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Alameda PD Not Involved in Occupy Oakland Camp Clear-out

At 4:30 a.m. this morning, Oakland Police began clearing-out Occupy Oakland campers at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland, making 32 arrests. The Alameda Police Department was not involved.

Responding today to an inquiry sent to the City of Alameda over the weekend, before this morning’s actions by Oakland PD, Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan wrote: “In regards to Oakland’s request for mutual aid, we have not received a request from Oakland thus far. If we are asked, we will not respond without agreement to be fully reimbursed, given full indemnification against any lawsuits, and without a concrete and final plan of action for removal of the camp.”

A press release from the City of Oakland this morning lists seven law enforcement agencies that provided mutual aid this morning; Alameda PD was not listed.

According to the City of Oakland, the operation went “smoothly and peacefully.”

1 comment to Alameda PD Not Involved in Occupy Oakland Camp Clear-out

  • Milan Moravec

    University of California Berkeley hijack’s our kids’ futures. I love University of California (UC) having been student & lecturer. But today I am concerned that at times I do not recognize the UC I love. Like so many I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failures of Regent Chairwoman Lansing, President Yudof, Chancellor Birgeneau from holding the line on rising costs & tuition increases. Paying more is not a better education.
    Californians are reeling from 19% unemployment (includes: those forced to work part time; those no longer searching), mortgage defaults, loss of unemployment benefits. And those who still have jobs are working longer for less. Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    Current pay increases for generously paid University of California Faculty is arrogance. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median Family Income!
    Paying more is not a better education. UC Berkeley(# 70 Forbes) tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increases. Chancellor Birgeneau has molded Cal. into the most expensive public university.
    UC President Yudof,
    Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau($450,000 salary) dismissed many much needed cost-cutting options. They did not consider freezing vacant faculty positions, increasing class size, requiring faculty to teach more classes, doubling the time between sabbaticals, cutting & freezing pay & benefits for chancellors & reforming pensions & the health benefits.
    They said such faculty reforms “would not be healthy for UC”. Exodus of faculty, administrators? Who can afford them and where would they go?
    We agree it is far from the ideal situation, but it is in the best interests of the university system & the state to stop cost increases. UC cannot expect to do business as usual: raising tuition; granting pay raises & huge bonuses during a weak economy that has sapped state revenues & individual Californians’ income.
    There is no question the necessary realignments with economic reality are painful. Regent Chairwoman Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances that salaries & costs reflect California’s ability to pay. The sky above UC will not fall when Chancellor Birgeneau is ousted.

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