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Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not disclose the location of her "100 block" plan, a proposal to focus police operations and social services in the area where 92% of the city's violent crime occurs. City Council members have expressed frustration with the Mayor's office, demanding more transparency and voicing concerns that they have not vetted the plan. Quan, in conjunction with the city administrator's office, is expected to give the first official briefing on the 100 blocks to the City Council at the end of April...

Sacramento officials announced today that the city has been granted $250,000 from the state for a program called "Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention." The goal of the Cal GRIP grant is to dissuade youth from joining gangs by instituting measures such as the literacy program at the Boys & Girls Club in Lemon Hill and a program called Summer at City Hall...

A man was hospitalized after being stabbed near the Occupy SF camp in San Francisco's Financial District, according to police and activists with the movement. The 27-year-old victim was stabbed in the neck after a conflict with a man who protestors claim is unaffiliated with the Occupy camp. This is the second stabbing in two days in this location; the previous attack on Sunday left a 28-year-old man in critical condition...

This weekend First Lady Michelle Obama will pay a visit to the Bay Area as part of the President's re-election campaign. She'll begin on Friday at the California Academy of Sciences, where she'll launch a "Families for Obama" initiative. On Saturday, she will participate in the commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, at which the vessel will begin its career in active duty for homeland security and national defense. In her last, perhaps most important visit, the First Lady will be in Los Angeles for the Kids' Choice Awards, where she will award Taylor Swift "The Big Help Award" for her efforts with tornado and flood survivors.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland.