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Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Recall Effort

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – KCBS, CBS 5 and SF Chronicle Insider Phil Matier shared his thoughts on the recall effort for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

Quan picked up some support in her fight against the recall effort from the Alameda Labor Council.

“The recall was launched by opponents of Jean Quan and it really picked up steam after Occupy,” Matier said.

Matier claims Quan is trying to get her friends in labor to say this recall is a bad idea for the city. Matier said this support may not be enough, and they are easier to fight once they make the ballot.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:

Matier said Quan is very close with labor.

“Jean has been very tight,” he said. “When push comes to shove, they rally around.”

Matier said right now the recall effort is ruled by emotion.

“It’s not your friends that keep the recall from happening or not happening,” he said. “It’s your enemies.”

Matier said no names have been seriously discussed to take Quan’s place.

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  • Phil White

    Sure Quan is close with Labor and they are both close with the Occupy Groups!
    The nut does not fall far from the tree!

  • Leslie Lee

    Hi Phil
    I think you forgot Mayor Jean Quan was not endorsed by Alameda Labor Council one year ago. Their support now is purely an expression of seeing how hard Mayor Quan worked for Oakland. CBS does not seem neutral to me. You seem to take Recall Supporter’s word without checking facts. Mayor Quan has ran a TownHall in each of seven districts, organized safety summits, cleaned up East Oakland (80 tons of garbage collected) while keeping herself accesssible. You can see her in almost every Oakland events. This is all in less than one year in office. What other Oakland Mayor has done that?

  • atam

    Thanks for pointing out that most voters are emotional right now and is not making the right decision. It will cost city of Oakland over 1 million dollars to do the recall. Moreover there will be runoff, no rank choice because the recall will follow California state procedures. No candidate will get a majority vote. In the mean time there won’t be stability in City Hall to work for people of Oakland. It’s tyranny of the minority, only 10% of voters’ approval is necessary to cause havoc for the rest of us.

  • Sergio

    Hello Phil,

    I here your segment every morning at 750am. My name is Sergio U. Santos former President of the UAW at NUMMI in Fremont CA, I represented 4700 members.

    I would like to share my thoughts a Recall election would be a waste of time and Money Quan has not done anything unethical, to violate the public’s trust even if local residents disapprove of how she has dealt with the Occupy encampment. The Occupyers have done a great job agitating the mayor enough is enough. it’s not about Quan it’s about WALL STREET and the BANKS “That isn’t a reason to recall mayor Quan”

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  • Stephanie Leigh

    Dec 21 letters to the editor

    Letters from our readers
    Oakland Tribune
    © Copyright 2011, Bay Area News Group
    Posted: 12/20/2011 03:24:40 PM PST
    Updated: 12/20/2011 05:36:38 PM PST

    Quan finds innovative method to fight crime
    It appears that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has happened onto an innovative way to fight crime: Asking Occupy Oakland demonstrators who blocked the Port of Oakland to please don’t do that.
    Now if she’ll write open letters to burglars, robbers, car thieves, drug dealers, rapists and murderers, Oakland’s crime rate will be zero.
    She’s a disgrace.
    Ed Lee
    Palo Alto

    • A non follower

      Sergio you are such a DUNCE!
      Learn some grammer!
      Good luck in the real world! You are going to need it

  • Naomi Schiff

    It is remarkable how clueless the SF pundits are about Oakland politics. The recall effort appears to be a parallel effort by the longtime Quan opponents on her right and the newfound occupy opponents on her left. It is hard to see how they will agree on a new mayoral candidate. I’d think both sides would find themselves better off with Quan than with trying to pick between a cast of lusterless candidates likely to run in a sudden election. This recall is a complete waste of time and money, likely just to throw the city into further chaos, especially with its current challenge of precipitous redevelopment death engineered by redevelopment beneficiary, ex-mayor Jerry Brown. I don’t think Matier has done much homework on this. He is opining without having really looked into the complexity of the situation. We desperately need thoughtful and informed journalism about the east bay, and useful opinion. This ain’t it.

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