Oakland Violated Measure Y

The City of Oakland has misspent millions of dollars of Measure Y funds, a parcel tax that pays for part of the police department’s community policing program, an Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled. The decision by Judge Frank Roesch affirms a tentative ruling he made in February. The police department had used Measure Y funds to recruit, hire, and train rookie cops so that it could put veterans into community policing roles. But Roesch ruled that this program violated Measure Y, because he said the measure requires that its funds can only be used to pay directly for community policing officers.

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