Oakland Mayor in D.C. Looking For Help, Funds

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    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Thursday that she's trying to get  more federal help in fighting her city's crime problem while she's in  Washington, D.C., to attend a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting and the  inauguration of President Obama.

    In a phone interview, Quan said she will be meeting with officials  from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and  Firearms to try to bring more law enforcement resources to Oakland, which had  131 homicides in 2012.

    Quan said an ATF task force helped Oakland police in a four-month  undercover operation in West Oakland last year that resulted in the arrest of  60 suspects and the seizure of 92 guns and large quantities of illegal drugs  and she hopes there can be a similar effort this year.

    The mayor said she also hopes the Department of Justice will  permit Federal Bureau of Investigation crime lab analysts to help Oakland  police investigate crimes.

    She said the FBI's crime lab "can move quickly in helping local  law enforcement leaders" fight crime.

    In addition, Quan said she and other mayors have conferred with  the Obama Administration in developing tougher gun control laws and are "very  pleased" with the recommendations that the president has put forward.

    Quan said she's happy that Gov. Jerry Brown has arranged for a  small group of California Highway Patrol officers to work 10-hour shifts  twice a week on violence-suppression efforts in East and West Oakland but  she's hoping that arrangement can be extended for a longer period of time.

    And she said she's "thankful" that the City Council's Finance  Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire 11 Alameda County sheriff's  deputies for up to 180 days at a cost of up to $265,000.

    The full City Council willameda County sheriff's  deputies for up to 180 days at a cost of up to $265,000.

    The full City Council will vote on that proposal and three other  crime-fighting measures at their meeting next Tuesday night.