Chip Johnson’s recent column (“Oakland neighbors fed up with police services, politicians,” 1/31/14) seems to suggest that a ballot measure in November focused on increased policing and the reduction of property crimes, break-ins and robberies is the answer to fixing the city’s public safety problem.
According to a poll we helped conduct of frequent Oakland voters, that doesn’t seem to be the public’s opinion. The poll was done to gauge attitudes toward a possible public safety measure, and it shows that voters value human lives over material possessions. Voters prioritized the reduction of gun violence and homicide (90%) over the reduction of property crime, break-ins and robberies (76%).
Thirty-eight percent of voters also said that they would prefer that funds raised would be split evenly between law enforcement and community programs, rather than funding one approach over another.
In a city with limited resources, we feel it is more important than ever to prioritize our desired outcomes and align our resources to prevent loss of life in our city.