Chronicle Editors Outraged, Mayor Reads News Online!

Mayor Jean Quan with her husband, Dr. Floyd Huen

The San Francisco Chronicle is on a tear. They have spent years and presumably thousands of their hard-earned dollars paying columnists to trash Oakland. I think the only mayor we ever had that they didn’t attack with such ferocity was, yeah, you guessed it, Jerry Brown. But Jerry was clearly part of the political establishment.

I won’t try to psychologize why they never found anything that about Dellums to like. It might have started with Dellums’ own disparagement of the press and just gone downhill from there. But, it wasn’t just Dellums, whenever possible they castigated city council members except for maybe,  de la Fuente (a Perata ally).

But now their editorial team is reaching so far out to find fault, that it’s becoming laughable. First the Chron editorial team meets with our new mayor and nitpicks its way through a nasty depiction of her new administration.

Then they declare that “Quan should be outraged”. Maybe they missed all her press briefings, “Open letter to Occupy Oakland”, and her outraged defense of port workers and port business while they were sitting in a corner of their San Francisco ivory tower reading print editions of their paper.

Let’s see, no city has been able to control its “occupations” without overwhelming force and heavy expenditures, but Quan should have able to do better than all of them. The port, which sits in our city, represents commerce from around the entire Bay area; yet we are still expected to beg or pay for assistance from other police agencies-dealing with the aftermath alone when they don’t follow our “crowd control” rules, including the resulting lawsuits and negative publicity.

Okay, yeah, guess our new mayor isn’t superwoman although even the Chronicle could never fault her work ethic and dedication to our town. But the other issue they have with her is that she reads the newspaper online. Wow, since the majority of newspaper readers in this day and age, digest their news online, is this for real?

Why don’t these cranky folks come out and say what they have against our mayor and our city? I don’t know what their problem is; but since I do read their paper (in print form most days), I have noticed a pattern: delegitimizing our system of voting and disparaging our grassroots work.

The folks at the Chron endorsed the machine candidate for mayor and fully expected him to win. When he didn’t, numerous stories began to appear casting aspersions on RCV, ranked-choice-voting, which I admit, helped to elect the first grassroots mayor in our history.

In terms of that silly resolution demanding the city prevent any future port closures, well, that was just posturing and carried with it no guarantee of how that might be accomplished.

Occupy Oakland has said that it no longer sees that as a tactic, but now some of the more reactionary elements in the movement may want to take on the challenge issued by de la Fuente. I hope they won’t be goaded into such a wrongheaded move; but I think the attention the resolution brought to the difficulties all cities face in these days of turmoil, did more to promote uncertainty than to contain it.

3 Comments on "Chronicle Editors Outraged, Mayor Reads News Online!"

  1. You go grl. My inner Viking has gone to Vulcan to forge a new hammer that I’ll be hurling at those white boys who can’t stand the thought or realiy of a woman of Asian heratage calling them on on thier shit. Well this is one old white guy who is ready to take them on.

  2. I’m sure the Chron hasn’t noticed that they are NOT the newspaper of Oakland. They never have been. The Chron does not report the news from Oakland unless it’s bad, and often not even then. A good case can also be made that the remains of the Oakland Tribune is no longer Oakland’s newspaper.

    The newspapers with the best Oakland coverage are the East Bay Express and Oakland Local– both of which are available online. Oakland North makes an uneven showing because it’s a student project, but is worth putting in one’s feed reader.

  3. If your complaint is that the Chron unfairly disparages the work of Quan as Mayor, why don’t you tell us just why we should think that she has been doing a good job. Yes, you provide her with excuses, but you don’t explain how well she is doing as a political leader in Oakland. I, as well as many others in Oakland, think that Quan is a particularly poor leader, decisionmaker and manager, and seems so especially in this day when Oakland does have so many serious problems, financial, public safety and quality-of-life, especially for the African-Americans who are so victimized by the violence and lack of jobs and other community failures.

    By the way, can you articulate Quan’s vision for Oakland? I am not aware that she has any vision, any specific goals or any plan on how to move Oakland towards solving some of its problems.

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