The following year, four members of the city’s Black Panther Party were arrested after police alleged that they fatally shot an officer while he was driving through the neighborhood.After an eight-month trial, the Oak Park Four, as they were later known, were acquitted of all charges. A new Starbucks located on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street, just a few blocks from the former headquarters of the Black Panther Party.In the 2000s, changes began to become more visible.It’s the gentrification that the anonymous tagger addressed: fixing blight with new, hip attractions to bring in new, hip residents.As economic conditions continued to improve in the early 1900s, so did the area.The California State Fairgrounds was moved to Stockton Boulevard, an area on the east side of Oak Park, and another streetcar line was added, connecting Oak Park to downtown Sacramento. Although it was primarily White families, Oak Park was home to a few Black and Mexican-American families.
The city's continued efforts to revitalize the neighborhood included an expansion to the Oak Park Community Center, installing new street lights and renovating Mc Clatchy Park and the addition of new mixed-use lofts.Oak Park's continual decline brought an increase of crime, and with it, a heavier police presence.Sacramento’s police department began to enforce a law-and-order-style approach that often led to racial discrimination.For some, the business signaled caffeine for coffee lovers, but for others, it was a sign of what was to come.The Starbucks was part of former Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson's development project, which renovated the historic Guild Theater and Woodruff Hotel.
Tensions between the community and police hit a high point of furor in 1969 when officers raided the headquarters of the Sacramento Chapter of the Black Panther Party, sparking what became known as the Oak Park Riots.