Elaine Brown May Win $3.5 Million In Civil Assault Verdict vs Oakland, But Desley Brooks Was Right
The sad tale of former Oakland Black Panther Party member Elaine Brown and Oakland District Six City Councilmember Desley Brooks has its latest chapter in the news that Brown wins (at least for now, because I’d be surprised if the City didn’t file an appeal).
But the rumored fight that happened in the Everett and Jones bathroom on October 30th 2015 was an example of how the professional can quickly get personal in Oakland. Brown had an affordable housing development project that sought city funding, yet was stalled.
It was because Brooks wanted to see a development pro-forms, which is a profit and loss forecast that is easy to do. Well, Brown reportedly did not like that.
Whatever really happened it led to no criminal charges filed against Brooks. The case verdict is civil.
What is clear is that taxpayer dollars are being used over an issue that could be solved if both Brooks and Brown just apologized and hugged it out. Indeed, someone needs to bring them together in a mature way, and because we have a city system that encourages immature behavior: you don’t like someone, so there’s all kinds of ways to make false claims and then get a group of people to back them. Take the Ethics Commission, as one example.
Someone will want to pay staff time for this crap. Where’s the mature leader who gets them both together and solves this? Hello? Mayor Schaaf? It’s your time.