Resolution for financial audit of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Resolutions from the Wellstone Club to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors – January 24, 2019

WHEREAS, activist and community groups requested that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors audit the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office budget in the interest of transparency; and

WHEREAS, community groups have called attention to the $144 million increase in the Sheriff’s budget over the past 10 years while the Alameda County jail population decreased significantly; and

WHEREAS, reports have detailed prisoner hunger strikes in protest of inhumane and abusive conditions at sheriff-run facilities; and

WHEREAS, community members have also questioned the Sheriff’s decision to accept grant money and adopt policing activities associated with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) and judgement related to the design and operation of the yearly Urban Shield exercise; and

WHEREAS, the Alameda County community would benefit from the increased transparency resulting from an independent audit as potential savings could be redirected toward education, housing, public safety and other critical priorities; and

WHEREAS, the Berkeley City Council has adopted a similar resolution,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club that it hereby supports community requests for a financial and performance audit of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office budget; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to the Oakland City Council, urging the Council to adopt a similar resolution.

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         Jack Kurzweil jack.kurzweil@gmail.com