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Oakland’s Desley Brooks goes to war with City Council colleagues

Oakland’s political feuding hit new depths of dysfunction when a City Council member seized the public-speakers’ microphone for a 40-minute diatribe that ended only when her colleagues pulled the plug on their meeting. Councilwoman Desley Brooks, attending the Rules Committee session as a spectator, refused repeated pleas from the panel’s council members Thursday to surrender the microphone so they could get on with their meeting.
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