There seems no end to Oakland’s government dysfunction.
Over a six-year period, fire inspectors failed to examine nearly 80 percent of buildings firefighters had referred to them for followup of dangerous conditions, according to a Bay Area News Group data analysis.
The acting fire chief’s response: A refusal to answer questions and a canned statement that the problems were due primarily to staffing shortages and computer database problems.
But if you want a sense of the community’s response, consider the comments of a man who lived next door to a building that burned down — one of those that was supposed to be inspected but never was.
“I guess this is Oakland,” he said. “You can’t really expect it.”
That’s how low the bar has sunk in the Bay Area’s third largest city. Residents have stopped expecting basic municipal services: Fire inspections. Police showing up when you call. Decent roads. Responsible management of public money.
Incompetent Democrats say only more money will solve everything. Republicans, notorious for caring little for the plight of the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, or people of color, just look away.
Source: East Bay Times