SAN JOSE -- Gov. Jerry Brown, the former mayor of Oakland, said today that his home city "has to solve its own problems," after a surge in crime has prompted Oakland's vice mayor to call for a state of emergency to free up state aid.
"Certainly I want to help where we can, but Oakland has to solve its own problems," the Democratic governor told reporters here. "The clergy, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the mayor, you've got to pull together in extraordinary ways to respond. And as a citizen of Oakland, I wish you well and I'll do my part."
Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid told the Oakland Tribune last week that the city had "lost control" and should call a state of emergency, though the newspaper reported today that other city leaders have rejected that idea.
Brown said that with "everybody working together, we can drive that crime in Oakland down, I'm confident."
Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, own a house in the Oakland hills. They stay in a rented loft in Sacramento when they are at the Capitol.