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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