OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland’s mayor-elect laid out an ambitious plan for her approach to the job, promising she would launch a new era at City Hall.
Outgoing Mayor Ron Dellums was often criticized for not being more available to the public. Jean Quan insisted she would be visible and accessible.
KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:
“We’re going to have town hall meetings in every council district at least once a month. And I plan to do the first round within the first one hundred days,” she declared. “Within the first year I plan to visit every neighborhood council, all 56 beats, and I plan to visit every school in Oakland within the first year.”
She said it was important to her that every Oakland resident felt that he or she had a voice.
“The one message I have to people in Oakland, I want to make sure that you’re heard. I’m not always going to agree with you, sometimes you’re going to disagree with me but I’m going to try to make sure that people are heard.”
She hoped to capitalize on her history-making win, becoming America’s first Asian woman to lead a major U.S. city.
“I have apparently, according to my relatives, been all over the Chinese papers. That’s millions of people in the last couple of days and that’s a great opportunity for Oakland.”
She also promised she would talk to the media, as often as asked.
“I have only turned down one media request in the last 72 hours and there’s been over one hundred.”
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