How many cops does it take to shut down a party? NIMBY applied for party permits, which the city sat on for weeks. Out of cash and with the party date approaching, they decided to go for it. Their mistake? Asking for permission. This was the City of Oakland’s response.
What you’re looking at some of the police who were deployed on that warm June evening. They surrounded the entire city block. At least ten officers, doubtless happy to pull the overtime pay, were on station from 6pm until well past one in the morning. Oddly, they weren’t too happy about me shooting pictures. This is in East Oakland, arguably the most dangerous part of the most dangerous city in the United States. They saved us from… San Francisco hipsters?
Check out the article in the Chronicle; it’s more of the ongoing harassment from the city government. After moving to East Oakland at the encouragement of the community and economic development agency, NIMBY started working towards permits to do industrial work. In an industrial area, zoned for industry. So far? Denied. They’d also like to do periodic events (also legal for the zoning, as long as they pull event permits and don’t do it more than a few times a year). They can’t even APPLY - because the industrial permits have been stalled.
Small wonder Oakland’s broke.