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Fox Business – 200 Oakland businesses go on strike over “rampant violent crime”

  |   By Polling+ Staff

Latham Square in downtown Oakland, California on a sunny morning.

Well this is new.

Fox Business informs: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/hundreds-oakland-businesses-reportedly-strike-rampant-violent-crime-plaguing-california-city

Hundreds of Oakland businesses reportedly to go on strike over rampant violent crime plaguing California city

More than 200 Oakland businesses expected to participate in Tuesday’s strike

The story reports:

“More than 200 businesses are reportedly set to go on strike in Oakland, California, in protest of rampant violent crime they say is driving customers from their establishments. 

‘If not, there will be more businesses that will close. So we may sacrifice maybe one day, people may close the entire day, or maybe two hours, but that is a time when we have to say enough is enough,’ Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, who helped organize the strike, told Fox 2 KTVU. 

The strike involves some businesses closing for the entire day and others who cannot afford to do so instead shutting their doors between 10 a.m. and noon. Chan himself survived a violent attack last year, and the now-convicted assailant reportedly went on to brutally assault an 88-year-old Asian woman in nearby San Francisco just months later. 

Business owners told KTVU that they are suffering from repeated break-ins and robberies, and their patrons and employees alike are fearing for their safety.”

There are strikes and then there are strikes. Hollywood writers have been on strike, bringing silence to late night talk/comedy shows. The UAW is striking, bringing turmoil to Detroit and the automotive business, shaking the national economy. Both former President Trump and President Biden have or will visit to discuss.

But for some 200 independent businesses in Oakland to strike all at once? That would be a first. And the reason for the strike – “rampant violent crime they say is driving customers from their establishments”- this should finally be a wake-up call for California’s public officials. The mayor and city council of Oakland, Governor Gavin Newsom, the local district attorney – where are they in the middle of all this.

Safe to say this crime situation in Oakland is seriously out of control. The obvious question is how did it get this far – and who is responsible?