That boondoggle is the Domain Awareness Center System - the DAC.
- We don’t want it.
- We don’t need it.
- The Port refuses to allocate money for it.
- We shouldn’t have to pay for it.
- We need to protect privacy, not degrade it.
But it’s more than just shameful; it's outrageous. Outrageous that the City Council could still be considering funding the DAC out of Oakland's own monies - when those funds could be better used to keep libraries open, repair potholes, fund youth programs and many other services that Oakland residents would like to see. Oakland has a balanced budget requirement, which means that the multi-million dollar DAC operating costs must be taken from other revenues. The fact is that almost no one in Oakland cares about or wants to see the DAC operational, and no one wants to pay for it when we have an estimated $20 million budget deficit with no tangible benefit to the city in activating the DAC.
If there's a road near you that needs repair, trash on the street that isn't being picked up, kids with no after-school programs, libraries suffering from reduced hours and staffing - or any other services you might want the City to provide - you need to speak up!
Call or email your City Council representatives today and tell them:
No, no money we don't have for a surveillance system we don't want. Defund the DAC!
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Watch former Oakland City Council member Wilson Riles explain the trap of grant and expectations funding:
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