Just about everyone in Oakland and in Oakland City Government says “public safety is our number one priority.” If we mean it, we are going to have to take big steps and bring big change. Among other things, this means finding cost-effective ways to grow the Oakland Police Department to a sworn staffing level of 900. And it means having a comprehensive public safety program.
But while we are getting there, we also need to support the smaller measures that can make a difference. Three of those are the proposals by Council Members Schaff (D4) and Reid (D7) to borrow Sheriff’s Department officers, hire civilian technicians and lock in a second police academy for Calendar year 2013.
We’ve already posted about these proposals here, and a description is available here. Tomorrow, at the meeting of the Montclair Safety and Improvement Council, Chief Jordan, Council Member Schaaf and MOBN!’s Joe Tuman will be discussing the proposals and other policing and public safety issues. The details:
Montclair Safety and Improvement Council meeting, Thursday, January 10, Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Then, the proposals face two critical public hearings and two votes:
Tuesday, January 15, 12:00 noon, City Council’s Finance & Management Committee Meeting, Oakland City Hall, Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room – 1st Floor; and
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m., Oakland City Council, Oakland City Hall Council Chambers (agenda will probably be posted here this Friday.
MOBN! will be present at both meetings to encourage Council to take these important first steps. We encourage Oaklanders to be there as well. We further encourage Oaklanders to e-mail the Finance & Management Committee members before Tuesday, January 15 and e-mail all City Council members before the January 22 meeting.
To e-mail the Finance & Management Committee in support of the three proposals:
Chair person Schaaf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CM Brooks (email@example.com)
CM Kernighan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CM Kaplan (email@example.com)
To e-mail all council members in support of the proposals:
Address your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org