As Oakland Police Chief Tony Batts continues his inaugural Tour de Oakland, he plans to make a pit-stop in the hills. He’s scheduled a Montera Middle School (555 Ascot Drive, map) appearance this Thursday, with refreshments at 6:30pm and the meeting at 7:00pm.
At this introductory event, you’ll have an opportunity to hear him live – and should have time to bring up your safety concerns too. Although you might ask about the “same old stuff,” remember that Montclair and Oakland Hills matters are new for Batts. Questions about burglaries and thefts bear repeating!
Having worked for Chief Batts, I can say that if anyone is interested in being an agent of change in the City of Oakland, then you have finally found a true ally. He will make you take a stand, get involved or get out of the way and he shares power willingly.
The downside is, most people are afraid to admit they are afraid to change, being comfortable with the status quo and in all likelihood will find a less sympathetic ear for doing nothing.
The first 6-12 months with the Chief are NO JOKE. He will look for those who want to lead from the front, take appropriate risks and do the face to face thing with everyday people as well as the so called ‘leaders.’
[He’s] a guy who acknowledged that you can’t arrest your way out of every situation. I can say that Chief Batts will not fail Oakland and, with any effort at all, Oakland won’t fail him.
Tony Batts is not a messiah, but at least we can expect changes…and that’s a good thing. We have heard all kinds of positive rhetoric, but are looking forward to additional responsiveness and support by Oakland Police.