Oakland Gets Some Help to Clear Its Bad Name

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    The always vocal Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland always has something to say. Photo: Arlett on Flickr

    When most people think of Oakland, unfortunately a lot of negative thoughts come to mind.

    The East Bay city is trying to do something to change your mind.

    The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI are among several agencies taking part in a two-day summit to address gang violence in Oakland.
         
    The summit, which will include Oakland police and city officials, begins Tuesday and continues on Wednesday.

    Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts says he wants to focus on the city's most dangerous gangs. Batts had previously pledged to ask for federal help to reduce violent crime in the city.

    Oakland police officials say they have been inspired by the success of Salinas police's collaboration with state and federal authorities.

    Salinas has had just four gang-related murders this year compared to 53 in 2008 and 2009.

    The summit is strangely enough being held at place that often plays host to happy children: the Oakland Zoo. It is not open to the public.