A recent experience transformed my view of Oakland schools. I participated in the Principal for a Day program at the Westlake Middle School.
My shy and innocent teen daughter was slaughtered by stray bullets meant for someone else, fired from a carload of boys out for revenge of some rival, or who knows what, on a beautiful sunny afternoon in North Oakland. If the anti-gang injunctions were in place before she was slaughtered, she may still be alive.
In the build-up to Proposition 19, Oakland, California has become a magnet for possible marijuana entrepreneurs. The city council has approved large-scale industrial production of the plant and Oaksterdam University has been set up in Oakland for the purpose of legitimizing marijuana production and training those who plan to work in the industry in the future. As of August 2010, unemployment at Oakland is at 10.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The more the prospect of the…
Rejecting Measure BB will retain the incentive for maintaining an adequately sized police force, and will send a strong message to City Hall that we are demanding accountability.