Searching for ways to stem the city’s high crime rate, an Oakland city official plans to introduce a proposal to put into place a nighttime curfew for school-age children and teens.
Councilman Noel Gallo said he will introduce legislation to put the curfew in place for youths who are 18 or younger at a meeting later this week.
"I am not doing a curfew to lock everybody up, but if I am going to be able to help children and young people. I need to get them off the street," Gallo told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The proposal from Gallo, who represents the city’s Fruitvale District, has drawn criticism from some community leaders.
"Most of these kids don't have true adult supervision,” Rev. Billy Dixon told the newspaper. “Most of these kids are running away from dangerous situations. We need to get young people off the streets, but the way you're going about it will alienate them.”
According to the paper, if Gallo’s proposal is approved, the curfew would prohibit anyone under 18 from being in a street, park, public outdoor space or car between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are accompanied by an adult.
There would be several exceptions including teens traveling to or from work or attending official school functions.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.
City officials joined the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department and members of the community Thursday, December 5th, for the lighting of San Francisco’s official holiday tree, located outside historic McLaren Lodge.