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Oakland Chamber Backs Measure NN For More Police in Oakland

I agree that we need more police, but will people vote for a new tax in this economic climate?  I guess is "yes."  Here's the Tribune ...

Oakland chamber backs tax to boost city police force

By Kelly Rayburn
Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND — Measure NN, the city's ballot measure to impose a parcel tax in exchange for more police officers, will have the support this fall of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, whose CEO called it key to attracting business and changing the perception of Oakland as an unsafe city.
The ballot measure would add 105 police officers and 75 police services technicians over a three-year period. It would also mandate use of a new crime-data management system.
"The chamber has been a vocal and consistent advocate for improving public safety," chamber Chief Executive Officer Joe Haraburda said in a statement. "Getting more cops on the street will help reduce crime, increase incident response time, and change the perception of Oakland to support new business attraction. Creating a strong economy through new jobs and increased revenue will only help Oakland in the long run."
Scott Peterson, the chamber's public policy director, said the chamber has already started reaching out to its members to let them know about its support for Measure NN and is considering putting out a mailer in support of the more-cops measure.
Measure NN goes up for a vote Nov. 4. If approved, the tax for a single-family residential property would be $113 in the 2009-10 fiscal year and rise incrementally, reaching $276 in 2011-12. Exemptions would be made for low-income families.
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