by Rachel Swan
Finally, some good news for crime in Oakland. The city just secured a $10.7 million grant from the US Department of Justice, enough to hire 25 officers for 3 years, Matthai Kuruvila reports on SFGate. Batts has proposed using the money to fight youth crime and human trafficking, while creating "safe zones" near schools. It turns out 237 other US cities — including Salinas and San Jose — received similar grants, depending on their overall crime rate and economic state. Oakland got the maximum dollar amount permitted.