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Steyr_223
02-12-2008, 9:58 AM
Go Patrick go!!

:)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/12/BAD4V0ISA.DTL

Gunman running for council seat. Patrick McCullough wants a three-year "surge" of police officers to fight violence. Chronicle photo, 2005, by Paul Chinn

http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2008/02/12/ba_b1_mccullough_052_pc.jpg

Some people consider Oakland resident Patrick McCullough a hero. In 2005, he made headlines when he shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy during a confrontation with a group of men outside his home.

To others, he is regarded as nothing more than a nutty vigilante who broke the law and used a gun to solve a problem.

Whatever side of the fence you sit on, McCullough is now a registered candidate for the District One seat on the Oakland City Council, which is now held by three-time incumbent Jane Brunner.

His platform? You guessed it - law and order. He wants a lot more police officers to fight violence in the city, where seven men were shot and killed this weekend.

McCullough, a 52-year-old Chicago native, likens his campaign to that of presidential candidate Barack Obama, with just a dash of GOP front-runner John McCain tossed in.

"He's a maverick, and I'm a maverick," McCullough told me Monday, referring to Obama. "People in Oakland are so fed up with crime - and residents are hungry for solutions. They're saying they don't want to deal with this anymore."

McCullough, an electronics technician for the city of Berkeley who holds a law degree, is a political first-timer whose claim to fame came three years ago this month when he was surrounded by a group of 15 men outside his home on 59th Street near Shattuck Avenue.

Some members of the group, upset that McCullough had reported their activities to police, shouted "Kill the Snitch." McCullough fired when he said he saw teenager Melvin McHenry reaching for a gun in his waistband. He was never charged.

A year ago, a shotgun blast was fired through the McCulloughs' home as they returned from church services. Oakland police investigators said the shooting was in retaliation for the 2005 incident.

"I expect to see some people rally against me, and I'd tell them the same thing I would say to them if we spoke individually," he said. "My willingness to defend my life is only one part of me, but I've done it all my life and I will continue to do it."

McCullough spent much of his youth on Chicago's South Side in neighborhoods quite similar to Oakland's most rough-and-tumble streets. He joined the Navy after high school, served seven years and learned the skills he now employs in his Berkeley job.

He met his wife, Daphne, whom he calls the "real lioness" of the family, in night classes when they were law students at Golden Gate University. They have one son, Patrick, 11.

If he's elected, McCullough says he will push to immediately increase the number of police officers on Oakland streets by using city funds or a new tax measure to hire officers from other jurisdictions to create an initial three-year "surge" of up to 1,200 police officers.

Once crime rates are reduced to a manageable level, McCullough says, a police department of between 1,000 and 1,100 officers can provide an acceptable level of public safety. The city now has about 730 officers, and Mayor Ron Dellums has pledged to increase the force to 803 by year's end.

"We need an overwhelming force to contain the crime while working on the social programs that will affect the long-term goals," he said. "If you can't maintain safety in the streets, no one is going to want to pay for those programs."

On that point, McCullough is preaching to the choir when it comes to Oakland residents. One of the victims of this weekend's shootings was gunned down Friday afternoon on 58th Street, one block from McCullough's house.

About 12 hours later, McCullough's neighbors heard the distinct sound of automatic gunfire - as many as 40 rounds.

Whether you like McCullough's approach or not, he definitely has his finger on the pulse of what an increasing number of Oakland residents want the city to address immediately.

Brunner, the incumbent, says she knows very little about her challenger other than his brush with notoriety. She, too, said Oakland must find a way to fund a larger police force, but insists on fulfilling the requirements of voter-approved Measure Y before asking for more money.

Passed in 2004, Measure Y set the number of sworn police personnel at 803 and directed funding to police hiring and crime prevention programs.

She's been impressed with the city's new geographic-based police districts, and hopes to see some benefits. Brunner added that she's been one of the few council members who pushed Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker to come up with a long-term plan for police recruitment beyond the 803 officers mandated by the tax measure.

While she and the rest of the council waited, homicides rose 22 percent in her district, the safest in the city, between 2006 and 2007. "That's just not acceptable," she said.

McCullough agrees, but says Brunner's constituents have already waited long enough to see results that have never materialized. In addition to that, he doesn't want to see Brunner, or any other council member who is up for re-election, run unopposed, giving the appearance that residents are satisfied.

"I have to live here; I don't want to move and I'm tired of people making bad decisions that I've got to live with," McCullough said. "This is an area where I believe I can do something about it - something good.

"I have no real authority, but as a city official I'd use the bully pulpit - without being a bully - to make those changes," he said.

yellowfin
02-12-2008, 10:02 AM
It would be nice if he's on the council and pressures for more issuance of permits. Could that be hoped for?

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 10:03 AM
i just read that in the Chronicle...I'd give money to his campaign.

Would be nice to see someone with a brain on the city council

dasmi
02-12-2008, 10:06 AM
If I was an Oakland resident, he'd have my vote.

CCWFacts
02-12-2008, 10:07 AM
He definitely did have a rare Oakland CCW. I assume it's still current. I hope he'll make CCW issuance a political issue in Oakland. They need it badly.

Steyr_223
02-12-2008, 10:26 AM
I agree that Patrick would be great for Oakland. They do need the help. Checkout Ms. Brunner the current council seat for district 1..




http://www.oaklandnet.com/government/council/coun_mem/brunner/bio.html

vandal
02-12-2008, 10:29 AM
McCain-McCullough '08!

CCWFacts
02-12-2008, 10:40 AM
CalGuns.net etc could probably raise a significant amount of money for this guy. Would anyone in the Bay Area like to meet him and see if we can get a clear and public statement on his stance on CCW issuance?

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 10:43 AM
CalGuns.net etc could probably raise a significant amount of money for this guy. Would anyone in the Bay Area like to meet him and see if we can get a clear and public statement on his stance on CCW issuance?

I would be willing. If for nothing else than to shake his hand. Maybe a small delegation from CG?

CCWFacts
02-12-2008, 10:47 AM
If someone there contacts him and sets up a time for the meeting, I'll go, even though it's a long drive for me.

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 10:49 AM
If someone there contacts him and sets up a time for the meeting, I'll go, even though it's a long drive for me.

I am looking in to how to contact him at the moment

Steyr_223
02-12-2008, 11:08 AM
LOL!

The feedback on Patrick has been so positive on the SFgate blog that they changed the title..

Was "Gunman running for council seat" now it says "One-time vigilante running for council seat"

Many of the posters were complaining of the use of the word "Gunman" and the negative slant of the article..

This is a very good thing! Go Patrick go!!

1911_sfca
02-12-2008, 11:13 AM
NICE.

For all of you who constantly bemoan the lack of CCW issuance in the Bay Area, NOW is your chance to get politically involved and do something about it. :patriot:

CCWFacts
02-12-2008, 11:35 AM
Yeah but he is obviously able to get media attention. If he makes CCW reform a key part of his campaign, other politicians, and also the residents of Oakland, will have to start assessing and debating this particular policy position. That's the first step towards progress. It will also show that there is support for CCW reform, even in liberal Oakland. And the crime situation there is truly out of control. Desperate Oaklanders might be willing to consider more options.

Note that a single city council member by himself can't do much to change CCW policy, except to open up debate on it. If you have a majority, they have the power to set CCW policy to be whatever they want, by telling the police chief or city manager, "you start doing this or we'll fire you and we'll find someone else who will do it." They can also pass a resolution declaring "personal protection shall be 'good cause' WRT PC 12050". I'm not sure if that is legally binding or not though.

1911_sfca
02-12-2008, 11:37 AM
should there be a calguns delegation, please bear in mind that if anyone's campaign is not viable, there may not be much anyone can do about it.

there may be places that we can help put someone over the top, and if this is that place, then thats great.. but I want to see the numbers ...

dying on your sword hurts...

Oh right, we wouldn't want to lend support to a candidate that isn't viable just because he stands for principles that we support. Because our good name is so valuable in Bay Area politics that we should shun those who can't be helped. In the end it might be wiser to sit around here on our butts and discuss our sorry situation in CA rather than going outside and actually doing something about it.

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 11:51 AM
One thing to keep in mind as well is this is not a large election. Even if he does not win, the issues are still discussed and it opens the door for the next election as then those ideas and policies discussed will not be shocking as the subject has been broached before.

He seems to be a genuine guy, and would have appeal to a cross section of voters. This is only a base analysis of course.

Even a silent support can be helpful as well. Supplying volunteers, funds, etc.

I am beginning to like this idea. I have an email in to work on getting in contact with him.

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 12:14 PM
I have his phone number and will be giving him a call this afternoon

Fjold
02-12-2008, 12:25 PM
Law and order candidate, veteran, 2nd Amendment supporter, what's not to like?

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 12:54 PM
Law and order candidate, veteran, 2nd Amendment supporter, what's not to like?

It remains to be seen his views on other areas of policy, but so far I like what I see.

I should know more tomorrow

Anthonysmanifesto
02-12-2008, 1:11 PM
It remains to be seen his views on other areas of policy, but so far I like what I see.

I should know more tomorrow

I guess I only wieghed in on this becasue I had hoped that we would be as interested in his political viability as well as his policy views.

so if we go there and quiz this guy on his policies, and leave without having a clue what he plans on doing to win (even if you ahve an alternate definition)... that might be a an excercise in well.. excercises.

trusting the Oakland tribune to carry a message isnt as fun as being viable and crafting and controlling your own message. you saw the headine today.. is this really the venue you want to air "our issues"?

we know he is a working professional with a trade, we know from the article he is a veteran and we know hes probably clean on the criminal end as he didnt get charged during that shoot out. we know he takes individual responsibilty for his family's self defense and seems like a real man through and through...

but does he have manager? does he have fundraising ability? does he have grassroots support? special interest support/connections? the incumbent does...

is he registered to vote? you think im kidding, ive run into this before. if so, what party? for how long? I had a gentleman ask me for help for a city council race 2 weeks out from the election. I asked him what party he was registere din. He said he wasnt sure... it was a very short meeting.

maybe its just me... but please keep these kinds of things in your mind when you speak to potential candidates.

Soldier415
02-12-2008, 1:18 PM
I guess I only wieghed in on this becasue I had hoped that we would be as interested in his political viability as well as his policy views.

so if we go there and quiz this guy on his policies, and leave without having a clue what he plans on doing to win (even if you ahve an alternate definition)... that might be a an excercise in well.. excercises.

trusting the Oakland tribune to carry a message isnt as fun as being viable and crafting and controlling your own message. you saw the headine today.. is this really the venue you want to air "our issues"?

we know he is a working professional with a trade, we know from the article he is a veteran and we know hes probably clean on the criminal end as he didnt get charged during that shoot out. we know he takes individual responsibilty for his family's self defense and seems like a real man through and through...

but does he have manager? does he have fundraising ability? does he have grassroots support? special interest support/connections? the incumbent does...

is he registered to vote? you think im kidding, ive run into this before. if so, what party? for how long? I had a gentleman ask me for help for a city council race 2 weeks out from the election. I asked him what party he was registere din. He said he wasnt sure... it was a very short meeting.

maybe its just me... but please keep these kinds of things in your mind when you speak to potential candidates.

Anthony,

You know a little bit about my political background here in the State, and I have my finger in more than one pie in the State’s political arena. Trust me when I say that I will definitely be evaluating all that you mentioned above. Identifying those issues would be a must in order to see in what areas, if any, we can or are willing to help in.

Not going headlong into this, but a phone conversation and a sit down doesn’t have much of a down side at this point.

Steyr_223
02-12-2008, 1:24 PM
I like this post on the SFGate Blog..

"pharaoh wrote:

Chip Johnson, Chronicleman's perfect world: the young men arrive at the McCullough residence to carry out the death sentence for "snitching". Patrick McCullough gets on his knees and begs for his life. The 15 year old pulls out his piece and dispatches the snitch, like a right of passage into adulthood. Then, just to make sure all those social progressives in the neighborhood get the message, they execute the wife and son (after a little tension relieving activity). The community rises up in concern, holding candlelight vigils and flowery speeches and singing Cumbaya at the growing shrine in front of the dead family's residence. Jane Brunner expresses her "concern" in a heartfelt speech at the memorial service. Ron Dellums announces a new community based outreach program grant to the neighborhood youths of $500,000.00. In return, the youths will confine their activities to poor neighborhoods. All the social progressives breath a sigh of relief and overwhelmingly re-elect Jane Brunner!!

Posted 2/12/2008 1:15:51 PM"

Anthonysmanifesto
02-12-2008, 1:28 PM
Anthony,

You know a little bit about my political background here in the State, and I have my finger in more than one pie in the State’s political arena. Trust me when I say that I will definitely be evaluating all that you mentioned above. Identifying those issues would be a must in order to see in what areas, if any, we can or are willing to help in.

Not going headlong into this, but a phone conversation and a sit down doesn’t have much of a down side at this point.

awesome... look forward hearing more then.

Steyr_223
02-13-2008, 10:38 AM
TTT Any updates from Patrick?

Steyr_223
02-14-2008, 9:41 AM
Any update from Patrick??

Soldier415
02-14-2008, 10:38 PM
Yep, spent about a half hour on the phone with him today.

Don't want to go into too much detail as this forum is read by many :TFH:

BUT...based on my experience...there is some serious potential here given a good campaign manager and grassroots support. the purpose was to ascertain if it was even worth having a sit down with a small delegation to discuss further, and the answer to that is very much yes.

If you are a Bay Area calgunner and would like to attend, PM me and let me know so we can put this together and I can share details offline.

I can say that Patrick is what Oakland desperately needs ;)

ldivinag
02-14-2008, 11:28 PM
i remember how this dude got his CCW in oakland...

after the attacks to him and his house, and after him saying a loud NO TO MOVING OUT, oakland pd had no options but to give him one.

again... it goes to show you, you need to be a VICTIM first before anything happens...

sigh...

Soldier415
02-14-2008, 11:33 PM
i remember how this dude got his CCW in oakland...

after the attacks to him and his house, and after him saying a loud NO TO MOVING OUT, oakland pd had no options but to give him one.

again... it goes to show you, you need to be a VICTIM first before anything happens...

sigh...

Good part is he refused to be run out of his home by punks. Stayed his ground even after having his house shot up again, shows dedication to the community

jdberger
02-15-2008, 12:40 AM
I'm in...

Let's hear what he has to say.

Socal858
02-15-2008, 9:57 AM
I wish this guy the best of luck, it sounds like he is definitely trying to do good things.

GuyW
02-15-2008, 11:44 AM
Having a real, thinking man like this in office in CA would sure put the libs panties in a bunch...

CCWFacts
02-15-2008, 1:57 PM
Here's more on the out-of-control crime situation: Socialist mayor Dellums is AWOL while bodies pile up (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BA54V2SJ2.DTL).

Looks like there's a lot of unhappiness there. It would be hard to have a worse mayor than Dellums, unless Marion Barry decided to move to Oakland.

Termed-out Perata may try to replace Mayor Dellums. I don't know if that's good or bad.

We need to get Patrick into city council and get him to make CCW reform a front-and-center issue. Oakland isn't going to have money to pay for, or ability to recruit, the number of new cops it needs. And I'm not convinced that adding a few hundred more cops is going to have a drastic impact on the murder rate.

ldivinag
02-15-2008, 3:10 PM
dellums was a lame duck his FIRST DAY...

and continues to be one.

i really feel sorry for oakland citizens when they have to deal with that kinda of leadership.

wheelgunner
02-16-2008, 7:52 AM
Oaktown is really screwed up. Its to bad, it could be a really nice place.

2 years ago at 107th and E14th I was house sitting for my brother-in-law. I woke up to gun fire outside bedroom window. It was close enough that after I dove to the floor, muzzle flashes from continuing gunfire lit up the curtains. I grabbed my shotgun which is loaded with buck shot and slugs, called the police direct number to dispatch. I told them what is going on right now.

Dispatch reply- "Do you want us to send someone out?"

My reply- "Are you f^%*ing kidding me? No its OK, they are 3 houses down shooting."

Dispatch reply- "If you want, we can send a squad car in a little while to drive through the neighborhood."

My reply- "profanity" and I hung up.

Continued shooting for another few minutes moving through the neighborhood. Me, white guy in my underwear outside watching these guys in a box Chevy shooting at someone running through the neighborhood and he is shooting back.

A few months ago my brother-in-laws house was broken into, the neighbors called the police. Police said they were very busy and won't be able to send anyone out until later. Neighbors called my brother-in-law at work. Neighbors watched for 1/2 hour while 3 guys causally loaded up their van laughing. Neighbors even told us that the burglars took a break to drink beer on the front porch.

Brother-in-law finally gets home and my wife meets him there. Brother-in-law calls the police, say they are busy, my wife calls police and tells them they have 2 disabled children at the house, police show up in half and hour. Police tell my brother-in-law that they will fill out an "Incident" report. My brother-in-law gives them the description of the van and license number that the neighbors wrote down.

Just Great.

Now my brother-in-law is going to move in with us and foreclose on his house.

Oaktown needs a lot of change and it sure isn't happening with the status quo.

If I knew the solution I sure as hell would do something.

I hope Mr. McCullough can make a difference. I would gladly contirbute to his campaign.

Moderators, can we do a sticky on this?

retired
02-17-2008, 11:02 PM
Termed-out Perata may try to replace Mayor Dellums. I don't know if that's good or bad.

CCWFacts, don't you recall what he said after his state red Charger with the 22" DUBS was stolen at gunpoint. He basically reiterated his long standing gun control stance that he has had for the last 20 or so years. So, to answer your question; that's bad.:mad:

CCWFacts
02-17-2008, 11:08 PM
CCWFacts, don't you recall what he said after his state red Charger with the 22" DUBS was stolen at gunpoint. He basically reiterated his long standing gun control stance that he has had for the last 20 or so years. So, to answer your question; that's bad.:mad:

I was wondering about "good or bad" in relation to, "is Perata better or worse than Dellums." I don't know if that question is answerable, and I won't try to answer it. They're both so bad in terms of gun rights that it hurts me to contemplate it.