Public Safety in Oakland – General Meeting, October 2011

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As you all may have read in the papers today, or heard last night, Police Chief Batts has resigned, and Oakland will be searching, yet again, for a new Chief of Police.

A couple of years ago, Chief Batts gave a stirring speech to our club about his plans for fighting crime in Oakland. To paraphrase, at the end of his talk, he said that he could not succeed without the community getting involved. I think that this is equally true for the next Chief.

But what kind of involvement? For years, the City has been trying to strike some sort of balance between increased law enforcement measures, and measures to encourage young people in Oakland from turning towards crime. Chief Batts left behind three law enforcement proposals that have yet to be endorsed or rejected: 1) Expanding the use of Civil Gang Injunctions; 2) Implementing Youth Curfews; and 3) Beefing up our Loitering Ordinance. These are measures that some categorically reject as violations of civil liberties, and that some accept as a necessary measure to save lives and control crime. Many, though, are unsure, or have yet to be heard from.

Though Chief Batts is gone, the City’s acceptance or rejection of these measures will help determine what kind of Police Chief, or what kind of Police Department that we will have for years to come.

At the next Club Meeting, we will discuss these issues and decide whether MGO wants to take a public position as they will soon go back to the City Council.

The meeting will be at:

Dimond Library
3565 Fruitvale Avenue
Thursday, October 20, 2011
7:30 PM

November 2011 Election: Club Endorsements

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The MGO Democratic Club has made the following ballot measure voting endorsements for the Nov. 15th mail-in election in Oakland:

NO – Measure H
Shall the Oakland City Charter be amended to return the City Attorney to an appointed position?YES – Measure I (needs 2/3 vote)
Shall the City of Oakland establish a five year temporary fiscal emergency parcel tax to preserve essential city services, including fire, police services, and police technology, youth violence prevention, library, services, parks and recreation, and street repair, by establishing an $80 parcel tax for single-family homes and specified amounts for multi-family and commercial properties with an exemption for low-income households?

YES- Measure J
Shall the Charter be amended to allow the City of Oakland to change the deadline for fully funding its Police and Fire Retirement Plan to a new financially responsible deadline?

May 2011 Meeting: Recidivism and Drug Offenders

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Hope to see you all there!

MGO DEMOCRATIC CLUB

PRESENTS

RECIVIDISM
In the
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
RELATED TO DRUG OFFENDERS

a panel featuring

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Matt Gaidos

Criminal Attorney Ted Stalcup
(who has extensive experience with drug treatment; his father got drug courts started in Contra Costa County)

Thursday May 19th
7:30 pm
Dimond Library
3565 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland.

Next Meeting: Tax Reform

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PLEASE JOIN US

 

Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club

And the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

 Invite you to a presentation on

 

THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED TAX EXTENSIONS AND PROGRESSIVE TAX REFORM:  A PRIMER

 

BY CA TAX REFORM ASSOCIATION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LENNY GOLDBERG.

 

Greenberg has been involved with major tax legislation in CA for 20 years and has directed and worked on a number of statewide tax initiative campaigns.  He was a member of the CA Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy and is a leading advocate for reform of Prop 13.

APRIL 21, 2011, 7:30 P.M.,

Dimond Library,

3565 Fruitvale Avenue,

Oakland, CA 94619.

Meet Jean Quan

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MGO encourages members to attend:

The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club
 
 Luncheon on FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011, NOON TO 1:30 P.M. AT EVERETT & JONES RESTAURANT, IN JACK LONDON SQUARE, 126 Broadway, between 2nd Street and West Embarcadero, Oakland, Ca 94607.

APRIL 8, 2011, 12 NOON TO 1:30 P.M.

JEAN QUAN
MAYOR OF OAKLAND
 
will be provide insight and discussion on  
NEW MAYOR’S FORUM – THE FIRST 90 DAYS IN OFFICE
 
Please join in on the discussion of the following topics:
  •               a fresh look at Oakland;
  •             a balanced budget with social responsibility and fiscal responsibility;
  •             education and youth;
  •              jobs;
  •             and public safety
* * *
 
The meeting will begin at noon and includes a buffet lunchSpace is limited.  Please sign up on-line at www.DemLawyers.org, or RSVP to Club Treasurer Guy Bryant at (510) 836-7563, or by e-mail totreasurer@demlawyers.org. The event is open to the public, $25 includes lunch.  Please pay on-line atwww.DemLawyers.org. You may apply for, renew, or reinstate your membership and pay your 2011 annual dues of $25 by credit card at http://www.demlawyers.org/membership.htm.

State Convention 2011 – Destination: Sacramento

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When the rest of the country was turning red, we bucked the national trend and kept California a beautiful shade of blue.

After winning 9 of 9 statewide races, it’s only fitting that we celebrate our victories and hold our next state convention right here in Sacramento.

Friday – Sunday, April 29 – May 1, 2011
Sacramento Convention Center

This is where you will be able to find all the information you will need in order to register, take care of travel arrangements and get a glimpse of
what to expect at this year’s convention.

For full info, go to: http://www.cademconvention.com/

Monthly Meeting – Redevelopment

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REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS:BOON OR BOONDOGGLE?

Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 p.m.,
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Academic, television commentator and recent mayoral candidate Joe Tuman will discuss the pros and cons of Redevelopment Districts, which have been used extensively in Oakland.   As we know, Governor Jerry Brown (who used Redevelopment a lot for projects he advocated as mayor) is proposing that such districts be abolished in California.   Come and learn
  • What these districts are and how they function;
  • What benefits do they provide for cities like Oakland?
  • What are the disadvantages of these districts?
  • What choices do we have in CA to save money but still provide benefits to cities?