OAKLAND, Calif., July 13 (UPI) -- Oakland, Calif., officials said late Tuesday 80 police officers would be laid off following the collapse of contract talks with the police union.
A last-ditch bargaining session Tuesday failed to produce an agreement that would prevent the layoffs.
KGO-TV, San Francisco, said the sticking points came down to how much of a pay cut the 779-member force would be required to accept, the percentage of salary that would go to officers' pensions and the city's inability to guarantee there would be no further staff reductions for three years.
Mayor Ron Dellums said he was disappointed the rank-and-file officers did not have a chance to vote on the city's most-recent offer.
Police Chief Anthony Batts said earlier his depleted department would no longer respond to calls for 44 types of crimes and emergencies, KNTV-TV, San Jose, reported. Oakland residents will have to go online or to a station to report burglaries, grand theft, identity theft, vandalism and even loud parties.
Of course, instead of hiring back the laid off police officers, Oakland has gone begging for law enforcement welfare from the Federal government.
OAKLAND — Police Chief Anthony Batts said Thursday that he will ask for federal help in reducing violent crime in the city, and a summit scheduled to be held in August will draw those agencies to town to hammer out some details.
The two-day summit scheduled for late August will bring "the alphabet soup of federal agencies," including the FBI, DEA, ATF and ICE, U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello said. Those federal officials will meet first with community leaders to discuss what kinds of help are most needed, Russoniello said, and on the second day they will meet with local government and police officials to discuss specifics.
"This will be modeled on a gang violence summit we did in Salinas last September," Russoniello said. That program resulted in "a singular success." In 2008 and 2009, Salinas saw 53 gang-related murders, but the city has had only four so far this year.
"When Chief Batts came on, obviously he was aware of what happened in Salinas," Russoniello said. "He instigated the discussion, and this was something that was very welcome."
The summit is in the final planning stages, with federal agencies being lined up to participate, Russoniello said, adding that he plans to meet with Batts in the next week.
Russoniello said he made a similar offer to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums in October 2008 but never heard back until Batts called him some time in the past two months. Batts reached out before the 80 officers were laid off, Russoniello added.
Dellums and Batts are together "coordinating efforts to reach out to the federal government for funding given our financial situation," Dellums' chief of staff, Marisol Lopez, wrote in response to an e-mail asking for comment. "In fact, Mayor Dellums, Chief Batts, Senator (Loni) Hancock and Assemblymember (Sandré) Swanson sent a letter to Congresswoman (Barbara) Lee asking for her support in this endeavor."
Even more interesting is that Oakland, a Sanctuary City, is so desparate for the law enforcement welfare check that they are overlooking the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be providing most of the personnel, as they did in the anti-gang operation in Salinas. This violates Oakland's policy of not cooperating with ICE:
When responding to an incident, Oakland police will gather the usual who, what, when of those involved. But there's one question they won't ask: Are you here in this country legally?
That's because Oakland calls itself a "sanctuary city," one of dozens across the United States that have policies directing local police or officials to stay out of immigration matters.
So, when ICE encounters an illegal alien gangbanger with a City of Oakland issued identification card, what will happen? An arrest? Let them go? Will ICE be taking orders from the Oakland City government just as it takes orders from the Mexican government?
Two years after reaffirming Oakland's status as a "sanctuary city," the City Council voted this week to create identification cards for illegal immigrants.
The city's program will be modeled after a similar one in San Francisco, which started giving out cards to illegal immigrants earlier this year.
Someone should tell Russoniello that issuing ID cards to illegal aliens is a felony:
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
(I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
(II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
I just wonder what a US Attorney does, welfare policing or prosecuting criminals who violate the law?