(KTSF by Michelle Yue)
The Alameda Labor Council, one of the largest unions in the East Bay, today expressed strong support for Mayor Jean Quan, vowing to defeat any attempt to recall her.
On December 5th, the council adopted an official resolution to oppose the recall. “It’s not timely with the kind of challenges that we have to change offices,”said Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council. “A recall is designed to deal with corruption, with something that is really egregious in terms of an elected office. I don’t see that in Mayor Jean Quan.”
Camacho also stressed that Mayor Quan has not even been in office for a year and it is unfair to recall her before her policies could show effects. She said, “I don’t know one mayor that actually has done phenomenally well to be able to create jobs just in one year. What we are saying is that she’s starting to set up good policies that would lead to creating good jobs.”
The Alameda Labor Council represents about 120 different unions in the East Bay with over 100,000 members. The council now calls on all members to oppose the recall effort.
The Oakland City Clerk approved a petition to recall Mayor Jean Quan earlier this month, allowing supporters to gather signatures from voters.
Supporters of the recall effort say they think Mayor Quan has failed to deliver real results in boosting the city’s economy and curbing its high crime rates. Many also state that Quan’s handling of the recent Occupy Oakland protest proves that she is incompetent as a leader.
Recall petitioners need to collect nearly 20,000 valid signatures by the middle of next May to put the recall before voters next November.
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