Chris Vernon 
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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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