Oakland Mayor Jean Quan isn’t waiting to see if the recall drive against her qualifies for the ballot – she already has a well-oiled campaign up and running to keep her job. And with good reason. Joe Tuman, a San Francisco State political science professor and KPIX political analyst who placed fourth in the 2010 mayoral election, tells us that if the recall qualifies, “I would definitely run.” Tuman’s entry would offer Quan’s opponents an alternative to the only other announced candidate so far, City Councilman and former mayoral candidate Ignacio De La Fuente, whom some see as unelectable. So it may be no surprise that an estimated 21,000 Oakland voters recently got a glossy, eight-page mailer, Oakland on the Rise – State of the City, Mayor Jean Quan.
The mailer, which featured a logo remarkably similar to the city’s and an invite to a City Hall volunteer fair, was paid for by Stand With Oakland, a group made up of Quan supporters and her friends in the labor community.
“We feel very strongly that a recall would be unfair, divisive and incredibly expensive,” said Stand With Oakland coordinator Pam Drake. “Even with some of the mistakes, we still believe that Jean is the hardest-working mayor we’ve ever had,” Drake said.
Full Article: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan camp gears up.