On April 3, many ponder what’s next in the aftermath of the Oakland police shootings; shock at Pope’s claim that condoms make AIDS “worse”; will CA and NY come to their senses now that “red” states like Iowa allow same-sex marriage?

Chip Johnson thinks Oakland City Council’s decision to hire four armed guards is “worthy gesture” but not cost-effective and will not lower crime rates, suggests supplementing police patrols instead. Chron

Community meetings including both cops and citizens would help alleviate racial tension between police and minority communities in Oakland, as well as the city’s high-crime rate.

Former San Quentin Warden hopes response to the Oakland police shootings will bring “true reform” to CA’s criminal justice system. Chron

Spring flowers shouldn’t make us forget the California drought is entering its third year. Chron

Mark Morford is outraged that the Pope told Africans that condoms make AIDS worse, wishes American media would speak up on the matter. Chron

Marke B. can’t believe Iowa and Vermont passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage before “us bicostal fudgepackers.” SFBG

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