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Alameda Board of Supervisors Ignore Public in Appointing Nancy O'Malley as County DA: audio
Nancy O'Malley was appointed "interim" District Attorney for Alameda County at the request of Tom Orloff at the September 15th Board of Supervisors meeting. Interim is in quotes here because the retiring DA, Tom Orloff, ran unopposed in every election he ever ran in since he was first "elected" in 1994. Odds are O'Malley's interim status will pass in the same manner and she will become permanent without any real input from the general public. Before the Alameda Board of Supervisors rushed to appoint Nancy O'Malley, they went through the motions of having public comment. Audio of the first six speakers is below:
Oakland City Councilperson Desley Brooks spoke first, asking for the board to only appoint someone willing to take the position as a caretaker who would not run for election as District Attorney in June 2010. This request was obviously ignored by the supervisors. Ronnie Kaplan of National Women's Political Caucus, Alameda North, spoke in favor of O'Malley for her work with victims of sexual abuse. Three staffers from the DA's office speak in the audio here, all dutifully speaking in favor of their boss (at the time) Tom Orloff's recommendation. The Board room was filled with lawyers from the DA's office. One had the gall to disingenuously claim that he was speaking as a "private citizen" in favor of O'Malley because he was on vacation at the time. Minister Keith Muhammad recalled how he was troubled when the DA's office was slow to respond to murder of Oscar Grant. He added that it was not appropriate for supervisors to appoint someone to an elected position so fast with no notice to the public and no time to process what citizens might want in a District Attorney. A few more members of the public and many more from the DA's office spoke before the Board of Supervisors took their vote.
A majority of just three supervisors was all it took to seat O'Malley: Scott Haggerty, Gail Steele, and Alice Lai-Bitker. Supervisors Nate Miley and Keith Carson did not vote for O'Malley.
Full audio of the entire 9/15/09 BOS meeting is available here:
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