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State of the State

As if things weren’t bad enough in California, along comes an eye-opening and informative story on how the state’s “tough on crime” policies are rending the black communities in Oakland. Considering the delayed effects we’re just now witnessing, it’s likely we’ll see ramifications for years to come. Great.

Also of note is the haunting photograph by Bay Area photographer Todd Hido. Good on the L.A. Times for hiring such a talented craftsman. His work is always worth a look.

(This article was also posted to the Beast Blog, a weblog about the San Francisco East Bay. And thanks to dad for the original pointer.)