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Oakland, Calif. mayor calls for hiring more cops

By Christopher Heredia
The San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — A defensive Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums trumpeted his record of good deeds and promised during his first State of the City address on Monday to put more police officers on the streets to battle violence and street crime.

He has been under increasing criticism from residents and business leaders for not acting more aggressively to address violence in the city. Oakland finished 2007 with 127 homicides, down from 148 killings in 2006 but the second-highest total in 12 years.

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