Dear President Obama,

The people of Oakland would like to welcome you back to our town.

You may have heard about a few things happening in Oakland since your last visit: hundreds of families pushed out of their homes by foreclosure; the still-too-high incarceration rate for young people and the even higher drop-out rate; our high-profile local Occupy movement that captured the hearts and minds of thousands.

But what you might not know is that one of the most innovative development deals of the decade is happening here in Oakland…

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