Seneca Scott says his city and its leadership are broken. He has a plan to fix both.
While I no doubt disagree with Seneca on some issues, he sounds like a principle first guy. I would love to buy him a beer and talk about the world.
I wanted to add some condemnations of white progressives. I've written, edited, and deleted several comments. Short comments weren't nuanced enough and sounded hateful. I'll just keep it simple. To my eye, white progressives do not have to suffer the consequences of their policies. They talk to each other way too much, and only get out to the larger (some call it real) world to call folks names and preen.
Well, that comment was still not very nice, but I'll live with it.
Reference is made in the piece about the absurdly-progressive, 'prosecution is racist' Oakland DA Pamela Price, including an ironic aside about her work vehicle being broken into on the streets of Oakland and her work laptop stolen.
Yesterday, when I heard the Price/laptop story, I laughed out loud when I read the next element in the story, that Price had called the police to report the crime and was told that - if she didn't want to wait for an LEO to show up - she could submit a report of the theft online. After waiting an hour, she gave up and filed the report online. Damn, that is just funny, in a gallows-humor sort of way.
I have a long personal and family history in the SF Bay Area. My 3L internship was with the judicial staff for the US District Court in Oakland. I continue to have relatives in the area, including a niece who works at Kaiser/Oakland. She tells me that she is on edge whenever she goes out for lunch, keeping her head on a swivel. I worry for her safety. There are no 'safe areas.' She tells me that Oakland has been a hot dumpster-fire mess for years.
“I’m post-partisan. I don’t go left or right. I go up and down,” says Scott, who is not married and has no children. “Either you have integrity and solutions or you don’t.”
I used to be a hard-lined conservative, and have recently evolved into someone that finds himself somewhere in between, and I no longer have allegiance to any political party. It's difficult to find people who are eager to talk about issues and solutions, without getting into red and blue. Once you do that, you draw lines in the sand, and it becomes an argument about who is better (or worse).
After reading Seneca's story, I can now call myself a "post-partisan". We most definitely need a political revolution in this country, one that spans political lines. Here's to hope.
I live in Oakland and do business as a contractor in a city that has a corrupt and inept building department that gouges the public and offers very little value for their service. Basic law and order is unevenly and ineptly enforced. Homeless encampments and massive trash piles appear everywhere. Businesses are robbed routineIy by organized gangs that drive stolen cars through their storefronts. It is routine for cash businesses to get their tills emptied during peak business hours and if they are lucky a patrol car will stop by for a few minutes. I know a company that refuses to install garage doors in Oakland after their van was stolen and the police refused to follow their very incriminating evidentiary leads regarding the organized theft ring that stole it. A mile away from my home, stores at the Foothill Square were looted during the riot summer. My majority black Oakland Hills neighborhood has always had far fewer BLM signs than the far whiter areas where I work and almost none now. Angela Y. Davis, the celebrity leftist who has written extensively to promote decarceration under the guise of "abolition" so she can steal some thunder from Frederick Douglas and company, lives in these hills, enjoying her bourgeoise retirement in one of the cleaner and safer parts of a city with a defunded police department that can't manage the basics of public safety.
This. This is what all politicians should be like.
"But they’re doing it on purpose because they know if rural white people and inner-city black people ever started voting together, we would be able to take our republic back.”
This line gave me goose bumps.
Love this guy. Post-Partisan Solutionary- freakin awesome. I have rich relatives who live in the Oakland Hills...uber libs who I would bet my life voted for the current mayor.
I like Mr Scott for a simple reason. He is honest. I may not agree with him on particular issues but I get the feeling we are in sync on the core issues about a safe society for all. For without safety there is no society. We need more guys like Seneca who see people not identities. I hope he becomes mayor one day and proves thst reaching across racial and other lines works .
There really is something called the "social compact." It is expressed brilliantly in our Declaration of Independence. When government no longer is able or willing to perform the function for which the fruit of peoples' hard work is extorted in outrageous taxes, the compact is fractured. This goes back before our Declaration to Magna Carta. The time is now to refuse to support - or bear loyalty - to any government unit that is not doing its job. And this includes the current maladministration of JR Biden, which has subverted our immigration and civil rights laws.
What an inspiring American. Thank you, Mr. Scott. May your ideas and ideals be the future.
People who thought "defund the police" are just plain stupid. Who would think that that's okay? We are prisoners of a stupid mob.
And to think that in California you can't open or conceal carry. Now THAT'S a crime.
Oaklander and huge NTO devotee here. If we can turn things around here, we can do so anywhere. We’re going to win. Unfortunately there’s been too much collateral damage and much more to come beforehand. But we’re going to win.
I work for 988. I had a suicidal caller once, from Oakland. SERIOUSLY suicidal, met the criteria for imminent risk. I called OPD to initiate rescue and was given a wait time of 45 mins - 1 hour. Dispatch literally told me "yeah we have a shooting now we'll get there when we get there." This isn't some small town, this is a city of some size. You can't do both?
I shake my head at the whole thing. Progressivism is such a mass delusion...
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You know, there is a political party that is tough on crime and supports the rights of upstanding citizens to keep and bear arms.
I admire this guy, but I think a friendly takeover of the local Republican party would serve his interests far better than starting from scratch. It shouldn't be too hard: This being California, I bet the local Republican party has a ton of vacant committeemen spots, and the incumbents could be replaced with his allies if he could just get a couple hundred people to vote in a block.
Yes, he won't ever get ideological purity with either party, but he will get a heck of a lot more done. As Thomas Sowell pointed out: There are no solutions, only tradeoffs.
I’d love to read more profiles of people like Mr. Scott who are fighting back and making a difference.