Oakland Unseen has seen an uptick in crime by hipsters in Oakland. Some of their under-reported crimes include writing obscure graffiti referencing Roland Barthes, snortin’ coke off iPads, stealing sweaters from Goodwill, and sabotaging vegan pot-luck dinners.
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We’re handing out our remaining 500 copies of Oakland Unseen tonight from 5:30-9:30pm at the 25th Street Collective in Oakland as part of Oakland’s First Friday Art Murmur.
After tonight, copies of the Fall 2013 first issue of Oakland Unseen will still be available at the 20 stores that still have it in stock.
Oakland Police on an average nightly patrol. (Photo by Joe Sciarrillo).
Oakland is asking you to pick its new police chief in public meetings that’re guaranteed to run smoothly and without controversy. We here at Oakland Unseen are conducting a scientific poll on who should be Oakland’s next police chief.
Please reply via Twitter or Tumblr with your response.
The current front runners are:
Alex “Fajitagate" Fagan, Jr
The Oakland Riders attorney
An Oakland Unseen poll found that East Bay residents commuted to SF in the following ways during the BART strike: riding the ferry, skitching across the bridge, commandeering an airboat with Burt Reynolds, and “tele-commuting.”
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Media watchdog group FAIR criticized the San Francisco Chronicle in its latest report for the Chronicle’s overwhelmingly positive coverage of Oakland over the past five years. “They’ve regularly run features on Oakland’s artistic renaissance, including multiple page spreads in Datebook 96 Hours and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, instead of focusing on violence in the city,” a spokesperson for FAIR said.
The report released this week by FAIR documents how the Chronicle has neglected reporting on violence in Oakland and has instead focused a disproportionate amount of its coverage on Oakland’s resurgence in art, music, urban farming, local fashion, and local food by highlighting Oakland’s First Friday Art Murmur, Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum, and Oakland’s longstanding food truck culture.
“The San Francisco Chronicle has become a one-trick pony. Nowhere can I find coverage of the sideshows, Oakland gangs, police corruption, or homicides in the city, but all I find is an endless number of articles on Oakland’s art collectives, local food movement, slow fashion, urban farming, and high per-capita output of music, dance, and theater in the city,” said UC Berkeley School of Journalism Professor Shaka Freeman. He continued saying, “I can’t see the word ‘Oakland’ in the Chronicle anymore without immediately thinking of positive associations like the beautiful Lake Merritt, incredible public parks, and the redwoods in the East Bay Regional Park District.”
The FAIR report investigated the Chronicle’s reporting on Occupy Oakland, the Oscar Grant protests, and May Day immigrant rights marches. It concludes that the Chronicle reporters didn’t just tally broken windows, but covered the events with a multifaceted lens, interviewing a wide range of Oakland residents present about what they were protesting. The report points out that in its multiethnic coverage, the Chronicle “neglected the fact that Oakland is overrun by anarchists” and instead published sophisticated analysis, putting these modern movements in historic context, referencing books like No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland, and American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland.
FAIR criticized the Chronicle for instead of running sensationalist cover stories about violence in Oakland, it prioritized other coverage. It points out the Chronicle’s feature-length piece on Old Oakland highlighting the decades of contributions to the arts that established African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos have made to Oakland culture. “In fact, the Chronicle hasn’t reported on an Oakland homicide all year, and instead it’s run regular pieces on Jazz-era Oakland, the restoration of Lake Merritt, and the Oakland LGBT community’s role in promoting equality across the nation,” the report said.
The media watchdog report concludes with the following:
“We at FAIR show that the Chronicle has gone out of its way to publish a disproportionate number of positive stories about the bright things happening in the Oakland, from music, art, turf dancing, scraper bikes, and rising student test scores at its charter schools. The Chronicle has covered Oakland’s several music festivals, the Eat Real Festival, Pedalfest, and devoted many column inches praising the city for its bike friendly culture, and openness to all people regardless of economic standing, socio-cultural background, or sexual orientation. We ask that the Chronicle run more negative stories about Oakland, because if they don’t, perhaps no other media outlet will.”
With median house prices surging 76% in Oakland from 2012 to 2013, and San Francisco residents flooding into Oakland from Ellis Act evictions at their greatest rate since the 1906 earthquake, Oakland’s changing demographics are a perfect hotbed to write a PhD thesis about at UC Berkeley. Because of this, the City of Oakland is courting urban planners, sociologists, economists, documentarians, and oral historians with its new “Gentrification Tours.” The organizers promise that by the time you finish the 90-minute walking tour, at least 2 families will have been displaced in the area you just walked through.
Visit Oakland recently completed a roadshow, where a group of Oakland residents traveled up and down the West Coast to promote the city of Oakland, to raise awareness about fun things to do in the city, and to bring more tourists to town. Oakland’s Tourism Board teamed up with local clothing company Oaklandish to create an “Oakland is Burning” t-shirt line that shows outsiders with what life is like in Oakland. The following “Oakland is Burning” t-shirts were sold in the Visit Oakland gift shop: