Chris Vernon 
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Re: “Study Finds Significant Reduction in Gun Homicides in Oakland Via Ceasefire Strategy

Clearly, Ceasefire has been and continues to be a good thing for all of Oakland. None of the criticisms mentioned in the article seem to contradict that. Can improvements in how it is implemented always be made? Of course. Are there systemic social ills that also need to addressed simultaneously in broader ways? Of course. But less shootings, less violence and death are clearly positive in the immediate. What this represents is direct and effective outreach to the most likely to be affected by violence, as shooters and those shot - offering them a choice to move out of that life or face the legal consequences (assuming they survive that long). As the article notes, it's a such a small fraction of the overall population (less than 1%).

As noted in his book outlining the Ceasefire strategy, David Kennedy (brilliant criminologist from John Jay College in NYC) makes clear that it has to become an overarching way that a community reacts to the violence in its midst to remain effective.

If anything, even more resources are required to have the effects made even greater. This is what we as caring citizens of Oakland should have the moral courage to take on and provide as part of addressing the woes of our fellow community members that are suffering the most. Obviously, this has far ranging impact on improving the lives of all of us.

Posted by Chris Vernon on 08/22/2018 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Tribune v. Chronicle

Oakland is a mixture of the best and worst of urban life. What amazes me is that so many people from the Bay Area don't know that. Their perception is that Oakland is only dangerous and they have no interest in coming here - until they do. Once that happens they realize that Oakland has a great deal to offer.

My cousin who lived in Palo Alto for years came to Oakland for the first time 15 years ago. We ate dinner at Zza's, walked around Lake Merritt. He couldn't get over the difference in what that snapshot experience of Oakland was like compared to how it is portrayed in the media. Fast forward 10 years and my cousin moved to Oakland. Does this represent a trend - exodus from Palo Alto? It's so absurd.

The fact that we are saddled with an ineffectual mayor does not define the city. Yes, we have problems with crime. But the Chronicle should be taken to task for it's constantly one-sided view of life in Oakland.

Posted by Chris Vernon on 12/13/2008 at 3:41 PM

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