Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 17, 2020

Starting point

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Here’s the Special Meeting folks if you want the City Council to start actively considering making systemic changes to how Alameda does policing.  Tonight the only thing on this special meeting agenda is:

Recommendation that the City Council: (A) Authorize the Mayor to Sign-On to Former President Obama’s Pledge to Introduce Common-Sense Limits on Police Use of Force; (B) Authorize the City Manager, in Partnership with the Chief of Police, to Evaluate and Update Alameda Police Department Policies Related to the “8 Can’t Wait” Initiative. (City Manager 2110)

Want to talk about defunding or unbundling the police department.   The meeting starts at 5:30 PM.  To participate over Zoom, you’ll need to register here:

The City will allow public participation via Zoom. Please register here:

If you want to submit public comment ahead of time:

Email (, text (510-747-4802) or voicemail (510-747-4802).

The staff report has some data for review ahead of time, specifically:

By way of data, APD has responded to an average 68,445 calls per year in the last 5 years (2015-2019). During that time, the Department averaged 1,825 arrests per year and an average of 27.6 uses of force per year.

This Tweeter uncovered this graph detailing the calls for service in 2019:

I feel like a fair number of these calls like Forgery/Counterfeiting, Emb/Fraud, Disturbing Peace, Family/Child, Liquor Laws…these are all things that could be handle by an authority figure who doesn’t carry a weapon and can help provide non threatening mediation services.  So if you want to address these issues, tonight’s meeting is not necessarily the best place, this more focused agenda item would be a good place to consolidate every and any idea or opinion folks have on the issue to make sure they don’t get lost in a pile of consent agenda discussions.


  1. Will the meeting be live streamed outside of the Zoom app?

    Comment by MP — June 17, 2020 @ 11:08 am

    • It always streams on the City’s website and I think (sometimes) on Facebook.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 17, 2020 @ 12:29 pm

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