OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland’s new mayor met with rank and file members of the city’s police department Tuesday morning.

Jean Quan said she was looking to improve what’s been a tense relationship between elected officials and law enforcement over the last year.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Quan was greeted by Police Chief Anthony Batts as she arrived in the pre-dawn hours to meet with the 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. shift workers.

Quan was not endorsed by the union representing police officers, and has disagreed with police leadership over pension costs.

“We’ve always been willing to talk about pensions and stuff like that but it’s the idea that we have to have some fairness here,” said Dominic Arotzarena, president of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association.

Quan acknowledged other contentious disagreements, as well.

“As I said this morning, we’re working with the 500 kids that get arrested every year, we’re working the 300 kids that age out of foster care. Many of them are recruited into crime because they literally become homeless when they’re 18 if they don’t continue in school.”

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Comments (7)
  1. wayman says:

    Congratulations Oakland for a new begining!!! It has to be better than Ron ” I am not here” Dullums. A mayor more concern with his personal appearence and political posturing.
    I hope that Jean Quan will produce results that bridge the communities together.

  2. David K. says:

    This is the same woman who tried to blockade police during last summer’s Oscar Grant riots. What a disaster.

  3. Ladyfriend Hunt says:

    Wow, Mayor Quan SHOWED UP for something. Just a few days into her term and she’s already accomplished more than Dellums!

  4. Mark says:

    I hope that Mayor Quan and Chief Batts can work harmoniously together and do what needs to be done for Oakland. My best wishes.

  5. Bruce says:

    Dellums was just the Ron guy for the job. LOL

  6. theblackwhole says:

    This “article” reports nothing.

    Given the deep divide between many people in Oakland and the opd over wrongful deaths and outright killings of unarmed residents, there’s way more than pensions and overpaid cops to address!

    We finally have a real mayor. How about a real media?

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