Matier & Ross: Brown buddy Phil Tagami on list of would-be Oakland cop watchdogs

Phil Tagami at the site of a development at the Oakland Army Base in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Photo: Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle

Photo: Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle.  Phil Tagami at the site of a development at the Oakland Army Base in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

July 24, 2017 (sfchronicle.com)

In all, 153 candidates have applied to join Oakland’s new seven-member Police Commission overseeing officer misconduct investigations — including some very familiar names on both sides of the issue.

Those looking to serve on what is likely to be a high-profile panel include:

•Downtown developer and Jerry Brown buddy “Shotgun” Phil Tagami, who tells us that “after a three-year break from public service, I want to help where I can.”

During the 2011 Occupy riots [emphasis added], the onetime Port Commission member made national news for guarding his Rotunda building with a shotgun. More recently he’s been in the headlines for suing Mayor Libby Schaaf and the city over Oakland’s ban on coal going through the $250 million shipping complex he is building near the port.

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