Rep. Mike Honda, right, and activist groups are trying
to put a scare into Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley.
PHOTO/ALCO DA Office.
ALAMEDA COUNTY | During an Alameda Planning Board meeting in July 2013, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley warned the proposed In-N-Out Burger near the Webster Tube in Alameda would not only attract burger lovers, but criminals from Oakland.
“We have people coming to what could be considered a vulnerable site in Alameda. It’s easy in and easy out, no pun intended,” said O’Malley.
The operative word was people. Black people? Brown people? The Hamburglar?
Law enforcement from other locales with an In-N-Out Burger later reported no discernible uptick in crime where Double-Doubles and animal-style fries were sold. And with the Alameda opening of the burger joint set for this week, O’Malley’s theory can now be put to the test.
Yet, in hindsight, O’Malley’s questionable race-tinged comments in the summer of 2013, were the first of a string of controversies that have followed.
Activists groups have hammered O’Malley over her office’s plan to charge restitution against the group of protesters who shut down BART trains at the West Oakland station on Black Friday last year.
Some elected officials like Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks have urged BART and the DA’s office to drop the charges against the Black Lives Matter group. Later, iconic Oakland civil rights leader and former Black Panther Elaine Brown went as far as call O’Malley racist.
It also didn’t help that O’Malley skipped a high-profile Oakland City Council special meeting on police brutality attended by just about every ranking official in the county.
To make matters worse for O’Malley’s push back for dropping charges against the protesters even led to the Alameda Labor Council, last week, uninviting O’Malley to an event in her honor.