July 10, 2010

Guilty… ish

The verdict 'round here: not guilty enough, not by far (involuntary manslaughter vs. the original second degree murder charge). But to the surprise of so many news broadcasts and local pundits, Oakland easily survived with a minor trashing this time: 70+ arrests, a bunch of smashed windows, a few shops looted, endless rows of boarded up shopfronts, smatterings of Situationist-wannabe graffiti sprayed across lovingly-restored old walls. Nothing too unusual for this diverse and very alive little city always in the shadow of The City, which it bypassed some years ago as the center of art and music for the Bay Area, but which struggles to be heard above the self-absorbed clamour from across that same Bay.

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