@brianvan They're also making a ton of overtime from all of these protests, so I don't think it's killing them all that much.
This was so great to read. I'm an Oakland resident too, who shares a lot of the same feelings about Occupy Oakland and hasn't gone down there, thanks for this.
@jfruh I'm a woman, and I live in Oakland now, and I'm not actively frightened by nighttime Oakland in those parts of town (the specific downtown areas) but I am cautious because those areas are pretty dead at night. I've been much more afraid for my safety in places in San Francisco, but those areas of Oakland can be very dark and quiet after say, 7 pm, and dark and quiet can feel very ominous.