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Oakland Council Votes for Port-Only DAC, March 5, 2014: Full Video & City Resolution
For the history books, here's the full 5-hour video of the Oakland City Council discussion on Phase II development of the Domain Awareness Center from March 4, 2014. One hundred and forty-nine public speaker's cards were turned in prior to the meeting. Public comment was unanimous against a city-wide DAC. Council members, after having revealed on February 18 an interest in reigning in the expansive surveillance system that city staffers have pushed, followed through by passing a resolution at about 1am on March 5 to proceed with a scaled-down Port-only version of the DAC. The final vote was 4 Ayes — Brooks, Kalb, Reid, Kernighan — and 4 Noes — Gallo, Gibson McElhaney, Kaplan, Schaaf. Mayor Quan's Aye vote broke the tie. (Text of the passed Port-only DAC resolution is below.)
Public comment was unanimous against a city-wide DAC, with the vast majority of speakers advocating for no DAC whatsoever, in any shape or form. Speakers included Linda Lye from the ACLU of Northern California, Nadia Kayyali from the EFF, Michael Thomas of the NLG, Mohamed Shehk from the Asian Law Caucus, representatives of the Oakland Privacy Working Group, Jack Heyman of the ILWU (retired, Local 10), current Mayoral candidate Dan Siegel, former Oakland councilmember Wilson Riles Jr., and dozens and dozens of other concerned citizens. A great number of speakers expressed concern for those who would likely suffer the most under an ever-present surveillance system: African Americans, considering the long histories of violence by Oakland police and oppressive and destructive government programs such as COINTELPRO; undocumented families and communities, who would face further marginalization and disruption under such a system; and Muslims, who have bore the brunt of post-9/11 surveillance abuses by federal and local law enforcement authorities, a large contingent of whom were present to speak against the DAC from the Lighthouse Mosque.
From the public galleries in council chambers, calls of "shame, shame, shame" rang out after the vote to proceed with Phase II development of the Domain Awareness Center, now officially called the Port Domain Awareness Center.
* Concurrent Meeting of the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency and the City Council, 3/4/2014 5:30 PM
Item #14: Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Phase 2 Contract Award
The Council amended Staff recommendations as follows:
FURTHER RESOLVED: That approval of this contract is contingent on inclusion in the Phase 2 contract of a liquidated damages provision should the contract be unable to meet grant deadlines as well as an indemnification clause should the contractor be found in violation of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED: This Resolution does not commit any operational funding for the DAC at this time, but to the extent that staff brings any requests for funding in the future such requests shall include an a fair-share contribution option from the Port of Oakland as well as an option with no additional City staffing.
Finally, staff will, prior to activation of the DAC, develop a clear definition of what is included in the CAD and a protocol for use of the information.