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Mayor puts lock-picking class in newsletter

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

OAKLAND, Calif. – The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday she understood the reaction of people who were upset about a listing for the lock-picking class.

She said she will do a better job reviewing listings in the future.

The Oakland Tribune reported that the class – offered through the website, workshopweekend.net – was geared toward people who misplace their keys.

But it didn’t go over well with some residents given the city’s crime woes, including a more-than 40 percent jump in burglaries last year.

– Wire report

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