Thursday, June 7th, 2007 at 6:20 pm in Uncategorized.
Don’t be surprised if you see the trademark red berets that signal Guardian Angels volunteers are on patrol. They’ll be out starting 11 a.m. Friday along Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.
That’s right: Oakland is getting its own chapter of the Guardian Angels, the volunteer group famous for its red berets that was originally created in 1979 to combat widespread violence and crime on New York City subways. Meanwhile, city councilmembers gave a conditional OK to putting safety escorts in and around Oakland BART stations.
It won’t the first time the organization sets up patrols in Oakland to combat crime. This time Grand Lake neighborhood residents invited them, saying that there has been a dramatic rise in robberies in stores, homes and on the streets. Residents in the Rockridge district also have invited them.
Erick Wong, the Guardian Angels California regional director who lives in San Diego, said the group would consider patroling some of Oakland’s tougher areas, such as West and East Oakland, if they were invited. They haven’t been — yet?
The Guardian Angels are seeking Oakland volunteers and will be on hand tonight at the Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, 530 Lake Park Ave.
For more information call (415) 987-2960.