Even though things are getting seemingly better, if you want a reminder that this is Oakland - leave your bike outside unlocked.
Oakland is for fighters, we're all fighters. Even our bad reputations, we had to earn that. People come here and expect things to be just given to them. But come to Oakland willing to do the work to understand where you are.
I'm from Oakland. And my honest opinion is - and I'll be 30 in December - that after 30 years, something has to change. It's only natural - progression happens.