Friday Must Read: Mayor Quan Criticized, Thanked; Is Rick Perry Toast?

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is coming under heated criticism because overgrown vegetation at her Oakland home appears to represent not only a fire hazard but blight under city law, KTVU and the Chron report. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, City Hall gadfly Ken Pratt displayed photos of the mayor’s home and called her the “Queen of Blight.” A gardener hired by Quan’s family said he was dispatched to clean-up vegetation at the home after the council meeting. At a press briefing, Quan admitted that she has not maintained vegetation in front of her home during much of the past two years while she was campaigning and then taking over as mayor. She and the fire department also said that none of her neighbors have complained and that her home has repeatedly passed fire inspections.

Overgrown vegetation hides Quans home.

  • Overgrown vegetation hides Quan’s home.

2. Quan, meanwhile, appeared to reassure the federal judge who is considering placing the Oakland Police Department in receivership because of its slow progress in adopting mandated reforms, the Trib reports. “I’m committed as mayor to end this so you can go on and we can go on,” Quan told Judge Thelton Henderson at a hearing yesterday. “Thank you for those comments and that commitment,” the judge responded. “I’m encouraged by that.” Henderson had been considering putting OPD under federal receivership right away, but decided to give the mayor and the department until January. Still, Henderson remains frustrated at OPD’s lack of progress and called out the department for its “culture of resistance” to the mandated reforms.

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