Education in Oakland

Measure Y Bureaucrats Thrive

Posted by novometro on November 19, 2007

There’s more bad news on the Measure Y beat. It’s well known that the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act approved by Oakland voters in 2004 has failed to deliver the promised increase in sworn officers. But a rather thin report from the City Administrator shows that there has been no corresponding difficulty finding bureaucrats to gorge at the Measure Y trough.

Of the $20 million spent on Measure Y annually, around 5 percent goes to the equivalent of around 10 full-time employees “charged to Measure Y funds.” The roughly $1.2 million in salaries includes six positions dedicated 100 percent to the administration of the failing measure. Still, this might not be enough City Hall employees to get the job done.

Jeff Baker, the person in the city administrator’s office whose full-time job is making sure the Measure Y Oversight Committee operates smoothly, did not find the time to post the agenda to Monday’s committee meeting as the law requires. The assistant to the City Administrator may want to consider hiring an assistant himself. The cops can’t seem to find anyone willing to take the money.

But bureaucratic bloat is to be expected at Oakland City Hall. The real sad news at Monday’s meeting comes from a 229-page report from Berkeley Policy Associates and the RAND Corporation. The researchers made a detailed evaluation of Measure Y’s various programs and found that “the effectiveness of Measure Y implementation is not altogether positive.”

There is one piece of good news for Oakland City Hall news junkies. Monday night’s meeting of the oversight committee will be the first to be broadcast live on KTOP. If you don’t have cable television, you can watch streaming video here.

What: Measure Y Oversight Committee Regular Meeting

When: Monday, November 19 6:30 pm

Where: Hearing Room One, First Floor of City Hall


7 Responses to “Measure Y Bureaucrats Thrive”

  1. Jonathan C. Breault said

    Measure Y is a scandalous fraud. It is another means by which the ridiculous, completely ineffectual “Progresives” who predominate at City Hall can portray themselves as being sympathetic and at the same time constructive towards the victims and perpetrators of crime. Anything they can do to detract attention from the paramount problem in Oakland which is out-of-control crime along with a tiny police department that receives no respect from the politicians and is so out numbered by the swine who run the streets throughout Oakland that most people do not report crimes because there is no effective response forthcoming. Measure Y is a complete scandal and does nothing but enrich the parasites who converge on city hall anytime free money is available promising effective social programs etc but in reality simply collecting and forgetting. Jean Quan and Nancy Nadel are so vile and repulsive that words cannot adequately convey the damage their insipid, downright stupid ideas and policies have caused Oakland. Deluded, autocratic, narrow minded and clueless. The entire city council and Mayor Dellums are incompetent, corrupt yet unrepentant. Youth UpRising, a major beneficiary of Measure Y funds is disgusting; nothing more than a conduit to the “hyphy” blitheringly dumb and self destructive lifestyle which is destroying thousands of kid’s lives and rendering Oakland a wasteland of swine to boot.

  2. Charles Pine said

    That Nov. 19 meeting of the oversight committee was dramatic, at least by committee history. Dellums’ public safety director Lenore Anderson asked the committee to send the city council a recommendation in favor of her $575,000 proposal for “street outreach workers.” The committee refused. For details of her proposal and the committe’s decision, see

  3. Jeff Baker did not post the agenda again for today’s meeting. Can Novometro please request his salary? The San Jose Mercury News fought and won a court battle to make this information public. They’ve requested similar info for government employees in the South Bay and posted it on their Web site. I’m sure any of the reporters down there would be happy to explain how they worded their public records requests. Also folks who read this blog should know that they don’t have to be a reporter to file a public records request. Anyone can do this.

  4. V Smoothe said

    Baker canceled tonight’s meeting this morning. I received a notice of cancellation, but no explanation as to why. It shouldn’t take a public records request to get Baker’s salary – that information is available in Measure Y expenditure reports, although I don’t quite have the time to look through and find it at the moment. Off the top of my head, I think I remember Maya Dillard-Smith using the number $190,000 at a meeting? Of course, that would include the entire cost of him too the City, benefits and such. His actual salary would be less.

  5. James Ryan said

    Sanjiv is at it again

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