Occupy Oakland: City Council Turns on Mayor Jean Quan

Categories: Occupy Bay Area
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Quan is quickly learning that being the mayor of Oakland actually kinda sucks
Mayor Jean Quan is now taking heat from her colleagues at City Hall after a group of city councilmembers did what they say Quan should have done days ago: Marched down to the encampment and demand that police dismantle Occupy Oakland and let downtown get back to business.

What's more, the group made it clear they have zero confidence in Quan, who is trying too hard to please them all. Quan was heavily criticized after she ordered the police to raid the Occupy Oakland camp on Oct. 25. Officers stormed the camp, breaking down tents and arresting 79 protesters. The raid led to chaos and, later, a violent scene in downtown Oakland. While footage of police tossing flash-bang grenades and teargassing protesters looped on local and national news, Quan started to crumble.

She then ordered police to let the Occupy Oakland camp return to Frank Ogawa Plaza -- peacefully.

But that hasn't exactly smoothed things over for Quan, who was elected mayor just a year ago. Businesses then dogpiled on her last week, detailing just how bad the economy has been since the squatters moved back in front of City Hall -- and they are multiplying by the day.

To make her situation worse, her own council is now turning on Quan, calling on police to remove Occupy Oakland -- immediately. Yesterday, City Council President Larry Reid, along with Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente, Desley Brooks, Libby Schaaf, and Pat Kernighan, marched down to the encampment chanting "Occupy Oakland must go!" One goal of the press conference, which naturally drew lots of media attention, was certainly to make Quan look like a deficient leader.

"If the mayor doesn't want to do her job, well, we're going to do our job," Reid said.

De La Fuente shook his head, adding: "Failed is not even the right word," he told reporters. "She cannot handle this."

True to form, Quan pulled an about-face --- again. She issued a statement yesterday asking the Occupy Oakland camp pack and leave, just a week after she allowed them to return to the plaza.


Stay tuned; we're sure there is more drama where this came from.

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StanChaz
StanChaz

America used to work.  The people had work. The system worked. Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work...(sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect - but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. And now we seem to have an economy and a political system that works only for the rich. What they call "trickle down economics"... just leaves most of us out in the cold cold rain. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be.  Occupy Wall Street is no longer just  a place called  Zuccotti Park -  Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can try to pen us in, you can beat us and arrest us, you can mace and tear-gas us , and you can try to "permit" us to death....but you can't kill an idea. You can't keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life.....a life with dignity and freedom....for us... for our kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city - because  OWS is us, and for us, and by us. It comes up from the grassroots, and it lifts us up in turn. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! ...We want our lives back!... We want our future back! ....So why not take some time, find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this:  Each of us has only one brief life...one chance...and many choices. It’s time to choose...and to act.  If not now...then when?  If not you, then... who? You DO have the power my friend....and the choice is yours. 

citizensane2
citizensane2

Less Quan, More Cops    It's time to move the occupy encampment along and make way for  the people who truly make a change every day - the ones who go to work, pay taxes, live by the rules and create jobs.  In Oakland it's not poverty that causes crime, it's crime that causes poverty.   What employer in its right mind would now willingly relocate to Oakland and create jobs and provide the economic opportunities the occupy movement allegedly is calling for when a potential employer  faces the conditions/violence brought about by at least some of the occupy folks.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

The conditions and violence are caused by the police.

And BTW, nobody moves to Oakland if they can afford it.

citizensane2
citizensane2

Yeah right - must have been the cops who paralyzed that little boy who while taking piano lessons on Piedmont Avenue was shot by a worthless POS thug; or what about that little 3 year girl in East Oakland shot by more POS thugs while committing a drive by, or how about the little boy who witnessed his hard working father murdered in cold blood by yet another worthless bit of vermin; or how about the owner of Otaez shot in cold blood while working 7 days a week to employ hundreds of Oaklanders in his restaurants.  Where is the outrage when these pieces of human debris create mayhem on a daily basis?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

What kind of insane world you live in where teargassing and severely injuring peaceful protestors counts as keeping the streets safe?

citizensane2
citizensane2

Nonsense.  The authorities didn't "create" violence, the protesters who attacked the cops brought it upon themselves.  Cops weren't responsible for the destruction of small businesses the night of the general strike.  If Occupy crowd can't weed out the degenerates within their own ranks no matter how small a percentage they have failed.  We should all be thankful for the thin blue line that's out on the streets of Oakland every day trying to keep them safe for all of us. 

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

You seem to be forgetting that Occupy was a peaceful movement BEFORE the cops showed up and turned it into a war zone.

When the authorities create violence, it attracts violent people to fight back.  And those aren't the folks you want.

Quan and her cops created this mess; now everyone has to pay.

njudah
njudah

Quan is a failure because she wants to have it both ways. She has to be a leader and do what's best for all of the people of Oakland. She only had a small percentage of support in the election, she got elected by accident, and now she's so unpopular she's hated by the left, the right and the center. Time for her to just admit she's not up to the job and quit while she can. She should call Ed Jew up to see how he quit when he was found to be a doofus elected under RCV.

Mike_hardesty7
Mike_hardesty7

As a longtime resident of the Oaktown hood I support the recall of the utterly incompetent Mis-Mayor Quan, who lost to Don Perata and only 'won' with the crooked IRV voting systemthought up by the Big Bruce Loser Tribe at the Bay Guardian. Even our many braindead left-libbies here are waking to this horrible excuse for a Mayor. She should be barred from ever running for any electoral office again.

Bruno Pitoncho
Bruno Pitoncho

Don Perata got a lot of money from prison guard union, yeah more people like Don to expand the prisons.

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