ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | As a former Oakland City Council member, resident and current Alameda County supervisor for a portion of the city, Nate Miley is worried about his crime-riddled city.
“It’s a culture of lawlessness, I think, in Oakland,” Miley said during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, “and it’s pervasive in different parts of the city.”
Sup. Nate Miley, center, with Oakland
Councilmembers Pat Kernighan,
Miley’s comments came on the heels of the furor by some Oakland residents over the City Council approving a police consultant contract with celebrated crime fighter William Bratton, along with a package of resolutions for additional police officers, civilian crime lab workers and the short-term use of 10 Alameda County sheriffs deputies. The latter was slated for approval on the supervisors’ agenda for Tuesday.
Miley said he offered a letter of support last week to the council’s for its move to stem the seemingly continuous flow of violent crime in Oakland. The use of sheriffs deputies is not a long-term solution, Miley said, but a prudent short-term expenditure for the city, “because there’s just too much disregard—disrespect—for property and lives in the city.”
The long-time supervisor, often prone to bellicose statements, criticized some who last week spoke in favor of very limited numbers of police officers in Oakland or for dwelling on the fact some bad apples exist at all police departments. Those who violate the public’s trust should be held accountable, he said.
“That doesn’t mean sometimes we don’t have law enforcement officers because someone is acting inappropriately,” he said. “If we throw out all law enforcement there would be chaos because, I think, there are some idiots out there and evil people who will take advantage of that situation. Now, this is Nate Miley talking and you may not agree with me and I really don’t care if you agree with me or not.”
Miley also said residents in other parts of the county equate the video this week of sideshows on the Oakland portion of Interstate 880 with the strongly-held perception the city is out of control.
Later, Miley urged the city of Oakland to partner with the county’s proposed state-of-the-art crime lab at 2901 Peralta Oaks Court. Two grand jury reports have sharply criticized Oakland and Alameda County over the lack of progress in processing a large amount of backlogged cases. Miley also hinted Oakland should partner in the future with the county’s Sheriff’s Department in organizing police academies for both agencies.
“The politics in Oakland have to stop because people are dying,” said Miley. “It’s got to stop because enough is enough.”