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  •  You're looking at things one-sided (0+ / 0-)

    The number of police DOES need to be increased but Tuman also points out you need to increase the dialog and discussion among the communities.

    Also note that Tuman doesn't want to hire private contractors like Jean Quan so he understands each community has a different criteria.

    Remember though, Tuman if he ran in 2014 would be running as a candidate but being a candidate is different than actually being on the job.  When you're a candidate, you can say anything that can enable to get yourself elected but as Mayor, you also need to set the tone and discussion.  Even if Tuman is wrong on one thing, he would NOT be arrogant like Jean Quan.  He's not self-centered nor is he politically-motivated nor does he care about being a career politician.  Being that his own son got in a fight unexpected, this issue affects him on a personal level but Tuman is careful in that he's not trying to point fingers.

    There's very few people like him out there.  I suggest you have a conversation with Tuman yourself and you'll find he's a lot more thoughtful and inclusive person.  Oakland needs someone who isn't a yes man but someone who listens.

    •  More police isn't part of the answer (0+ / 0-)

      And it never will be. Reigning in the police and having a dialog with communities is. As well as programs like the restorative justice program in the schools. Spending more money on police is going to hurt the city, without a doubt.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 09:25:41 AM PDT

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      •  It is part of the answer (0+ / 0-)

        And as a long time East Bay native, I know Oakland too well.  It DOES need more police officers whether you like it or not.

        But, the solution doesn't end there.  That's what Joe Tuman is working to address.  He's not suggesting police officers alone.  God, the way you make your arguments is assuming Tuman is a partisan.  He's a hell of a lot more intelligent than most people in Oakland are and believe me, as a student in his class at SFSU, I know him personally.  He'll make one hell of a Mayor of Oakland.  Other candidates have such a partisan persona that it's almost not needed given what the city has gone through.  Half of Oakland is almost like Detroit.  It's crazy given this is the Bay Area.

        Go up and talk to Tuman if you see him.  You'll learn a lot from meeting him.  He's a very intelligent and insightful person.

        •  Pardon. Half of Downtown Oakland is like Detroit (0+ / 0-)
          •  More police is a big part of the answer (0+ / 0-)

            Nothing good can happen here in Oakland if it is made safer. The increase in crimes and in how horrible the crimes committed are, over the past 8 or so years, has been intense.
            Having a dialogue with the communities? Please provide more details on what you are envisioning, and why you think that will actually work. How do you propose to deter the people who are committing the crimes?
            in my opinion, we desperately need both short term solutions (including more cops on the street), and long term (better schools, better jobs). The long term solutions won't happen if you don't address the acute problem of crime today in Oakland.

            •  Correct - And To Add... (0+ / 0-)

              Police is much needed in all areas of Oakland because if by nature the first order of business is to make the people safe, you need more police officers on the streets.  They need to monitor the situations as they also have input on what happens on the ground, regardless if residents report the crimes or not.

              Dialog with the communities is only a hypothetical so I'm not speaking on behalf of Joe Tuman or anyone who would be potentially working in his campaign should it get started.  

              However, what I refer to this is basically making a full assessment of all communities in Oakland as far as what their needs are.  There doesn't need to be an assumption of what they want but rather Joe Tuman (and perhaps others in the campaign) would ideally meet with folks in all the communities and basically listen to what they have to say instead of simply insisting they know it all.  Too much that's going on in city government is really a disconnect with Oakland residents and that doesn't help in strengthening the residents or the businesses.

              Ultimately though, it's Tuman who would be the candidate so until he sets the tone for the campaign if he does announce he's running again, it will be pointless to debate the what ifs.

              However, on a bright note, Tuman and others operating his Facebook page have already noticed this diary so that's a good sign that they are listening and really caring on what people have to say.

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