Oakland Makes Right Choice to Appeal Measure Y Ruling

The Oakland City Council has decided to appeal a judge’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, would force the city to make at least $10 million in debilitating budget cuts, and could result in the police department assigning rookie cops to key positions that they’re not capable of handling. The court’s ruling, issued earlier this year, was the result of a lawsuit brought by an Oakland resident, Marleen Sacks, who claimed that the council illegally used funds from Measure Y, a citywide community-policing ballot initiative. The council and City Attorney John Russo, however, contend that there was no misuse of the measure’s funds.

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