So Oakland is currently dealing with another string of restaurant robberies, ten in the last couple weeks. Just like last time, I’m starting to hear people talking about being afraid to go out for dinner in Oakland. Restaurant employees are afraid when they go to work. It’s awful. And who does Mayor Ron Dellums sympathize with in this situation? Well, the robbers, of course. Go listen to him say, on KCBS:
When you think about the desperation and the daring of these types of kinds of crimes, it speaks to the broader issue of where we are in terms of this economy. When people become this desperate, then you realize that times are very troubled.
OMG, you can’t blame every damn thing on the economy! This is happening in Oakland, and not in Albany or San Leandro or Hayward, for a reason. It happens here because Oakland’s police department is ineffective and unresponsive, and our district attorney in uninterested. People don’t rob restaurants in Oakland because of the economy, they rob restaurants here because they can.
Don’t worry, though. The Mayor is on the case. He’s going to have a “comprehensive response” soon. Let’s hope this plan materializes more swiftly than the “comprehensive affordable housing plan” that he delivered to the Council five months after he had promised it would be ready “soon” or his “complete public safety agenda”, which, as far as I can tell, never ended up being written at all.
I’m not the only blogger feeling particularly frustrated with Dellums today. Check out East Bay Conservative’s Mr. Dellums, have you left no sense of decency? Thank goodness we have Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor to remind us that despite a year and a half of completely ineffective and misguided leadership, everyone still loves Dellums.