the state of the city, a la Johnson: the most ambitious anti-gang police operation in years did nothing to stop violent crime, as thugs blast each other in a bid to fill the vacuum left by the busted Acorn gang. The head of the county's Probation Department has 500 outstanding warrants for violent juvenile offenders, but would rather fill out some paperwork and go and grab these kids. Nepotism didn't stop with Deborah Edgerly. "Without a wholesale overhaul of city government aimed at rooting out corruption, removing the practitioners and prosecuting the ringleaders, Oakland will continue to run like a virus-infected computer," Johnson concludes. "And the whole darned thing, without warning, could crash at any time."

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