Oakland Dogpiles on Mayor Jean Quan

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Mayor Jean Quan has had better days
Now that she has somewhat placated Occupy Oakland protesters, Mayor Jean Quan is pissing off police and the business community. Like a mother with rivaling children, Quan is stuck trying to balance the demands of both police and protesters as the city braces for a general strike today.

And let's face it, Quan can't seem to win.

Quan received a letter yesterday from the Oakland police union, which put her in an even more uncomfortable position. Quan had requested for "minimal police presence" during today's general strike, which left local cops in a quandary as to what to do should the protest today turn violent.

"As your police officers, we are confused," the union stated.


Quan's request to scale back on police came after last week's police raid on the Occupy Oakland camp outside City Hall, which resulted in 79 arrests and a violent scene in downtown Oakland where cops lobbed flashbang grenades and tear gassed the area. Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a critical head injury from a police projectile, which put Quan, who signed off on this raid, in a spotlight of criticism.

Today, protesters are planning a general strike, calling on teachers to ditch school and residents to help shutdown banks and other businesses that are part of the 1 percent. The strike will end with a 5 p.m. march to the Port of Oakland -- which they also plan to close down.

To make matters worse for Quan, the city's business community and Chamber of Commerce are asking the mayor to dismantle the Occupy Oakland camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza; they claim it's hurting small businesses in an already struggling economy.

Here's what Quan had to say about the flurry of strikes planned for today:

I am working with the police chief to make sure that the pro-99 Percent activists -- whose cause I support -- will have the freedom to get their message across without the conflict that marred last week's events. Although getting the balance right is never an easy task, in Oakland we are committed to honoring free speech and protecting public safety.
We'll keep you posted on today's events.

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Haggie
Haggie

Oakland taxpayers and business owners or a group of protesters that aren't even from Oakland. The fact that Quan is conflicted over who is more important to her explains everything...

FÜCK OBAMA
FÜCK OBAMA

THe entire city is a disgrace.  A bunch of Obama voting left wingers put this bimbo into the mayors office, and now a city full of left wing democrats is getting trashed by a bunch of vile putrid left wing human debris...sorry, but no sympathy.  And that is the beautiful irony.  Most Occupy Cities are all democrat cities, full of Obama voters.  Left wingers committing crime and  making life miserable for left wingers...LOL...I love it.  The entire democrat party is a bastion of corruption.  

sternhead
sternhead

and Republican Wall Street isn't, of course  < another sub-70 IQ peabrainer/redneck simpleton.

FÜCK OBAMA
FÜCK OBAMA

lol....i love it when a left wing Obama voting BLUE city is thwarted and shut down by a horde of left wing socialists.

rockytony
rockytony

This writer infers an expectation that this mayor was actually equipped with experience and know how in order to resolve this situation quickly and smoothly. She was elected because of a flimsy voting system, had no experience and flip flopped too many times which only created more confusion to those she would need for assistance and to clean up the eventual mess she would leave in its wake. She had helped to drive off two experienced police chiefs who were equipped to handle this situation and capped it all off by "being one of them" instead for doing the job she took an oath to do. Consequently she now has a damaged city; fear reining among those who live there; lost what little respect the city of Oakland held on to; lost millions of dollars in much needed revenue; and continues to be a laughing stock to others.Her motherly approach did nothing but create more chaos and a mistaken belief that it was OK to express your first amendment rights and burn, and break and disrespect along with it. You have done a vast disservice to your people. Now reap the rewards.

tedpeters
tedpeters

The rest of the country can only look at this with eyes totally agape.

Herther
Herther

I'm a little concerned about the vilification of Mayor Quan. It seems to have left no responsibility on the police at all for their actions. Mayor Quan was an activist at one point, so the police already do not respect her. While I'm not excusing her behavior (I also find it troubling) I do not think she should be the only target for admonition. The Acting Chief of Police should also be called on to step down, whoever gave the order to strike last Tuesday, should also be called on to stand down. It is quite obvious that Mayor Quan has no, or very little, control over the police. Do not let them get away with their actions simply by throwing Mayor Quan under the bus! "I was just following orders" is NO excuse!!

njudah
njudah

Jean Quan is simply not qualified to be running a US City. She wants to have everything both ways to make everyone happy. Sorry, Jean, but you signed up for this job, either do it or move out of the way and let someone with more experience run the city for the benefit of all.

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