Oakland council member says he feels safer walking his dogs in San Leandro

Councilmember Larry Reid has served Oakland’s
District since 1997.

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Larry Reid’s East Oakland district has long been riddled with violence and the longest-tenured council member routinely describes it as the “killing fields.” During a special City Council retreat Thursday afternoon, Reid said even he’s afraid to walk the streets of East Oakland.

Reid said he doesn’t walk his dogs in Oakland, but instead, heads to San Leandro. “That’s where I go because that’s where I feel safe,” he said. Afterwards he sheepishly added, “Maybe I shouldn’t say that.”

Reid lives on the Oakland-San Leandro border and has served on the City Council for 18 years.

In recent weeks, Reid’s comments have been noticeably colored with a bit of melancholy. Last week, outside of Oakland City Hall, Reid said the recent shooting death of a young black man in his district heightened his frustration over continuing gun violence in Oakland.

During deliberations over the Coliseum Area Specific Plan, on numerous occasions, Reid registered strong opposition to the additional of affordable housing at the proposed Coliseum City. He has long maintained his District 7 receives a disproportionate number of affordable housing units. Thursday’s comments appear in line with Reid’s recent rhetoric.

In addition to his comments on street safety, Reid said most of the streets in his district are laden with speed bumps and homes with barred windows. The reason why? Some people in his district don’t “value life,” he said.

Categories: affordable housing, biennial budget, Coliseum Area Specific Plan, dogs, Larry Reid, Oakland, Oakland City Council, san leandro

5 replies

  1. The most dangerous aspect of District 7 is Reid himself. Dangerously stupid; dangerously unethical.


  2. By MW:

    If a person who was not black had made the same comments Larry Reid did, the person would have been called a racist, bigot, evil, stupid, narrow minded, and uneducated, and basically described as the scum of the earth.

    In fact, I think Larry Reid needs to receive diversity training and be “re-educated” so he will cease to voice comments that are unacceptable to the phonies, demagogues, parasites, con men, and scam artists who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians. Furthermore, we also need to set up some additional committees composed of great “liberals” and sleazy windbag lawyers with close ties to the leadership of the Democratic Party to institute still more rules for requiring still more politically correct “improved” standards of “free speech,” and so that those who might have been inclined to make comments unacceptable to the politically correct will be silenced.

    In fact, the comments Larry Reid made would be against the speech codes that in recent decades have become more and more common on many college campuses – and violation of those speech codes is grounds for expulsion from those colleges.

    (NOTE: A lot of colleges have arranged for parasites and mental retards who happen to have law licenses to “think” about “free speech” and come up with rules for “improved” forms of “free speech,” in other words rules that prohibit making comments that are contrary to the lies, garbage, and mentally retarded nonsense the politically correct love.)


  3. Gun Nut scumbags murdering and terrorizing the rest of us with impunity. We need help, we need intelligent gun laws in this country. Tens of thousands are killed by these 2nd Amendment Terrorists every year.


  4. “Tens of thousands are killed by these 2nd Amendment Terrorists every year.”

    Nah. Think about what you just said.

    Your typical drive-by-shooting-gangbanger doesn't know anything about any Constitution or any Amendment with any number attached it it. He's probably not literate and certainly not interested in legal history.


  5. Well, San Leandro is a lot safer than East Oakland.


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