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Siegel Releases Public Safety Plan for Oakland
by Cat Brooks
Wednesday Jun 25th, 2014 10:14 AM
Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel released a policy paper detailing his plan for addressing public safety in Oakland. Siegel proposes a “comprehensive safety strategy” based on three key principles. He aims to improve the effectiveness of Oakland police by reorganizing the Oakland Police Department and increasing the number of officers protecting Oakland’s streets.
June 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cat Brooks, 510-506-2341

Dan Siegel releases public safety policy plan for Oakland

OAKLAND–Today, Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel released a policy paper detailing his plan for addressing public safety in Oakland.

Siegel proposes a “comprehensive safety strategy” based on three key principles. He aims to improve the effectiveness of Oakland police by reorganizing the Oakland Police Department and increasing the number of officers protecting Oakland’s streets. He calls for the implementation of citywide programs to address the root causes of crime and promote social and economic justice. Finally, Siegel’s plan will take a zero-tolerance approach to police officer misconduct, ensuring that the department earns the community’s trust.

“Oakland has the potential to become a safe and prosperous city,” the paper states. “But current, ineffective policing policies must end and be replaced with policies that will improve public safety by strengthening our police force, implementing programs that address root causes of crime, and gaining the trust of our communities.”

The policy paper notes that Oakland continues to be under the oversight of the federal court because of proven systemic police abuse of African Americans. In 2003, Oakland entered into the federal-court-approved Negotiated Settlement Agreement, which requires the police department to conduct an in-depth review of its entire operation with the aim of becoming more responsive, effective, and accountable.

“It is imperative to have a clear plan to improve public safety in our city and meet the terms of Oakland’s Negotiated Settlement Agreement,” said Siegel. “We have a responsibility to ensure that the Oakland Police Department protects and respects residents.”

This is the second policy paper the Siegel campaign has released. The entire paper is accessible on the “Materials” page of Siegel’s website at http://www.siegelforoakland.org.

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by 58 year listener
Sunday Jun 29th, 2014 2:52 AM
More police means less safety by definition. No person who claims to be any kind of progressive promotes police; we promote social services to eliminate poverty, the cause of street crime. You cannot have guns and butter.

The latest outrage from government operative Dan Siegel is that he claims there was no contract with Free Speech Radio News, a program for which KPFA contracted for over 10 years! Here is the quote from
http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?p=1508
Cut The Crap – Says Former Board Majority Member
June 28, 2014
The filing by Siegel and Yee sent in on Pacifica’s behalf in the case Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship (Free Speech Radio News) vs Pacifica Foundation Radio - apparently without the knowledge of many of the members of the board - claims the contractual agreement between Pacifica and the independent news production, which Pacifica defaulted on after not getting Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding, isn’t “authorized”. Pacifica contracted for the daily half hour newscast for more than a decade and provided it to all five Pacifica stations as well as 180 affiliate stations who paid Pacifica for access to the program via the Audioport distribution system.
See his Answer to Complaint at
http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Filing.pdf

Siegel of course has no authority to represent Pacifica or KPFA. While one of his lawyers sits on the Local Station Board, he is profiting from the money he receives from KPFA/Pacifica listeners. His buddies, the government operative false majority on the Pacifica National Board, have not provided a written contract with Siegel. This is grand larceny.

The question must be asked why the Siegel campaign posts anything here, much less a statement that Siegel supports "increasing the number of officers" on Oakland's streets. Does Cat Brooks think we are stupid? Does she think at all? Who is paying her for this garbage propaganda?