Mayor Quan: Occupy Oakland Costs City Of Oakland $3 Million

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan

According to an email newsletter by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the decision to evict Occupy Oakland protestors has (so far) cost the City of Oakland $3 million. Here’s what Quan wrote:

This has been a tough few weeks for Oakland and for me as your Mayor. The national 99% movement continues to evolve, here in Oakland my goal all along is to balance the public’s right to free speech with the City’s responsibility for public safety. It’s been a delicate balance where whatever the decision, some will be unhappy.

The reasons we closed the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza need to be clear to everyone:

Occupy Oakland was unable to vote for non-violence or even for a group to meet with city representatives, the camp was unsafe for everyone. The murder last Thursday was only one of many incidents.
The economic impact on all the Downtown, Chinatown and other nearby businesses was costing the city jobs.
The drain on the resources of the whole city were unacceptable. The constant pull of police from neighborhoods coincided with an increase of shootings in the neighborhoods. The total cost will be around $3 million.

It’s not hard to ask what the cost to the City would have been if the encampment had been left alone and resources were used toward regular maintenance?

Just asking.

Stay tuned.

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Zennie Abraham
Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of zennie62blog.com and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.

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