Jean Quan Occupy Interview
November 16, 2011 by staff
Jakada Imani, Quan’s nominee for the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday afternoon, a few hours shy of a confirmation vote scheduled at the City Council. It did not appear that Imani had the votes.
Imani’s announcement follows the resignation Monday night of Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu and the news earlier Monday that Quan’s close friend Dan Siegel had quit his voluntary legal advisory role over the mayor’s second eviction of the Occupy Oakland encampment.
And those followed the earlier, high-profile resignations of police Chief Anthony Batts and elected City Attorney John Russo. Public relations guru Nathan Ballard, a respected crisis communication expert hired by Quan in the wake of Batts’ departure four weeks ago, also quit last week.
The resignations aren’t the only things dogging Quan; she also is facing a possible recall effort and a growing tally for costs associated with the Occupy movement. City Council President Larry Reid said that number would be closer to $5 million than the $2.4 million figure released Monday, and that doesn’t include lawsuits the city might face over use-of-force claims.
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