Tribune v. Chronicle

Oakland Tribune writer Angela Woodall gets in a big snit over the the San Francisco Chronicle‘s recent doublewhammy on crime and population decline in Oakland. We’ve seen this before: someone, usually from San Francisco, Marin County, or New York, points out what a mess Oakland is, and the local press gets so indignant it loses sight of the truth. In the latest iteration, Woodall’s annoyed that Boalt Law School flak Susan Gluss wrote about how the grinding crime left her so depressed that she departed for the tonier suburbs, and that Chip Johnson claimed Gluss was part of a larger exodus. The facts, Woodall claims, say something else entirely. “Oakland’s 1980 population was 339,337. On Jan. 1, it was 420,183, according to the California Department of Finance. (The U.S. Census only has 2006 numbers right now for Oakland.),” she wrote.

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