Oakland chamber backs tax to boost city police force - Inside Bay Area:
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Chief Executive Officer Joe Haraburda
By Kelly Rayburn
Article Last Updated: 10/02/2008 11:00:57 PM PDT
OAKLAND — Measure NN, the city's ballot measure to impose a parcel tax in exchange for more police officers, will have the support this fall of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, whose CEO called it key to attracting business and changing the perception of Oakland as an unsafe city.
The ballot measure would add 105 police officers and 75 police services technicians over a three-year period. It would also mandate use of a new crime-data management system.
'The chamber has been a vocal and consistent advocate for improving public safety,' chamber Chief Executive Officer Joe Haraburda said in a statement. 'Getting more cops on the street will help reduce crime, increase incident response time, and change the perception of Oakland to support new business attraction. Creating a strong economy through new jobs and increased revenue will only help Oakland in the long run.'"