A proposal to put more police on Oakland streets and free up officers to focus on crime fighting won a ringing endorsement Tuesday, while Gov. Brown made it clear that the city should not expect an influx of state aid to solve its crime woes.
"Certainly I want to help where we can, but Oakland has to solve its own problems," Brown told reporters, according to the Sacramento Bee. "The clergy, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the mayor, you've got to pull together in extraordinary ways to respond. And as a citizen of Oakland, I wish you well and I'll do my part."
Late last year, Brown directed the California Highway Patrol to help Oakland's undermanned police department deal with an ongoing crime wave. After four people were gunned down in Oakland Friday, city leaders considered calling a state of emergency, but opted against it after determining that it wouldn't trigger additional aid.
On Tuesday, the council's Finance Committee approved proposals to contract with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to help patrol streets, provide funding for the city's third police academy within the past year and hire 21 civilian employees for the police department.
Most of the civilian hires would do lower level police work, freeing up officers to focus on crime fighting.
The proposals will go before the full council next week.
Later Tuesday, the council's Public Safety is expected to advance a proposal to hire former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton to implement a crime-reduction plan. Protests are planned by opponents who fear Bratton will advocate giving Oakland police more latitude to stop and search potential suspects.