Oakland Council Tables Curfew and More Gang Injunctions

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With Mayor Jean Quan casting the deciding vote, a deeply divided Oakland City Council voted 5-4 last night to send to committee a package of controversial policing proposals, including a plan for a citywide curfew. Quan said she and Police Chief Anthony Batts are working on a more comprehensive public safety plan, some of which would be discussed at an October 15 citywide summit. However, she did not rule out incorporating some of the ideas that failed to garner enough votes last night — including a curfew — into the proposal she’s working on, saying there would need to be some “compromises.”

Hundreds of residents turned out to speak at the meeting, most of them against the package of proposals put forward by Councilmen Ignacio De La Fuente and Larry Reid. In addition to a curfew, the package included expanding the city’s controversial gang injunctions, along with an anti-loitering ordinance designed to lessen the drug trade in the city. The anti-loitering ordinance was the least controversial portion of the proposal, and one that Quan seemed open to adopting in some form.

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In addition to Quan, Councilwomen Desley Brooks, Jane Brunner, Rebecca Kaplan, and Nancy Nadel voted to send the proposal package to the council’s Public Safety Committee for further study and vetting. Along with Reid and De La Fuente, Councilwomen Libby Schaaf and Pat Kernighan voted against sending the package to committee.

The committee is made up of Reid, Kernighan, Kaplan, and Nadel, and so it’s seems likely that the package of proposals will need to be altered before returning to the full council.

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