OAKLAND (KCBS) _ Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan took a victory lap on Sunday in the Montclair district, as she held the last neighborhood office hours of her City Council career.
She was surrounded by a steady stream of well wishers as she sat in her monthly booth at the Montclair Farmers Market for the very last time.
For eight years, Quan has been a neighborhood fixture. Now, she’s moving up to Oakland City Hall, where she hopes to replicate some of the successes she’s had on the district level.
KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:
“I think every neighborhood is much better organized,” Quan said. “I’m feeling very comfortable leaving. And I use it as a model for the city.”
Last week, the man she stunned to win the election, Don Perata, said he would reach out to her to offer his assistance. But they haven’t spoken yet.
“He hasn’t returned our call yet. We called him and said, let’s set up lunch,” she said. “So far, it hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll see.”
Quan said she understands because it was such a hard-fought race and it will take time for wounds to heal.
She said she will not waste any time and will do her best to try to fix some of the problems the city of Oakland is facing, including crime, economics and education.
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