Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jerry Brown Says Oakland Is On Its Own

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Governor Jerry Brown appeared to dismiss a proposal being pushed by some Oakland leaders and pundits for the city to declare a state of emergency in order to free up state help, telling Sacramento reporters that "Oakland has to solve its own problems," the SacBee reports. "The clergy, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the mayor, you've got to pull together in extraordinary ways to respond," said the former Oakland mayor who still owns a home in the hills. "And as a citizen of Oakland, I wish you well and I'll do my part."

Over the weekend, Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid called on the city to declare an emergency in the wake of a violent crime wave that took the lives of four people on Friday. Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond seconded Reid's idea today.

However, Police Chief Howard Jordan said yesterday that the city had no plans to declare an emergency and that OPD was already getting help from the state — the California Highway Patrol has been patrolling city streets on weekends. In addition, Reid's plan does not appear to have the support of the rest of the council — apparently because declaring a state of emergency during a crime wave likely wouldn't do much to help the city.

Brown's comments also appear to throw cold water on the proposal. It's also worth noting that during Brown's last year as mayor in 2006, there were more homicides in Oakland than in 2012, and he did not seek an emergency declaration then either.

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