By Gregory K. Taylor
A bird landed on my shoulder today and chirped in my ear that a clandestine meeting was held last night around 6:00pm, location unknown, regarding the recalling of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Reported in attendance were four disparate factions that would normally be at each other’s throats were it not for the universal dissatisfaction with Mayor Quan. They have all agreed to bury their respective hatchets (for now) in order to present a united front to rid Oakland of the current Mayor.
I am told that individuals representing (1) the O.P.O.A. (Oakland Police Officer’s Assoc.), (2) former State Senator and recently defeated Mayoral candidate Don Perata, (3) Chamber of Commerce interests, and (4) a loose confederation of activist’s interests were there. Topics discussed at this meeting were strategy and the necessary bankroll needed to finance such a recall effort. A figure of $75,000.00 was agreed upon and Don Perata’s Bloc would supply the majority ($60,000.00) of the money.
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In addition, and not so secret, is an attempt by city council members to get a quorum of five for a “No Confidence” vote in the Mayor
If all the above is factual, then Mayor Quan has only herself to blame for this rebellion. Her micro-managing of the Police Department (which led to the departure of Chief Batts) and her bungling of the Occupy Oakland encampment mess and her subsequent waffling on removing the squatters has cost the city of Oakland dollars it can ill afford.