Clergy met with Councilmember Libby Schaaf recently to support a plan, authored by her and Councilmember
Larry Reid, to hold additional Oakland Police Academies and to contract with the Alameda County Sheriff’s
Department to help patrol the city’s street. The clergy also expressed concerns about a local hiring commitment
by AC Transit and will continue to meet with Schaaf on that issue. Pictured from left to right: Scott Blake (McGee
Baptist Church), Dr. Marty Peters (Victory Baptist Church) Dr. Gregory Payton (Greater St. John Baptist Church),
Council member Libby Schaaf, Rev. Daniel Buford (Allen Temple Baptist Church), Lynette Gailord (Coalition for
Black Trade Unions), Rev. Ken Chambers (West Side Baptist Church) and Rev. K. David Johnson (Prince of Peace).
Photo by Bruce Stoffmacher.