High-crime Oakland chooses to lay off 200 police officers — but gives $17M to pro sports teams
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Wow. In these tough times, I can’t imagine what I’d think if I lived in a crime-ridden area and my elected officials opted for this decision. Oakland has the fifth highest crime rate in the nation. (Bloomberg News):
Oakland, California, the fifth-most crime ridden city in America, faced a $32 million budget deficit last year. It closed the gap by dismissing a fourth of its police force, more than 200 officers.
Untouched was the $17.3 million that the city pays to stage 10 games a season for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders and to host Major League Baseball’s Athletics in the O.co Coliseum. The funds cover debt financing and operations and are supplemented by $13.3 million from surrounding Alameda County, based on data compiled by Bloomberg from public records.
Nearly every single NFL stadium was built with public money or benefits from public infrastructure built specifically nearby. This money, as many studies have shown, does not provide mucheconomic benefit to the surrounding community. It merely lines the pockets of the already wealthy owners of professional sports franchises.
Do you think the NRA would like those ethnically diverse Oakland residents to buy up firearms for protection? BTW, Oakland has the third-highest concentration of gays and lesbians among the 50 largest U.S. cities in America. Pink pistols, anyone?