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"People are getting a skewed perception of Oakland — it scares visitors away and [keeps] residents and businesses from coming here," said longtime Oakland resident Elmano Gonsalves. "I think it's unfair, and it's holding us back."
Gonsalves grew up in Oakland, and over the last several months has embarked on a campaign to set the record straight about his city. He has sent dozens of emails to local journalists and TV news directors, complaining about news coverage that ignores crime problems in San Francisco and San Jose, while perpetuating negative stereotypes of Oakland....
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