Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Crosses Bay Bridge to Poach from San Francisco

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Says the weather in Oakland is ... magical
Last week, we gave you a rundown of San Jose's inferiority complex -- how badly does it want to be San Francisco? While lawmakers in the South Bay stoop to low levels as they try to poach Twitter from us, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is doing a little preying of her own. 

Quan is reportedly crossing over the Bay Bridge to talk to a few San Francisco gems -- Open Table, Yelp, and Zynga.
When San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee caught wind of this trip to San Francisco, he could only laugh.

But maybe Lee shouldn't underestimate Quan: Last week, the newly elected mayor put together a secret sales pitch to try and lure big-name companies across the Bay Bridge. And her selling points were nothing to laugh at --  warmer weather and cheaper rent.

Much, much cheaper rent.

Quan candidly admits she is trying to steal business from the City by the Bay. She told reporters that gaming companies like Zynga could save $35 million in a five-year span if they relocated to Oakland.

"We have better weather, we're closer to downtown San Francisco than even most of San Francisco," Quan says.

Oh, and Oakland has no payroll tax.

So, Lee says, poach away -- he's confident that Twitter and the likes will continue making San Francisco their home.

And if not?

"It goes both ways," Lee told reporters. "If there's something that interests us in Oakland, we might do the same."

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Brick Yard San Francisco
Brick Yard San Francisco

Here at  San FranciscoVacation Clubs you can do as much as ten great things in a day.  Andhaving a vacation here is worth it. The time and money you spend is not just awaist but an investment. Aside from these you had given your self a treat and amoment with your love once. A once in a life time chance of joy and adventure.Also  it is a very natural way to meditate while walking on the beautifulbeach and sets your mind free and all are in good way.

 Oaklandish
Oaklandish

@mr.eric.sir. please oakland is horrible. terribly crime-ridden. stay put in your mother's inner sunset in-law.

randyfleming
randyfleming

In all fairness , this woman is trying to turn all that you so correctly cited , around..The 'Sleeping Lion of Judea' , Ron 'Haille Salasi' Dellums is , thankfully , gone now and Mayor Quan has much , much work to do. Even Jerry Brown was better for that town.

njudah
njudah

The rent is "Cheaper" there because Oakland has a crime problem and a new mayor that doesn't support fighting crime.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

She needs a slogan.

"Move to Oakland, get shot on the way to work.""Move to Oakland, don't step on the needles.""Move to Oakland, the mugging is on us."

pen is mightier...
pen is mightier...

completely lame post, seeing as all three things could happen in SF.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Completely lame response, as you're pretending that those three things are just as likely to happen in SF as Oakland.

Thirdeye
Thirdeye

If you compare downtown areas, they are just as likely. Encountering aggressive panhandlers, used needles, and shit on the sidewalk is more likely.

randyfleming
randyfleming

In all fairness , this woman is trying to turn all that you so correctly cited , around..The 'Sleeping Lion of Judea' , Ron 'Haille Salasi' Dellums is , thankfully , gone now and Mayor Quan has much , much work to do. Even Jerry Brown was better for that town.

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