Update on yesterday’s post. CED did not pass the proposed zoning onto Council. After the meeting got started late due to the previous committee running way over, then a super long discussion on the Oakland Commerce Corporation’s contract, there really wasn’t any time left to discuss the industrial zoning plan. They took public comment (although cut the speakers’ time to 1 minute after giving everyone else 2), then agreed that the proposal needs a lot of work and decided to discuss it at the next meeting (April 8), placing it first on the agenda for that date. The Committee members indicated that they agreed with the speakers that it was unfair to spend years welcoming artists and then suddenly try to ban them, and presumably the revisions to the proposed zoning code will contain some protection measures for existing work/live residents.
In other Committee news, the Public Safety Committee received an interesting report about crime statistics (PDF!). They requested the information last fall, but when the police came to that meeting, they basically said that they had no idea where the numbers in the report the department had submitted came from, but that they were certain the numbers were wrong. The Committee told them to get their act together and come back with some real information.
Now they have and the results are interesting. For example, out of 8,045 robberies reported last year in Oakland, only 2,637 were assigned for investigation.
Oh, and did I mention that the District Attorney’s office is basically refusing to provide the Council information about what the results of the cases referred to them by the Police Department? Yeah. It’s amazing.