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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:14 AM
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Quan, Under Attack, Changes Course on Occupy Oakland
http://www.baycitizen.org/occupy-movement/story/quan-sh... /

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, under attack from inside and outside her administration, announced late Wednesday that Occupy Oakland can return to the plaza in front of City Hall, an abrupt reversal that followed a night of street violence Tuesday and widespread criticism over her handling of the crisis.

As more than 1,000 people descended on Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Wednesday night, Quan called for "a minimum police presence" and said nonviolent protesters would be allowed to re-occupy the area near City Hall. One day earlier, with Quan's authorization, 400 police officers had dismantled the tent city.

Quan has been facing a growing firestorm over what some describe as a tentative, out-of-touch approach to the crisis. Earlier, Quan admitted that she had not known that police were planning to evict the protesters early Tuesday morning, saying only that she had signed off on the plan.

Dan Siegel, the mayor's longtime friend and legal adviser, said he was considering resigning over the raid. He added that city officials were divided over how to handle Occupy Oakland. <snip>
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:17 AM
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1. She needs to
1. Apologize.
2. Fire the Chief of Police.
3. Resign.
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:18 AM
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5. Well stated!
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:19 AM
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7. I forgot one...
4. Pay the hospital bills for the Veteran who the cops attacked.
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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:27 AM
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16. indeed
I suspect that the city of Oakland is going to wind up paying for much more than that in his case.
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caledesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:31 AM
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17. Well said ju! n/t
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 10:32 AM by caledesi
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:19 AM
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26. Supplement point 2 by firing City Administrator Santana who
authorized the police raid.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:38 AM
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28. Yeah just found that out and included it on my other post..
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 11:38 AM by AsahinaKimi
Someone there said she had fired one of the Police Chiefs..(There is more than one?) I hope there is a link to that.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:42 AM
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30. +1
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:17 AM
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2. Seems like the Chickenhawks made the decison for her,
with the usual results. Like Iraq, just on a smaller scale.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:17 AM
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3. Wow! OWS has amazing power.
It continues to surprise me.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:40 AM
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29. This is the way it should be. a government that fears it's people. nt
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:18 AM
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4. I can see that she is not led by her own mind
I believe she has too many advisors.
This is what happens with these people, and how they get out of touch with the common folk.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:20 AM
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8. Too many .01% advisers. nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:22 AM
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10. She's already in the middle of a recall with a new interim police chief.
This is a bad situation.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:19 AM
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6. "City officials were divided"
So naturally, Quan and the cops take the most divisive course, the one that causes the most harm and damage that can never be undone. That's some brilliant leadership and governance, there. Oh, and as the cherry topping this shit sundae, Quan claims she signed off on the cops' plan, but didn't really know what it was. Can we put her in charge of something a little less potentially harmful? Like pushing the "up" button for the elevator in the City Hall lobby?
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:20 AM
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9. how do you sign off on a plan
when you don't know what it is?! i call bullshit.

at best she didn't know the police were going to shoot people and destroy property wantonly. that may have been decided just on the way while they were donning their riot gear.
it's bullshit that she didn't know the occupiers would be evicted.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:37 AM
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19. When you're not doing your job. (nt)
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FedUp_Queer Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:22 AM
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11. Lights, cameras!
This is exactly why we need to shine the light of day on these actions; this is why we need cameras, video and real time reporting of what's going on. Simple exposure is how we win. Why is that? Because WE are the ones who have nothing to hide.
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caledesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:36 AM
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18. Well said F! n/t
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:23 AM
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12. She needs to go. Pronto.
K&R
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:26 AM
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13. buh-by ms. quan -- time for you to go. nt
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justiceischeap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:26 AM
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14. how does she sign off on a plan & know nothing about it? nt
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xiamiam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:38 AM
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20. there were police brought in from all over the bay area..how much did that cost?
as far south as gilroy..how much did that cost?..somebody needs to be fired ..probably a lot of people
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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:25 PM
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31. around a million bucks for everything... 500k for PD overtime
From the article linked....

<snip>
City finance officials now expect the costs of the eviction, cleanup and response to the protests to surpass $1 million, with at least half going to police overtime, according to sources familiar with the projections.

Wall Streets not going broke, but the city of Oakland will, one finance official said. Were spending money on resources we definitely dont have. </snip>

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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:01 AM
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24. incompetent coward nt
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:26 AM
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15. Fire the Chief and
all the brass that had anything to do with the plan. Otherwise, she's toast.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:38 AM
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21. On Alternet too. WHOOP!
Oakland Mayor Now Supports the Occupy Movement, Orders "Minimal Police Presence"

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/686295/jea...
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:45 AM
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22. The type of thing OWS needs to have happening nationwide.
Now she needs to be watched to see whether her actions follow her words. If so, it's a win.
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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:59 AM
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23. She blinked
we are winning...
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GreatCaesarsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:15 AM
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25. Oakland needs quality not Quan-ity
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:21 AM
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27. Hah! Instant DUzY! - n/t
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