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Quan Warns Occupy Oakland Protesters To Keep The Peace

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is warning Occupy Oakland protesters at the city hall encampment to find a way to keep the peace and follow the rules, or else the camp will need to be dismantled again.

Quan said the Occupy organizers also need to keep vandals and anarchists from hijacking their movement as it is costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars and costing the movement its support.

“They have to take some responsibility, they have to step up. If they can’t abide by not camping at night and can’t control the violence, they need to work to see that they move the camp to a place that would be less disruptive,” she said.

Quan said the city can’t afford of repeat of the vandalism seen earlier this week.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Quan described Occupy Oakland as a no-win situation and costing the city $700,000 in extra police costs last week alone.  According to Quan, that’s money that should go towards storm damage – things like fallen trees, and violent crime, too.

“Other city services,” she warned, “won’t get done.”

“There’s about, what, 650 (officers) and they’re doing duty of 12-hour shifts,” explained KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier. “All vacations have been canceled. Days off have been canceled. And you’re doing a 12-hour shift and you’re either in downtown Occupy or the streets of East Oakland or somewhere else.”

According to Matier’s research, last Saturday well over 150 calls for service went unanswered. That, Matier reasoned, shows how stretched the police department is.

“They’re stretched on a good day,” he pointed out.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:

“And it’s information like that plus, you know, concerns about how much the city is spending to maintain this camp, it’s starting to bubble up at City Hall,” continued Matier.

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  • rob

    Hey Mayor

    I hate to break it to you but they are all one in the same group. They are out to destroy Capitalism and you’re helping !

  • PLW

    Too little, too late!!!!! I know it is difficult for Politicans to use common sense, but they should try harder! Vote these Loons out of office in 2012!!!!!!

  • TiredofPoliticians

    Mayor Quan,
    This is all your falt. You kick them out pf the park and then let them back in. You allow them to take over the Port and climb onto tractor trailers and damage peoples property. You are a worthless Mayor and you should be removed from Office. You have no leadership abilities and all you care about are votes and if you are going to get re-elected. You are a typical Politician, You only care about yourself. I can’t wait until you are out of Office.

  • Fed up

    Show your leadership Mayor Quan. So far we have not seen it. Our patience is running thin. Who is paying for the vandalism to the business owners? You are partly responsible for the escalation in violence.

  • Oakland Taxpayer

    So if I get this right, our mayor (and council too?) would prefer to have (outsiders included) occupy and cost Oakland, vs me, an Oakland homeowner/taxpayer who visits w/family-friends and spend monies in downtown? Please help me understand. Until, I’ll drive to San Leandro or Fremont or Hayward or Union City. Last I checked, they’re still open and not occupied.

    • Oakland Taxpayer

      “Sewer town?” Sarcastic, but I guess looking at your name, explains. Oakland is actually a very nice city and like most has it’s problems…this one was enhanced by the confusion. Move out, no. I will not be chased out. I assume you don’t reside in Oakland, but Oakland has a lot going for it… Chabot Space and Science, Oakland Museum, Jack London Square, and Oakland Zoo to name just a few sites very much worth visiting.

  • blow me

    just let 3 skunks loose in the area, that so do it

    • blow me too

      that funny, hahahaha

  • MJ12

    Someone pleae tell these “protesters” that the 60’s ended while they were high. It is time to face the reality.

  • How Me Owl

    Jean Quan should reisign as mayor. All she does is give mixed messages, avoids questions from media, blames other people but her self. As a mayor, would rate her job performance on a scale of 1 to 10, a 1. I would more than happy to sign the petition for her recall.

  • JohhnySak

    Oakland is in deep trouble…..businesses will leave the city and they should…..why put up with a city led by an unqualified moron….these 8-balls need to get on with their lives and get a JOB….you have had your say no move on……get your buddy OBAMA to bail all you out!!!!

  • tn

    “Occupy Oakland” should become “Reverse the Curse!” – E. Harris, Jerry Brown, R. Dellums, J. Quan.

  • Hellskater

    The so-called “riots” and “chaos” the money-fed media news would like us to believe were NOTHING. It was the work of a few bad apples that Occupy did not condone. They’re morons who seem hell-bent on discrediting a movement which is NOT just happening in Oakland. It’s global, and its time has come. Just being good little boys and girls, and keeping our noses to the grindstone and saying nothing while the banks, the government, Wall Street, the insurance companies, healthcare, and even our own employers rape us financially has gotten us WHAT? A zero-balance savings account? Foreclosure? Unemployment or underemployment due to rampant offshoring of American jobs? It’s time to wake up, people, or else this country will be owned outright by China and/or India in 20 years.

  • Hellskater

    PS: You wanna see RIOTS? Visit Oakland some evening after a major sports event. Especially if it’s the A’s or the Raiders, and they happen to win a game.

  • TiredOfPoliticians

    Mayor Quan says that the Occupy protesters need to be less disruptive or move to a place where they will be “less disruptive.” That’s funny. I always thought that the WHOLE POINT of a protest is to BE DISRUPTIVE! I’m not talking about the lunatics who think it’s okay to vandalize property and get violent. I’m talking about camping at night, and protesting in places which which make things inconvenient for people. These are the things which TRULY motivate people to listen and give them a reason to HAVE to change the problems facing our society.

    • Oakland Taxpayer

      Motivate “people,” to listen? Maybe instead, alienate those who supported the original “Occupy Wall Street.” “Occupy Oakland” changed the message and you suppose as the costs and chaos continues, Oakland taxpayers/voters/small business owners will embrace “Occupy Oakland?”

  • Eric

    What a dumb copout statement by Quan. That lady is a real joke. For a city in such a crisis, probably worse than any other city in the nation, she’s sure got handle on things.

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    How about she kicks them out already so we can stop hearing about what violence they cause every morning? I’ve never heard of someone who is so unwilling to kick out people breaking the laws that is her job to enforce.

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