The Oakland City Council can no longer control its own meetings.
When trouble erupted on Tuesday – at the first council meeting after a six-week recess – there was hardly an attempt to stop it.
“I’m going to have this council chamber cleared in a second,” warned council President Larry Reid, speaking over shouts, jeers and obscenities. “You watch. Watch me. Watch me.”
They did watch. They watched Reid adjourn the meeting and walk out. The protesters stayed.