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Merc takes an editorial lick at Jean Quan

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

imageThe Mercury News editorial board takes its turn to throw darts Mayor Jean Quan’s way for her handling of the Occupy Oakland protests thus far, saying the one-time UC Berkeley student activist’s “struggle has been painful to watch.” An excerpt:

When individuals reach a pinnacle of power, they never know when that first real test of their leadership will smack them head-on. For Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, it was Occupy Oakland, and she never saw it coming. Her struggle has been painful to watch.

Oakland is a very different city from, say, San Jose, whose Occupy protest at City Hall so far has been low-key. However, setting some basic standards and sending a consistent message from Oakland City Hall surely could have averted the worst of what happened over the past week.

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