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As I write this I’m listening to helicopters and random cracking noises from downtown.
I don’t have any images to share but will relate the state of Broadway Avenue in Oaktown, CA.
My wife, the dog, and I decided to take surface streets back from an errand at Jack London Square and see what happened downtown for ourselves. We saw Occupy and the disorder from four years ago during the previous police incident in Minneapolis. What we saw on our drive back made me physically ill; graffiti on every vertical surface: buildings, concrete hardscaping, granite, everything, for 25+ blocks. Piles of broken glass swept up into pyramids outside a mini Target store that was boarded up from last night’s carnage, plywood going up on auto row.
The content of the graffiti was equal parts anti-police and a greatest hits of the politically incoherent. It’s sickening.
For the 25+ years I’ve been here I can summarize our city leadership as follows: Elihu Harris (incompetent), Jerry Brown (surprisingly competent and, well, still Jerry), Ron Dellums (incompetent and invisible), Jean Quan (incompetent and supine), and current mayor Libby Schaff (incompetent, supine and guilty white lady woke). I try mightily to find the “Sensible Party“ candidate in each local and state election and find myself “just another f-ing observer.”Published in