Oakland, Richmond rank near top in list of most dangerous cities in country

But U.S. Conference of Mayors calls report 'a premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities'

A crime ranking survey released Monday lists Oakland as the fifth most dangerous city in the U.S.

The annual survey by CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications, ranked Oakland as the fifth most dangerous city and nearby Richmond sixth. Oakland's No. 5 ranking is an improvement over last year, when it ranked third.

Among other Bay Area cities, Vallejo was No. 33, Salinas was No. 57, Antioch was No. 91, Berkeley was No. 111, San Francisco was No. 130, San Jose was No. 237 and Santa Rosa was No. 242.

CQ Press said its crime rate rankings are based on six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors said in a statement Monday that the list is "a premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities."

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said, "These rankings present a gross misuse of FBI data. Everyone with the slightest knowledge of this issue knows the rankings are not credible, but the publication persists with them, presumably because rankings are popular and sell books."

The Conference of Mayors said the rankings "provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region or other jurisdiction."

It also said the list isn't an accurate predictor of a person's crime risk because it doesn't take into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and the neighborhood were a person lives.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

I wonder if the rankings of Oakland and Richmond have anything to do with the demographics of who lives there? I know it's not politically correct to say, but you can't ignore it. It's best to avoid both cities, isnce thye are busy killing each other and you might risk being caught in the crossfire.
But, hey, both cities are very diverse, so that makes liberals feel less guilty.

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

San Leandro, Hayward and Castro Valley are beginning to be as dangerous. The entire East Bay is being taken over by the celebration of thuggery and glorification of ignorance, driving dangerously, unprovoked assault and murder, jail time, marijuana use, gang membership and welfare dependency over education, hard work and being a law-abiding, productive member of society. Question that, and you're immediately labeled a "racist."

Fortunately, that crap hasn't started in Pleasanton - I hope it never does.

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Posted by A Pleasanton Minority
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Thank you Steve for demonstrating racism is alive and well in Pleasanton today. You are smug and ignorant. Your statements have nothing to do with political correctness, but plain old racism. Why don't you volunteer for some organizations that help folks in these areas where the key "demographics" are poverty and hopelessness to expand the narrow perspective you obviously have.

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Posted by lisa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Steve , it is not is just ignorant. It shows your over simplistic view of the world. It shows that you have a need to defend your racist thoughts. I have worked in Oakland for 29 years. Never have I had anything "bad" happen to me. Most of this is gang-related, drug-related.
Hey maybe it's the "demographics that has to do with the murders at Castlewood, or the child rape occurring in Livermore with the dentist's wife, or the Ponzi schemes that have ripped people off of millions of dollars by Pleasanton's residents.... please...crap happens and people are responsible...people....not skin color. jerk.

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Posted by kickthebumout
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

and there's your liberal steve!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Steve, you need to work on veiling your racism better. Looks like everyone here saw straight through it.

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