Don’t think this story will get much coverage in the Golden State, but it should:
St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a national study released Sunday. . . .
Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five.
Now, maybe Oakland owes its ranking on this list to its current mayor who like his predecessor is career politician. The outgoing and current mayor, Ron Dellums, was preceded by a Mr. J. Brown, the once (and alas) future governor of the (once-)Golden State.
Now, perhaps crime accelerated under Mr. Dellums and his predecessor had nothing to do with the California city earning the ignominious distinction. But, this might be a matter of concern for Californians. So, let’s look at the record. To be fair to Jerry Brown, the number of crimes committed in Oakland did decline by 13% while he was mayor, but there was a “57 percent spike in homicides his final year in office“.