Jean Quan Watch: Supporter’s vow to fight any recall attempt of Oakland Mayor

Supporters of Jean Quan representing East Oakland’s African-American religious community, Chinese-American business owners in Oakland, teacher’s union members and the Longshoremen’s Union are vowing to oppose “recall happy” efforts to throw Oakland’s controversial Mayor out of office.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan sounds opening of footrace, photo courtesy Ella Baker Center, Flicker


Spokesmen J. Alfred Smith, Jr., pastor of the Allen Temple Baptist Church and Carl Chan of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, expressed support for Quan recently at a meeting to discuss their “vision for Oakland.”

Smith, at left, is a well-respected community leader and senior pastor in Oakland who holds both a Doctor of Ministry Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in African Studies, San Francisco State University.  He is a lecturer at San Francisco State University in African Studies as well.

Members of “Occupy Oakland” are upset with Quan and are threatening to organize a recall campaign against her.  Opponents of Quan have not yet filed any formal papers to initiate petition gathering to qualify any recall for the ballot.  News reports characterized the anti-recall meeting of Quan’s supporters as “remarkable” since no papers have been filed yet.

It is clear that the lines are being drawn in Oakland regarding Jean Quan.  It will be interesting to see if the broader business community and other interest and demographic groups see Oakland best-served by the opportunity to team up with Quan, or rather Occupy Oakland, on any recall campaign.



  1. I am not so sure how much support there is for opposing a recall at this point.

    “Supporters of Jean Quan representing East Oakland’s African-American religious community, Chinese-American business owners in Oakland, teacher’s union members and the Longshoremen’s Union”

    Are any of those ORGANIZATIONS willing to publicly oppose a recall? I do not know if they represent their communities as you have just defined them, or if that is just where they come from.

    A recall is not an impeachment. It is a lack of faith and trust.

    On the legal side there are some serious democracy issues. The exact rules of a recall in California are not very democratic and do not make a lot of constitutional sense. We will need only a majority to remove and even less to elect a replacement. The exact rules by which a replacement would be voted for are also not so democratic. If we go by State rules, and we may have to, then the candidate with the most votes would win, even if that was less than half. That would probably give us a new mayor who had less votes than the current one. If we use City rules, then we have an instant run off vote, which is better.

    On the on faith and trust issue there are more pressing questions. It seems that Ms Quan never had the support of the recall petitioners. Has she lost the support of her own supporters? Will Block by Block people continue to support her after the police crack downs against Occupy? Has she explained her “coordination” with a bunch of right wing mayors, including the billionaire mayor of NYC who have a sudden national interest in public sanitation? How will she explain her and Bloomberg reading from the same set of talking points?

    Taking a step back to the budget debate one wonders how much of her “progressive” support lost its enthusiasm with the proposal to close the libraries and the lack of leadership and new ideas in the whole process.

    We Greens are like the conservatives, we never were her supporters, with the difference that we are proposing changes to the charter to make it more democratic and make our elections less money driven. To recall the mayor is probably to blame the messenger. The message is that our city needs to reform its charter and budget process both.

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