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#EastBayTimes rightly rips feckless #MayorLibbySchaaf over fire deaths

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says she “went through the roof” when she heard last week about emails showing the fire department knew for at least 2 1/2 months about safety problems at the site of last week’s fire that killed four.

Well, it’s about time she got angry.

For four months now, we’ve watched the Schaaf administration try — unsuccessfully — to manage the message. The reality is that the city’s fire safety inspection system is dysfunctional and requires a top-to-bottom overhaul.

Safety must come first. Forty people have died in four months in fires that were preventable. It’s time to unequivocally put safety first.

The reality is that Schaaf is a loser, and part of Oakland’s problem.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

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