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There she goes again—Jean Quan flubs another crime stat

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oakland’s mayor has a reputation for at times citing crime statistics that don’t quite add up. She apparently did it again during a KCBS radio interview Monday. In the interview, the mayor said that “for the last two months, violence in Oakland has been way down” and that “for six weeks there had been no murders east of High Street in East Oakland,” says the Chronicle’s Politics Blog, which calls her on it. An excerpt:

Problem is, there have been seven homicides east of High Street over the past six weeks, according to Shine in Peace, an online journalism project launching soon that’s tracking shootings and homicides in Oakland and noticed Quan’s statement.

“There’s no six-week period in 2013 where there were no homicides east of High Street,” said Susie Cagle, the project director.

Noted: Mayor’s office spokesman Sean Maher says the Quan quote was taken out of context; KCBS reporter Jeffrey Schaub disputes that.

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