George Galvis 
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Re: “Legal Limbo

I'm not sure how the above commentor can allege "poverty pimping" when Mr. Siegel is providing pro-bono counsel and is not profiting. Is that how we refer to folks whon stand up for justice and gain nothing personally these days. The real "poverty pimping" seems to be coming from the city attorney's office by wasting tax payer resources on a strategy that doesn't work. The evidence is clear that crime in North Oakland has in fact gone up since the injunction, so why is Russo so interested in bulldozing forward in other communities? Well if I recall correctly he ran for state assembly against Sandre Swanson and lost. It seems that he is trying to gain political favor with the largest lobbying group in the state, the California Correctional Peace Officer's Asssociation. The CCPOA knows more injunctions means more beds for prisons in a political climate when prison spending is coming under fire. Remember that the CCPOA is also his buddy Don Perata's employer. Russo has never obtained the authority from city council to puruse this and in fact is acting as rogue agent filing in the name of the people of California, not the city of Oakland. Furthermore he has subcontracted much of the work to Meyers Nave, a private law firm further wasting valuable Oakland taxpayer resources. So one of the best paid city employees (Russo who makes approximately $250,000/yr) doesn't have time to do his own work
on the injunctions and is trying to politically profit by targetting low-income black and brown youth and young men...that smells like poverty pimping!!!

Posted by sfsapo on 01/05/2011 at 11:15 AM

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