Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Fights Recall

Effort to recall mayor appears to have fizzled, but Jean Quan had plenty to say about it anyway

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, May 9, 2012  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Fights Recall

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says it is time for Oakland to move on.

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Just as an effort to kick her out of office appeared to be losing steam, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan went on the offensive, saying that it is time for the city to move forward.

Quan was surrounded by supporters at a news conference Wednesday in Oakland where she addressed the move to recall her from office.

Quan thanked those who stood by her.

She said she's trying to stay focused on job creation and crime prevention and encouraged residents to move past the divisiveness caused by a recall.

The recall talk begin last year as Quan's popularity plunged over her handling of the clearing of Occupy Oakland.

Earlier this week, the "Committee to Recall Mayor Quan" told the Oakland Tribune that it has collected fewer than 7,000 signatures, which is less than half of the nearly 20,000 valid signatures needed to move forward with  a recall.

The deadline for the first signature petition against Quan is Thursday. Polls show a recall would not pass.

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