Marijuana Over Murder: Oakland City Officials' Priorities Blasted
Oakland's city officials are being taken to task for their reaction to federal law enforcement shutting down a marijuana club.
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When an as-yet unknown shooter opened fire outside a crowded Oakland movie theater July 8, wounding eight, Mayor Jean Quan said not a word.
Quan refused to take questions on the movie theater shooting in Jack London Square, Johnson reports. What's more, the city has done nothing and said nothing about a spate of violence plaguing the East Bay city, he wrote.
"It's pretty hard to take seriously the mayor's commitment to reducing violent crime when she's ducking basic questions about crime in the city," Johnson posits.
In 10 days, seven people have been killed and 17 more injured in Oakland shootings, Johnson reported. Yet no statements or other pronouncements about the violence have emerged from City Hall.
"When the closure of a pot club gets an immediate response from City Hall, but a killing each day for a week doesn't, it casts serious doubts on the city's ability to get its priorities straight," Johnson wrote.
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