Oakland Council Rejects Port Disruption Measure

By Salon Staff

Published December 21, 2011 4:54PM (EST)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland officials have rejected a measure that called on city leaders to use more aggressive policing to prevent disruptions at the port, following an anti-Wall Street demonstration earlier this month that blocked longshoremen from reporting to work.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/v1Jbwl) the measure failed to garner the six votes it needed to pass the City Council on Tuesday.

Council members said they're open to considering another resolution to prevent a port shutdown. But they want further study and cost estimates before taking any such resolution to a vote.

Tuesday's measure was proposed after anti-Wall Street protesters disrupted truck traffic and blocked longshoremen from reporting to work for nearly 24 hours on Dec 12. Much of the port was shut down, resulting in millions of dollars in losses.

Police mostly stood back during the demonstration.

Tuesday's council meeting was repeatedly interrupted by Occupy protesters opposed to the resolution.

Salon Staff

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