Out with the old year, in with the new. Here's hoping that 2010 will be a year of continued renewal and growth for Oakland. Chip Johnson suggests it needs to start with new leadership, and I have to agree. Another major problem has been the economy and the effect it's had on the budget, something that Make Oakland Better Now is addressing. But despite the leadership and the wretched economy, there's been lots of good stuff happening in Oakland, so here's hoping that continues in 2010 and beyond.