A 10-year-old boy is struck by a stray bullet as he's taking a piano lesson. The kid may be paralyzed. This happened five minutes from where I used to live off Piedmont Avenue -- one of the safest-feeling, cleanest, nicest areas in Oakland.
The majority of Oakland is a cesspool. And the thugs who make it a cesspool are bleeding into other, nicer, areas -- Rockridge, Lakeshore, Piedmont. Crime is way up in the Bay Area. It's insane that any parent should be afraid to send their kid to piano lessons at 4:30 in the afternoon, at Pleasant Valley and Piedmont.
Fuck these thugs. I don't know what else to say or do, but I'm sick of seeing them standing around with their long white t-shirts and their gold teeth and their ignorant attitudes. There's a reason downtown Berkeley sickens me. Now Piedmont. Where next?