The popular street festival First Friday draws thousands of people to Oakland's Uptown area monthly. Billed by many as the cornerstone to Oakland's culinary and cultural revival, the event has been safe and relatively free of serious violence up until now.

On Feb. 1, one person was killed and three others were wounded in a dispute. What does the city plan to do to to keep the event safe, and what do those charged with helping to develop Oakland as a brand and destination feel about the event's importance to the city?

Join us Feb. 7, noon-1 p.m., for a live chat with City of Oakland Director of Marketing Samee Roberts, Oakland developer Phil Tagami, Visit Oakland CEO Alison Best and Oakland Tribune City Hall reporter Matthew Artz. Moderating the conversation will be Martin G. Reynolds, Bay Area News Group senior editor for community engagement.




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