Unwelcome attention for Alameda

First it was the false prophet of doom (aka the Rapture Pastor) who happens to live in our fair town!

Then, (on a much more serious note) the unfortunate suicide that occurred on Memorial Day while the police and fire personnel were  passive onlookers:

An apparently suicidal man waded into San Francisco Bay on Monday, stood up to his neck, and waited. As the man drowned, police, fire crews, and others watched idly from the shore. Why? Officials blamed a departmental policy, stemming from budget cuts, that prevented them from jumping in to save him. Fifty-year-old Raymond Zack spent nearly an hour in the water before drowning. A crowd of about 75 people, in addition to first responders, watched from the beach in Alameda across the bay from San Francisco as Zack inched farther and farther away, sometimes glancing back, a witness told the San Jose Mercury News. “The next thing he was floating face down.”

Also on Daily Kos

What is especially galling about this entire episode is that any potential savings from eliminating the water rescue team is going to be negligible when compared to a human life that could have been saved and should there be a lawsuit filed against the city as a result of this bungling of epic proportions.  Alameda couldn’t find a way to pony up $40k for the training, yet miraculously always finds a way to pay the outsized salaries and pension benefits to the very folks who did nothing but stand and watch as a man was dying.

This is certainly not Alameda, the place that time forgot.

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