There seems to be some good news from City Hall, since newly-appointed public safety coordinator, Dorlista Reed, will work with her predecessor, Claudia Albano.
With both Reed and Albano on board, this team represents a boost to public safety. Now let’s see how they work together, to support community-based policing and neighborhood watch groups.
Albano issued this message about her role:
I have accepted the position of Deputy Public Safety Coordinator, and will be working under the new Public Safety Coordinator Dori Reed. I will be talking with her…about my specific duties and how they may relate to the Neighborhood Services Division.
Last week, City Administrator Dan Lindheim surprised “everyone” when he announced changes to the public safety team. Coordinator Albano, who was admired by many Oaklanders, received a pink slip.
There was an immediate hue and cry from Oaklanders who relied on neighborhood services. Montclarions and other neighbors protested loudly to City Council members, the City Administrator, and Mayor.
Well, the combination of protests and good politics kept Albano on Oakland’s payroll. We think Oaklanders may end up with even more support for local neighborhood and safety initiatives – and that has to be a good thing.