Jean Quan Needs to Learn the Words “I Don’t Know”

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has received a considerable amount of bad press since taking office, and a substantial part of it has been self-inflicted. The most recent example is the San Francisco Chronicle story last week that revealed that Quan had made an inaccurate statement to the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury, concerning Oakland’s badly backlogged police crime lab. Quan told grand jurors that the FBI was helping clear the backlog when it was not. And her incorrect statement reflects what has become a troublesome pattern for the mayor — asserting something publicly when she clearly doesn’t know for sure whether what she is saying is true.

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