stu in Oakland 
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Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Gammon mixes a few facts with a bunch of unsupported assertions to weave a myth about a racist recent history of Berkeley and North Oakland. Yes, it's true that developers of middle-class areas in the teens and twenties routinely inserted racially restrictive covenants. It was a time period when the U.S. has a lot to be ashamed of, not the least the tremendously racist Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924. There's also lots of evidence that redevelopment in the 1950s and 1960s was covertly, if not overtly, racist in destroying lower class and minority neighborhoods across the U.S. None of this bears on the current or recent past zoning of Lower Rockridge (below Broadway), which was a reaction to an attempt in the early 1970s by Oakland real estate interests to replace its homes and small apartment buildings with mid-rise office and apartment buildings. That had nothing to do with race, and everything to do with resisting big money and protecting a human-scale neighborhood.

Posted by stu in Oakland on 09/23/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Has Oakland Killed Community Policing?

There needs to be some "flex" in the system. Some beats may need a PSO all the time (sometimes more than one). For other beats, it'll depend on the activity level. When there aren't many problems, there's not much need for a PSO, but when things heat up, there needs to be the ability to focus more attention on a beat.

Posted by stu in Oakland on 03/23/2011 at 10:26 AM

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