Ralph Clark 
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Re: “ShotSpotter Lobbied Oakland Officials In Apparent Violation of Law

I hope you all can see my long winded but thorough letter to the editor. One of the points I make is that the process of defining priorities against a fixed resource base is "exactly" what we want our city officials doing. That is a good thing imho. To my knowledge OPD had not taken a formal position on continuing ShotSpotter. However, the question was raised and I am paraphrasing here..."I have 10 things I want to do and only 6 things I can afford, SS is toward the bottom." I applaud that type of reality based approach. It something we all have to do personally and professionally in working within budgets. Our job is to present our value case as best we can based on facts to either a. get moved up the priority stack; b. support getting more resources or c. understand the impact of the service not being provided.

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Posted by Ralph Clark on 05/01/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “ShotSpotter Lobbied Oakland Officials In Apparent Violation of Law

Thank you Mr. Gammon. We are already familiar with the language and our dialogue with city officials don't fit the defined term. I did not want to cut and paste it here but did do so in a formal letter to you that is being sent over. A bit frustrating as the reporter got some facts plainly wrong (not material but not confidence inspiring either) and was misleading on other more key and material facts. Understand controversy is what you need to serve up but this article is way off base imho. Grateful for the opportunity to tell our side. Thanks/

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Posted by Ralph Clark on 04/30/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “ShotSpotter Lobbied Oakland Officials In Apparent Violation of Law

please look up the actual text of the lobbyist registration act and read the defined term of "lobbying" and the specific exclusions of specific sales/procurement actions. bottom line shotspotter is not a defined lobbyist nor can our activities of providing an update on our performance under said existing contract be construed as lobbying. very misleading article. our formal letter to the editor is on it's way. thank you-

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Posted by Ralph Clark on 04/30/2014 at 2:36 PM

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