In a unexpected move, Mayor Jean Quan resigned today. She announced her decision at a hastily called press conference outside of City Hall. Citing her poor judgement, her inability to govern and her lack of interest in City Government, Quan said that “Oakland was better off without me.”
The Mayor issued an apology to Occupy Oakland, noting “You were right all along. I pandered to the interests of the one percent in Oakland; I cut the wages of city workers while enriching Oakland’s most fortunate; I did nothing to reform our worst in the nation police force; I watched as foreclosures and evictions swept through our city, devastating thousands.”
The Mayor went on to decry the “economic violence” of the one percent and the “police violence” that “resulted in the deaths of innocent young men on the street” and “massive lawsuit settlements that might have otherwise aided Oakland’s poorest.”
Handing in her resignation letter, the now ex-Mayor proceeded to grab the tent she had brought with her, march out onto the grass at Oscar Grant Plaza, and begin to set it up. She was promptly surrounded, beaten and finally arrested for resisting arrest by twenty members of the Oakland Police Department directed by City Manager Deanna Santana.
As of today, 4/1/2013, Her bail has not yet been set.