October 4, 2023

With violent crime on the forefront of Oakland’s information, a name for motion is being circulated by former Metropolis Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington.

A downtown Oakland resident with a novel perspective on politics and coverage in Oakland, Campbell Washington has joined the refrain of involved residents who’re fed up with violent crime. She’s urging everybody to point out as much as the Oakland Metropolis Council assembly Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. within the council’s chambers at Metropolis Corridor.

“Why are our elected leaders silent in regards to the disaster of violent crime in our neighborhoods? Our aged, kids and ladies will not be protected,” she writes, itemizing a number of steps she says Oakland leaders ought to take to cut back the alarming rise in robberies and car-jackings, beginning with declaring a state of emergency in our metropolis.

“We name for a state of emergency, as a result of a state of emergency is strictly what we’re going through,” she says. “Collectively, elected officers should declare a state of emergency to offer them the flexibleness to reopen the finances and make the laborious selections essential to dedicate extra funding to fixing 911, supporting the Police Division and funding 24/7 safety in our impartial enterprise districts.”