2011-12 COUNTERPOINTS COLUMNS


The Public Safety Vote In Oakland

Oakland Police Union Leaders Send Out A Hit Piece On At-Large Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Advising Oakland Residents On How We Should Vote
October 30, 2012


The Change In Focus At Occupy Oakland

The Occupiers Turn Their Sights From The Banks And The Mortgage Lenders To Oakland City Hall And Police Headquarters
January 11, 2012


Sanjiv Handa's Pressroom

Oakland's Government Watchdog Passes, And The Council President Bestows Belated Honors
January 6, 2012


Blaming The "Absentee" Mayor

The Oakland Tribune Believes That Many Of The Problems Inherited By Mayor Jean Quan Were Caused By Mayor Ron Dellums' "Neglect." Really?
December 16, 2011


Who Would Benefit From Recalling Mayor Quan?

Don Perata And His Friends Don't Appear To Have Started The Oakland Mayoral Recall Movement, But They Stand First In Line To Reap The Possible Benefits
November 2, 2011


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THE PUBLIC SAFETY VOTE IN OAKLAND


October 30 , 2012

If you’re a registered voter anywhere in the country, your mailbox has been swamped this past few weeks with stacks of campaign mailers. It’s hard for any one of them to get your attention, but last week one got mine, for all the wrong reasons.

The mailer concerns the At-Large Oakland City Council race where three candidates, including District 5 Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, are challenging incumbent Rebecca Kaplan for her seat.

The mailer starts off with the intent to shock you, with a composite photo on the cover of two women crying over a dead body in a morgue, stating that “Oakland’s people are dying. Our families are crying.” and then asking the question “Where is Rebecca Kaplan when Oakland needs her?”

Open the mailer and you get the supposed answer: “Celebrating!” [More...]