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Re: “The Firing of Captain Mark Gagan

Mark Gagan has *always* been an exemplary community minded police officer. His commitment to youth and families had always been tangible and evident in his every word AND action in the performance of his duty.

I understand the conditions that contributed to his PTSD, but I suspect that the greatest contributor is his deep caring and commitment, despite a lack of support from the department and the cognitive dissonance created by their internal procedures, as outlined by Gelaurdi.

I should note that I believe that while the city manager participates and facilitates the hiring process for Chief of Police, the city council is ultimately responsible for the hiring and firing of the position.

It would be interesting if enough of them were bold enough to hire Gagan to be Chief, wouldn't it?

Posted by j! on 07/01/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

I'm surprised that the Perata colleges don't have a nuclear free zone policy that prohibits contracts with companies that are involved in the nuclear weapons industry, as oakland and most surrounding city governments do, though I would have no problem believing the current administrative staff has "forgotten" about it.

Posted by j! on 09/12/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Passes Divisive Proposal to Establish Violence Prevention Department

Mr. Montague is clearly unaware of the massive reduction in violence in Richmond achieved over a five year period from 2005 to 2010 that they accomplished by NOT utilizing any of his recommendations.

Posted by j! on 06/22/2017 at 8:37 AM

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