Oakland City Council hires William Bratton and removes Desley Brooks from the JPA
KPFA Evening News, 01.22.2012
Two items were hotly contested at the 01.22.26, Oakland City Council meeting:
1.) The Council vote to sign a $250,000 contract with former NYPD and LAPD police chief, turned corporate police consultant William Bratton, in hopes of reducing Oakland's homicide and violent crime rate.
2) The Council vote to confirm Rebecca Kaplan's appointment to replace Desley Brooks on the Joint Powers Authority that oversees management of the Oakland Coliseum and Arena.
The only obvious similarities between the two most hotly contested votes at this meeting were that both concerned Oakland city contracting, and, in both cases, District #6 Councilwoman Desley Brooks cast the sole dissenting vote.
(Headline updated, 01.27.2012.)