The Montclair Village Association (MVA) provides much-needed glue connecting Montclair’s denizens, merchants and the City of Oakland. The group listens to all concerns, and its leader wears multiple hats including retail business developer, graffiti ranger, party host, urban planner and overall visionary. Now we are changing the leadership.
MVA’s most recent administrator-director, Roger Vickery, did a great job herding all the constituencies. We especially appreciated the practical and patient approach he used to improve life in the village. Despite the elected dog mayors, he truly served as the de-facto Mayor about town. We’re sure that Vickery will be missed after his retirement.
Tomorrow, the torch gets passed to long-time Oaklander Daniel Swafford. We spent time with him when he announced and ran for District 4 council rep last year. With his enthusiastic leadership of Dimond’s safety group (like Montclair SIC) and the Oaktoberfest, we should be in different but very good hands. Now that steins have been cleaned and put away, Swafford is ready to focus on all-things Montclair.
Please celebrate the changing of the guard, tomorrow. After the regular MVA meeting wraps, around 7:15pm Wednesday, you’re invited to Italian Colors (map) for the celebration. For those who have worked with Roger, come and raise a glass to him. While there, you will also have an opportunity to meet Daniel as well as many caring Montclarions. Stop by!