I swear, when I saw the headline for this story, “Guardian Angels to patrol Oakland streets” pop up in my RSS reader last night, I assumed there had been some kind of error. After all, that happened like a year ago, right?
But as it turns out, the problem was not with my RSS reader, it was with my memory. I was confusing today’s news with “Guardian Angels coming to Oakland” from June 2007. You can see how one might make the mistake, especially once you start reading the article. I mean, the only thing that ever seems to change in these stories is who requested the Angels’ presence this time around. Back in 2003 it was Shannon Reeves:
The legendary Guardian Angels — the red beret-wearing street patrols who work with neighbors to reduce crime and violence in urban neighborhoods — are coming to Oakland. Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday he’s making plans to meet with Mayor Jerry Brown, Police Chief Richard Word, NAACP President Shannon Reeves and community leaders, including those who are already patrolling Oakland streets.
Then last year it was a local NCPC:
With crime continuing to plague Oakland neighborhoods, the Guardian Angels have agreed to start patrolling the streets tomorrow in what once was regarded as a generally peaceful and safe district near Lake Merritt.
They come at the request of the Grand Lake neighborhood crime prevention council, which is meeting tonight to discuss a rash of robberies and burglaries in the area, a stretched-thin police force and how the Angels’ might step in to help.
This time, it’s the Mayor:
About 20 members of the Guardian Angels, the volunteer safety patrol group, will begin roving patrols beginning Friday night, city officials said Tuesday.
The help, which comes at the request of Mayor Ron Dellums and police, couldn’t have come sooner, business owners say.
I don’t really have a point today, just wanted to share my epiphany that since nothing in Oakland ever changes, I can stop worrying about maintaining this blog far into the future. Since all we do if have the same fights and the same news over and over and over again, eventually I’ll be able to just start republishing my old blogs and all I’ll have to do is change the names!
Anyway, what do you all think of the Guardian Angels? Do they make you feel safer? Do you ever wonder, when you read all these stories about them, why they can’t seem to actually get an Oakland chapter going, despite the apparent constant need for their presence? Do you agree with Pamela Drake, who, we learn in the newspaper both today and exactly one year ago yesterday, thinks they’re creepy?