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Letters for the Week of February 29, 2012

Readers sound off on redevelopment, Occupy Oakland, and foie gras.


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"Gay Cop Accused of Discrimination," News, 1/11

(Lower) Crime and (Unjust) Punishment

As nearly every resident of Richmond knows, crime has been on a downward trend ever since Chief Magnus came to Richmond. I now know the officers who patrol the streets in my neighborhood because they stop their car, get out, and talk to us. They come to neighborhood meetings and give us tips on what we can do to be safer. We not only have the main phone number for the department, but also the numbers of every officer who is on our "beat." From what I've seen, officer morale seems higher — I see fewer scowls and more smiles. I've gotten to know our chief a little bit, and from what I've seen, there is no drop of racism in this man. I am sorry the city has to pay so much money to fight such trumped-up charges.

Ellen Seskin, Richmond


In our February 22 Insider's Guide report on Oakland's Temescal district, "A Transformation Continues," we erroneously stated that Sacred Wheel cheese shop sells wine. It does not.

In the same issue's report on Hayward and San Leandro, "Cities of Hidden Treasures," we failed to mention that Drake's Barrel House also features its regular beers and specialties in addition to its barrel-aged stouts. Also, we got its hours wrong: They are Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Elsewhere in Insider's Guide, we misspelled Rachel Konte's surname in our report on downtown Oakland, "Local Love," and James Syhabout's in our dining piece, "Dare to Define It." In our shopping guide, "The Politics of Shopping," we listed the wrong URL for the boutique Show & Tell. It's

In our February 22 news story, "Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident," we misidentified the type of shotgun used by Oakland police on October 25, according to Al Jazeera. It was a Remington Model 870.

In our February 22 Culture Spy, "The Perfect Job," we got wrong the year that Benjamin Smythe met the homeless man that inspired him to carry his sign. It was 2000, not 2005. He began holding his sign in 2005, not 2009. Also, he started his website and uploaded videos to YouTube a year and a half before he quit his job.

In our February 22 theater review, "Molière in Modern Medicine," we erroneously stated that the Shotgun Players staged a production of The Miser in 2004. In fact, that was Berkeley Rep, and it was for the company's 2005-2006 season. 

And finally, our February 22 movie review, "Antique Modernism, Anyone?" incorrectly stated that The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower was filmed in real time. It was not.

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