Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Next Speaker: Seymour Butts

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The controversial Oakland Domain Awareness Center moved closer to reality early Wednesday morning as the Oakland City Council gave approval for the city administrator to move forward with selecting a vendor for the port and citywide surveillance hub set to come fully online next year.

Dozens of speakers waited until the early morning to again state their opposition to the center, but also to berate and chant over members of the City Council, which voted, 6-1, to approve the resolution. Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney voted no.

However, the perceived mischief inside the council chambers also had a light-hearted moment when City Clerk Latonda Simmons read aloud the next batch of speaker cards, which included one with the name “Seymour Butts.”

Watch Simmons below, a popular cult figure among the legion on Twitter who follow the action using the hashtag “oakmtg,” as she calls out the fake name. A few minutes later, Mr. Butts surprisingly appears.

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