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  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police

    06/08/2014 11:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 8, 2014
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police A car damaged in Sunday's accident involving Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a car crash Sunday evening, police said. Oakland police said Quan was a driver in a two-car crash on 26th and Market streets at about 5:30 p.m. Police are investigating the accident, and they do not know who is at fault. But police said they have conflicting reports from witnesses about whether the mayor had the right of way. The mayor’s spokesman did not have a response as to whether or not Quan...
  • Oakland officials drop ball on crime (or 'How ranked choice voting can get you killed.')

    12/04/2012 10:29:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/4/12 | Chip Johnson
    On more than one occasion I've heard politicians dredge up the old adage "You cannot arrest your way out" of a crime problem. In Oakland, it's apparently become city policy. There's been a precipitous decline in arrests in Oakland - a 44 percent drop from 2008 to 2011, according to a Chronicle investigation. And even as arrests have bottomed out, the city's crime rate has climbed in each of the past two years, including an overall 23 percent increase this year. One of the most startling statistics, the Police Department's homicide clearance rate, is particularly troubling. Through October, the department...
  • Divided Occupy Oakland revisits City Hall (Anarchy&Anniversary time already?)

    10/25/2012 9:06:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/24/12 | Justin Berton, Kevin Fagan and Matthai Kuruvila
    For a few moments last fall, West Oakland businessman Chris Hollis was filled with idealism as he attended Occupy Oakland's first gathering outside City Hall to protest an economic system he felt benefited the few to the detriment of the many. But within minutes, amid a mix of families and students, Hollis witnessed some participants stray from the focus on Wall Street and hurl vitriol at police. And within weeks, others would riot through downtown - and then justify their violence. "In an insanely short amount of time, they managed to turn what was basically a great movement for everybody...
  • Oakland blames police, not Occupy mobs

    10/15/2012 10:55:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/15/12 | Chip Johnson
    Everyone who contributed to the violence and mayhem at Occupy Oakland protest marches should be held accountable - in one way or another - for their actions. Unfortunately, that's not how it works here in Oakland. On Friday, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan meted out punishment to 44 police officers for misconduct connected to Occupy demonstrations over the past year. The discipline ranges from recommendations to terminate two officers to 30-day suspensions, written reprimands and counseling. In comparison, 106 protesters have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors during all Occupy actions in Oakland, according to the Alameda County district attorney's...
  • Pols, cops clueless as protesters run wild in downtown Oakland (no one arrested, $12K damage)

    10/09/2012 12:04:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    insidebayarea.com ^ | 10/8/12 | Paul T. Rosynsky - Oakland Tribune
    OAKLAND -- A protest at City Hall that surprised both the Police Department and top city officials caused more than $12,000 in damage to public buildings and thousands more to private businesses, city officials said Monday. A day after about 200 protesters roamed downtown streets with no consequences, smashing windows of businesses and city offices, city officials were still trying to explain why no one was arrested and why police were unprepared. The protest was billed on Facebook as an anti-imperialist rally and march, timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan....
  • Jean Quan: 'I was given incorrect data' on 100 blocks

    06/27/2012 4:28:49 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 3 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/27/12 | Staff
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday she takes full responsibility for incorrectly claiming for eight months that 90 percent of the city's homicides and shootings took place on 100 blocks.Quan is continuing to stand by her crime plan. The city's news release said that although the statistic was incorrect, "the premise of the public safety strategy is sound and has merit."
  • State bills Oakland for Henry J. Kaiser transfer

    05/09/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Oakland's sleight-of-hand play to sell the obsolete Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center back to the city for a quick $29 million may have backfired - leaving the cash-poor town with an even bigger deficit to eliminate.As you might recall, Mayor Jean Quan pushed through a deal to sell the old convention hall to the city's own Redevelopment Agency last summer - just before Sacramento eliminated such agencies and sucked their money into the state's ailing budget.The goal was to help erase the city's $58 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Oakland thought it had beaten the deadline,...
  • March Madness: Public Officials Behaving Badly Edition

    03/22/2012 9:43:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 3/22/12 | Robert Gammon
    It’s hard to remember a time when so many public officials in the Bay Area were caught in embarrassing situations or accused of misdeeds at the same time. Indeed, demands for resignations, whether coming from the press or the public, seem to have reached an unprecedented level. But not every transgression is equal, of course (although many of them are depressing). So in an effort to sort out which public official has behaved the worst, the Express staff decided it was time to do some head-to-head comparisons. And to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to do it...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan camp gears up

    03/18/2012 6:16:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/18/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan isn't waiting to see if the recall drive against her qualifies for the ballot - she already has a well-oiled campaign up and running to keep her job. And with good reason. Joe Tuman, a San Francisco State political science professor and KPIX political analyst who placed fourth in the 2010 mayoral election, tells us that if the recall qualifies, "I would definitely run." Tuman's entry would offer Quan's opponents an alternative to the only other announced candidate so far, City Councilman and former mayoral candidate Ignacio De La Fuente, whom some see as unelectable.So it...
  • Occupy Oakland, then lock and load

    02/19/2012 6:27:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/19/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Occupy Oakland activists have filed a lawsuit against Oakland and are seeking damages. The ACLU-backed suit argues that protesters are engaged in "peaceful expressive activity," while Oakland police have used "excessive force" that has inflicted "mental stress" on activists. The lawsuit also complains that police have not sufficiently warned activists before dispersal orders. Thus Occupiers "did not have an opportunity to gather their belongings and leave the camp without being arrested or harmed." Of course, participants are aware that when they trespass on others' property or block streets to keep people from getting to work that police are supposed to...
  • OAKLAND: Quan State of the City ignores big elephants in the room

    02/12/2012 9:22:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/12/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    State of the City speeches tend to be long on optimism. No mayor stands up before a crowded council chamber and says that his city is going to the dogs -- even if it's the truth. Yet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's speech Wednesday took the glass is half-full approach to new levels. When it was over, I wondered if we lived in the same city. "Oakland is on the rise," she proclaimed. "It's been a pretty good year, except for a few bumps." Excuse me? A few bumps? From August through December, three children -- ages 3, 23 months and...
  • Oakland City Council's disappointing failure

    02/10/2012 9:13:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/10/12 | Chip Johnson
    The Occupy movement isn't the only Oakland organization without leadership. Anyone catch the Oakland City Council in action earlier this week? The council failed to pass a resolution calling on police to enforce all available laws to prevent another shutdown of the Port of Oakland or another violent demonstration. The seaport terminal has been shut down twice by Occupy Oakland protests since November. Council members Ignacio de la Fuente, Libby Schaaf, Jane Brunner and Desley Brooks voted in favor of the resolution, which also would have required Occupy protesters to obtain permits for their marches and rallies. But it did...
  • Jean Quan sees hope amid chaos of Oakland

    02/08/2012 9:29:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Jones
    After a year of nearly non-stop crises, Mayor Jean Quan sought today to portray Oakland as "a resilient city" rebounding from the economic and political wreckage. In her first State of the City address, slated for 7 tonight, Quan plans to highlight the city's booming arts, culinary and cultural scenes, anticrime measures and some signs the city might be emerging from the economic morass. She met with some reporters this morning to talk about the city. "Despite all the bumps, this has actually not been a bad year for Oakland," she said. "The improvements are not fast, but they are...
  • Let Oakland protesters occupy a county jail cell

    01/31/2012 9:02:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Occupy Oakland is aptly named. When forces occupy a city, they know that occupied turf is not their home. They can maraud, loot, vandalize, abuse the locals, and then leave. They can treat other people's property as their own. The occupiers don't have to clean up after themselves. They don't have to worry about paying for the workers who clean up after them, either. Occupiers don't have to exert self-control. They can freely act upon their rage, while defenders of occupied territory must concentrate on protecting what others want to harm. Occupiers do not have to fear that they will...
  • Quan says she'll call national Occupy leaders

    01/30/2012 2:49:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/12 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland's protest movement. Quan said Saturday's demonstration, where 400 protesters were arrested and City Hall was vandalized, showed that the contingent of protesters who have targeted Oakland were not as non-violent as they claim they are. "I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent," Quan said in an interview on KCBS. "The national Occupy...
  • Oakland, Occupy take stock of clash's damage

    01/29/2012 6:55:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/29/12 | Demian Bulwa, Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Oakland officials and Occupy protesters Sunday confronted the fallout from their continuing conflict, a fight that reignited Saturday with a chaotic, often violent day of demonstrations that resulted in at least 400 arrests. A day after Saturday's clashes, city officials took stock of the damage, which included injuries to three police officers and several protesters, as well as vandalism inside City Hall. There, dozens of protesters had broken in with a crowbar, grabbed California and U.S. flags, and ignited them on the front steps. "It's like a tantrum," Mayor Jean Quan said while displaying the damage inside the building, which...
  • Oakland welcomes more pot dispensaries

    01/29/2012 11:21:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/29/12 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Once again, Oakland is barreling into the pot frontier on its own. Federal officials have forced the shutdown of more than 200 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California since fall, and the state Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a case that could throw the industry into chaos - but is that discouraging the city of Oaksterdam? Hardly. Oakland officials are planning to issue permits . . .
  • Oakland police could face federal takeover

    01/25/2012 2:46:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/25/12 | PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
    Mayor Jean Quan vowed Wednesday to quickly reform the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department after a frustrated judge threatened a federal takeover if it fails to quickly make good on changes agreed to nine years ago. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said he "remains in disbelief" that the department has failed to adopt the reforms. Henderson's frustration with the pace of improvements was evident throughout a scathing five-page ruling issued Tuesday. "This department finds itself woefully behind its peers around the state and nation," he wrote. In his ruling, Henderson increased the oversight authority of a court-appointed monitor. Oakland Police Chief...
  • Oakland budget cuts hit zoo, Children's Fairyland

    01/24/2012 2:21:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/24/12 | Carolyn Jones
    Oakland unveiled an austere budget Monday that calls for sweeping cuts to community favorites like Children's Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo but keeps police services intact. In all, more than $28 million will be sliced from the budget, mostly from the $388 million general fund. The cuts are due to the loss of redevelopment funds, which Oakland used to fund services and programs across the city. "It's not clean and neat. We wish it were," said Mayor Jean Quan. "For California's older, larger cities, like Oakland, losing these redevelopment funds has been very, very tough." The City Council will discuss...
  • Occupy Oakland tab up to $3 million and counting

    01/23/2012 8:49:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/23/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    The news spotlight has moved elsewhere, but Oakland continues to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for the Occupy protests. Every week for the past month, more than 100 cops, or roughly one-fifth of the city's patrol force, are called in to work the Saturday night Occupy demonstration held downtown. Estimated cost: about $50,000 a week. City officials now estimate their overall Occupy tab is up to $3 million and counting - this at a time when up to 400 city workers will likely be laid off Feb. 1 for lack of money.
  • Video: Occupy protesters find Jean Quan in D.C.

    01/20/2012 1:53:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/20/12 | Will Kane
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan can’t catch a break. Quan was visiting Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting when she was spotted riding in a cab by Occupy DC protesters and surrounded. Quan sat in the cab and shielded her face while roughly a dozen protesters surrounded the car and chanted, “Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!” “We were busy talking away, and I looked up and there were all these protesters there,” Quan said in a interview with the Oakland Tribune. “I think they freaked out the taxi driver.” Police moved in and pushed the protesters out of the...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan reflects on 'tough' year

    12/31/2011 8:19:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/31/11 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In her first year in office, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan lost two top aides, watched a well-regarded police chief resign, saw a parcel tax she had pushed get crushed at the ballot box and became the subject of two recall campaigns. And much of that was even before the city's Oct. 25 raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, a violent clash between police and protesters on the City Hall lawn that made Quan a national lightning rod for criticism, particularly after she allowed the protesters to re-establish their camp the next day. "It was very tough," Quan said of her...
  • OAKLAND: Jean Quan should follow Brown's practical path

    12/30/2011 7:16:56 AM PST · by SmithL
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/30/11 | Chip Johnson
    When Gov. Jerry Brown re-entered political life via the Oakland mayor's office in 1998, everyone expected the return of the ultra-liberal policies that had defined his political career and earned him the nickname he never liked. But his actions as a mayor, from promoting downtown development to opening a military school to pushing law and order were hardly the trademarks of Gov. Moonbeam. Brown made the transition from political visionary to pragmatic politician in Oakland because idealism didn't help the city address its crime, education and fiscal challenges. Oakland's current mayor, Jean Quan, could borrow a few pages from his...
  • Governor: Oakland can and should keep port open

    12/27/2011 7:09:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/27/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said Oakland city officials can - and should - keep the port open in the event of future demonstrations. The governor, speaking to reporters in a wide-ranging news conference at his office in the Capitol, was asked to comment on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's assertion last week during a meeting with Chronicle editors that the city may be unable to prevent further shutdowns of the port. "There are the resources under mutual aid, there are resources in Oakland - with some leadership and some imagination not only can they keep the port open but they...
  • Mayor Jean Quan adrift on securing Port of Oakland

    12/23/2011 3:27:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 32 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    Here's what we know about the Port of Oakland:It's the fifth-biggest container port in the United States.It supports an estimated 73,000 regional jobs. It indirectly provides millions in tax revenue to the city of Oakland.The mayor of that city has essentially washed her hands of any responsibility for its well-being.The last fact we learn from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who told The Chronicle this week that: (A) It's "absolutely" impossible to prevent shutdowns like those organized by the Occupy movement; and (B) Should the port want the Oakland police to give it a genuine college try anyway - "if the...
  • Oakland's Quan doubts city can stop port closure

    12/22/2011 12:09:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/22/11 | Matthai Kuruvila, Audrey Cooper, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that the city probably would be unable to stop future Occupy demonstrations from shutting down the Port of Oakland and that attempting to do so would require at least 500 police officers, which the city would deploy if the port paid the $1.5 million cost. In a meeting with Chronicle editors, Quan said that even with that many officers, a handful of protesters could sneak around police lines and shut down the port. "I don't know what you know about the port, but with the longshoremen it only takes one person with a bike...
  • Oakland may turn police loose on Occupy blockade

    12/19/2011 5:17:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/19/11 | Kevin Fagan, Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writers
    OAKLAND -- If Oakland police are ordered to stop any future port blockades by Occupy activists, they are probably capable of doing it. It would go over badly with core activists, however, and the two sides already have a history of violent confrontations. But after last week's Occupy protests resulted in a port shutdown that police did little to prevent, several City Council members have concluded that the economic consequences of blockades outweigh the risks of confrontation. The council will consider a resolution tonight directing City Administrator Deanna Santana, who oversees the Police Department, to "use whatever lawful tools we...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to disable Facebook page

    12/16/2011 11:21:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate ^ | 12/16/11 | Will Kane
    An unruly Occupy camp. Violent protests that attracted national condemnation. A 1-year-old child shot to death on the street. Two sports teams looking to leave town. A recall campaign. No wonder Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is going to delete her Facebook page, which her staff says has attracted threats, bigoted rants and all-round angry emotions. “Mayor Quan will be disabling this Facebook fan page. If you would like to contact the mayor’s office, please use (her website),” her staff posted on the page late Thursday. And as you might expect, that post attracted more than 160 comments in just 12...
  • OAKLAND: Jean Quan recall petitions could hit streets soon

    11/30/2011 9:08:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/30/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    The petitions to recall embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have been all but cleared for takeoff and could be on the streets by next week. Once Quan's opponents make a few minor wording changes, they'll have 160 days to collect the 19,800 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot, said City Clerk LaTonda Simmons. Gene Hazzard, the legally designated head of the recall effort, said his forces could be gathering signatures by next week. "I'm very methodical, surgical and lethal," Hazzard said. Being Oakland, however, things are never that cut and dried. There's already a split within the...
  • OAKLAND: Quan's reliance on relatives taints administration

    11/25/2011 8:26:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/25/11 | Chip Johnson
    Nepotism is nothing new in Oakland City Hall - or anywhere else, for that matter. But Mayor Jean Quan has added a new twist to an old game. The traditional system involved pulling strings and using influence to get jobs for friends and relatives. That's happened in Oakland City Hall for eons and is a custom that has been followed by the last three mayors. . . . It explains the emergence of Quan's husband, Floyd Huen, and her daughter, Lailan Huen, as unofficial city "negotiators" in a monthlong standoff with Occupy Oakland protesters. Quan's daughter engaged with demonstrators in...
  • Oakland voters reject $60 million parcel tax { Quan loses big}

    11/16/2011 6:42:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/16/11 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated three ballot measures that would have given more power and $60 million in parcel taxes to City Hall. Sixty-two percent of voters defeated Measure I, a parcel tax that Mayor Jean Quan and some council members said was essential to stabilizing the city budget. Seventy-three percent of voters defeated Measure H, which would have given the City Council, rather than voters, power to choose a city attorney. Fifty-three percent of voters defeated Measure J, which would have allowed the city to change the deadline for fully funding a police and fire retirement plan for...
  • Oakland mail-in vote may presage Quan's future

    11/15/2011 10:35:22 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/15/11 | Chip Johnson
    For Quan, things started sliding downhill in late September, when she was outed for keeping her property in shabby conditions with overgrown shrubbery and a broken deck - while at the same time the city was unfairly slamming property owners for having blighted properties. Then a couple of weeks later, she ran out one of the city's strongest leaders, Anthony Batts, the former police chief. That same week, Occupy Oakland was setting up tents outside City Hall. Now, she's facing a possible recall election, national ridicule over the city's handling of the Occupy encampment, the loss of many of her...
  • Quan's top legal adviser resigns over raid

    11/14/2011 9:29:15 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 8 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/14/11 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Mayor Jean Quan's chief legal adviser resigned early this morning after what he called a "tragically unnecessary" police raid of the Occupy Oakland camp. Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney and one of Oakland's most active and vocal police critics, said the city should have done more to work with campers before sending in police. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/14/BAGA1LURQ7.DTL#ixzz1dhXlWoo0
  • Live Blog: Eviction notices 'effective immediately' at Occupy Oakland (Quan grows set)

    11/11/2011 6:21:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/11/11 | Kristin J. Bender, Thomas Peele and Scott Johnson
    As veterans and their supporters march in downtown, police are distributing eviction notices to campers at Occupy Oakland. The move comes just one day after a man -- whose name has not been released by police -- was shot and killed after an apparent fight near the Occupy Oakland tent city. The mayor and other city leaders are also stepping up calls for the camp to disband. 6 p.m. Mayor releases statement about Occupy Oakland, says 'risk are too great' Mayor Jean Quan has issued a statement following the police distribution of eviction notices to campers at Occupy Oakland. "Last...
  • OAKLAND: Council member wants no-confidence vote on Quan

    11/10/2011 7:22:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/11 | Matthai Kuruvila, Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente said Thursday that he intends to seek a no-confidence vote in Mayor Jean Quan for her handling of the Occupy Oakland camp. The vote would be largely symbolic, but De La Fuente said it was one of the few ways the council could apply pressure on Quan. "She has screwed up this situation so bad, the city is suffering the consequences," said De La Fuente, Quan's most frequent critic on the council. "There is no confidence in this mayor to take action, because she can't." De La Fuente said he had wanted a...
  • Jean Quan resists use of police on Occupy camp

    11/06/2011 10:17:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/6/11 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    Even after the bandanna-wearing, rock-throwing, fire-starting fringe demonstrators took over a downtown Oakland building and blocked off a street late Wednesday, Mayor Jean Quan did not want police to intervene. Instead, Quan asked that police hold off on any confrontation until daylight - or, barring that, send in negotiators to try to work out a peaceful resolution. "She didn't want to incite the anarchists any more than they already were," said one source who was in the city's emergency operations center when Quan stunned the assembled staffers with her comments. Finally, interim Police Chief Howard Jordan, with the backing of...
  • Quan to Occupy Oakland: Shape up or ship out

    11/04/2011 1:04:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/4/11 | Will Kane
    OAKLAND -- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the Occupy Oakland protesters camped outside City Hall need to move to a "less disruptive" location if they can't learn to behave themselves. "They have to take some responsibility, they have to step up," she told KCBS-AM in an interview. .. ... At a lengthy meeting Thursday night, several members of the City Council hinted that they would like the camp to go away. That might be easier said than done, Quan told KCBS. "It is a no-win situation because I would guess a majority of people in the city support the movement...
  • Occupy Oakland: Mayor Quan maintaining hands-off position on protesters

    11/03/2011 6:49:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/3/11 | Cecily Burt - Oakland Tribune
    OAKLAND -- After a massive and mostly peaceful demonstration against large corporations Wednesday eroded into late night clashes with police and 80 arrests, people on both sides of the fence were in damage control mode, with Occupy Oakland organizers and city officials trying to figure out what to do next. And in a press briefing Thursday afternoon, it appears that as far as Mayor Jean Quan is concerned the city will maintain its hands-off status quo. She blamed the destruction on a small group and said the larger Occupy group was not the problem. ... She also said that because...
  • At least 4,000 are at the gates to the Port of Oakland. Occupy Oakland: General Strike

    11/02/2011 6:06:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Silicon Valley Mercury News ^ | November 2, 2011 | Kristin J. Bender, Cecily Burt and Sean Maher
    <p>OAKLAND -- Protesters have effectively shut down maritime operations at the Port, Director Omar Benjamin said at a media briefing Tuesday, as more than 4,000 people are at the gates.</p> <p>The crowd stretched several blocks down Middle Harbor Road leading into the port as they begin their attempt to shut down the port for start of the 7 p.m. night shift.</p>
  • Oakland Police Out Tax-Funded Strike

    11/02/2011 6:13:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    CalWatchdog ^ | NOV. 2, 2011 | CHRISS STREET
    The Oakland Police Officers’ Association just sent an “Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland” exposing what appears to be a corrupt effort by the mayor’s office of the City of Oakland to direct public employees to support the Occupy Oakland “Stop Work” general strike on Wednesday, Nov. 2. But in the State of California, giving public employees free time off is the crime of the “theft of time.“ Furthermore, the mayor and staff who planned or facilitated this action would also be personally liable to financially reimburse the city for “improper use of city time.”
  • Occupy Oakland: Quan booed off stage; Michael Moore to visit

    10/28/2011 12:13:53 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 10 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/28/11 | Thomas Peele
    Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore plans to visit Occupy Oakland's re-established tent city today, according to his blog. At the end of an Thursday blog post entitled "Life Among the 1%," Moore writes "P.S. I will go to Oakland tomorrow afternoon to stand with Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police." Moore is among a growing list of celebrities and organizations critical of the city's actions and Mayor Jean Quan's role in evicting protesters three days ago, when police moved in using tear gas and other devices. Injuries sustained by Iraq veteran Scott Olsen in the melee have sparked criticism from many...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan slashing salary 25%

    02/09/2011 8:15:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is voluntarily giving back 25 percent of her $183,397-a-year salary. Quan will make $137,000 - or about $46,000 a year less than her immediate predecessor, Ron Dellums."We are going into some very, very tough times, and I wanted to lead the way," Quan said. . . . On the home front: San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen has joined the ranks of the foreclosed, having lost her $581,178 condo to the bank. The 33-year-old Cohen was a community organizer and ran a social-media business before her election in November from District 10. She says she was the...
  • Jean Quan off to rocky start as Oakland mayor

    01/14/2011 8:16:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14/11 | Chip Johnson
    The victor is relishing the win and spreading around the spoils. But she could be more magnanimous about it. One of new Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's first orders of duty was to put up a nameplate bearing her name and the seal of the Office of the Mayor to claim a seat on the City Council dais. And one of Council President Larry Reid's first duties - at the behest of unidentified council colleagues, he said - was to have it removed. Reid said it was inappropriate for Quan, who is not a council member, to claim a seat in...
  • Jean Quan wins Oakland mayor's race

    11/11/2010 9:02:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/11/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OAKLAND -- City Councilwoman Jean Quan won the final tally Wednesday in Oakland's ranked-choice mayoral election, capping a dramatic eight days in which she came from behind and surged to victory because she had more second- and third-place votes than rival Don Perata. When first-place votes were initially counted after the Nov. 2 election, Quan had just 24 percent, and Perata had 35 percent. But Quan proved to be a more popular second and third choice among supporters of the other eight candidates, and in the end, she had 51 percent to Perata's 49 percent. Alameda County Registrar of Voters...
  • Oakland ranked ballot: Least-hated tops most-liked

    11/09/2010 12:44:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/9/10 | Chip Johnson
    Throughout the campaign, candidate Don Perata said that he didn't understand the ranked-choice voting system being used for the first time in the Oakland mayor's race. Unfortunately for the former state senator, his two closest rivals in the race understood Alameda County's new voting system well enough to turn a near-certain victory for Perata into a possible defeat. Because if voter trends hold until the final count, it is likely that City Councilwoman Jean Quan will become Oakland's 46th mayor in January. On Tuesday, Quan held a news conference and said she remained cautiously optimistic but acknowledged the race was...