Questions About Frank Ogawa Plaza

Occupy Oakland: Are we safe going to Oakland's Fox Theater on Sunday evening? It's at 19th & Telegraph.

Occupy Oakland: Are we safe going to Oakland's Fox Theater on Sunday evening? It's at 19th & Telegraph. I realize this is a dynamic situation, but I'm asking for your best guesses as to whether we have a meaningful chance of getting swept up in the protests. For context, here is the map that appeared in the Mercury News, with the Fox Theater added as location #7. We were planning to take BART's Richmond to Fremont line (Orange Line) from Bay Fair, which will pass through the 12th St. station near Frank Ogawa Plaza, and get off at 19th St. BART. We would probably walk somewhere north on Broadway for dinner. Is this a good idea? I rode an AC transit bus right past the Occupy Oakland encampment a few weeks ago, but obviously things are different now. My impression, though, is that the protests are overwhelmingly peaceful, and that if we avoid the immediate area, we'll be fine. What say you?
http://ask.metafilter.com/200094/Occupy-Oakland-Are-we-safe-going-to-Oaklands-Fox-Theater-on-Sunday-evening-Its-at-19th-and-Telegraph

How do I get an Oakland Police Department press pass?

I'm a resident of Oakland, really close to Frank Ogawa Plaza where a love of things have been going down with Occupy Oakland. Usually I am out taking photos and such, and I was wondering what the feasibility of me getting a press pass was. I found this document which is not very encouraging: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca/groups/police/documents/webcontent/dowd004991.pdf However, because there is interest in what is going on, I could somehow trade some coverage for the press pass. Maybe this is incredibly naive. I know they probably wouldn't respect it anyway but I'd really like to be as legit as possible so I have can show credentials (which I have already been asked to do a bunch of times) when I stand my ground.
http://ask.metafilter.com/201801/How-do-I-get-an-Oakland-Police-Department-press-pass