Tuesday Must Read: Oakland Has a History of Hiring and Then Ignoring Consultants; Councilmembers Urge Residents to Show Up At Tonight’s Meeting

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1.The Oakland City Council is slated to debate a controversial contract tonight for William Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, but the Trib notes that the city has a history of hiring consultants and then ignoring their recommendations. In fact, the city previously hired two members of Bratton’s team to advise the Oakland Police Department, and then failed to implement several of their proposals. Mayor Jean Quan, who is pushing for the Bratton contract, has already said that the city will not adopt one of Bratton’s favorite police tactics — stop and frisk.

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2. After protesters disrupted a council’s committee meeting last week, complaining loudly about Bratton’s contract, Oakland councilmembers have been urging residents to show up at tonight’s meeting and support the contract — along with three other public safety proposals, the Trib reports. Councilwomen Pat Kernighan and Libby Schaaf have sent thousands of letters and emails to residents, asking them to come to tonight’s council meeting.

3. The fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, the CoCo Times reports. The $402 million project, opposed by many environmentalists, will make it easier to commute from Oakland and Berkeley to suburban Contra Costa County.

4. The decision by the State of Arizona to resume lethal injections could prompt California to restart its capital punishment program, the Merc reports. The courts have blocked California from putting prisoners to death, stating that its three-drug lethal injection method constituted cruel and unusual punishment. But Arizona may have solved that issue with its one-drug killing method.

5. And we know we’re late on this one, but in case you missed it, check out Mother Jones’ Q&A with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey — he calls climate change “perfectly natural and not necessarily bad” and describes Obamacare as moving toward “some type of fascism.”

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