Another budget head-shaker? It sure looks like the Oakland Park Rangers will die, following their slow fade over the past few years.
The Friends of Oakland Rangers have been keeping up with the budgeting travails of the proud lone rangers. There are three positions and two are currently filled. According to Mayor Ron Dellums’ budget plan, all the positions will vanish and the Oakland Police pick up the slack.
From now through July 1st, the two rangers are supposed to cover West and East Oakland. Oddly enough, they are not supposed to focus on the central part of the city – where the largest parks are located like Dimond, Lakeside and Joaquin Miller. The ranger station at Joaquin Miller is officially closed as well.
The Friends of Oakland Rangers are strongly advocating the City Council to keep the ranger station, fund the three ranger positions, and shift the group to Parks and Recreation. (The rangers used to be part of the Parks department until 1992, when the Police department took ’em over.)
We’re gonna have a serious mess on our hands and will settle for something. Even scaled back, the current rangers have been responsive and aware of what’s happening in the parks. Now the full range of park problems will go unnoticed. Care for an out-of-control bonfire, on a windy day?