I grew up in a middle-class, suburban county in New Jersey, but now I'm a twenty-something intern living in a low-income part of Washington, D.C. The realtor euphemism for such neighborhoods is “transitional,” a word that implies ongoing change. This is ironic because I feel that so many of the residents here feel as though things will never change, and will always stay the same. Since moving here, I've already become accustomed to the wail of sirens, the disconcerting, yet reassuring pulse of blue and red light through the heavy bars on my windows.
In 2013, the Oakland City Council changed more than it had in a decade. Out went three established political leaders, who’d each served more than 15 years. And in came three new councilmembers -- two of them, political novices. Dan Kalb was a policy analyst for the Sierra Club. He won his North Oakland seat with the promise of green jobs. Lynette McElhaney was an affordable housing executive. She campaigned on schools, public safety and economic development, and defeated a much better-financed favorite to represent downtown and West Oakland.
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Will Durst here with a few choice words about California, which is so incredibly superior to every other state in the union, that it's not even close to funny, right? We don't mean to sound conceited, it's just hard when you're so much better than everyone.