Quan Calls on Oaklanders to Volunteer

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During her inaugural speech Monday, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan called on Oakland residents to volunteer in their communities. She urged Oaklanders to form neighborhood crime watches, help clean-up their blocks, and to look out for each other. She also called on residents to join a volunteer organization, to “shop Oakland” and patronize city retailers, and to “discover Oakland” by visiting neighborhoods they’ve never seen or attending local events for the first time.

Quan also pitched her plan to recruit 2,000 volunteer mentors to work with troubled Oakland youth. “I’m asking you to come to City Hall tonight to sign up for this campaign,” she said to the large crowd at Oakland’s historic Fox Theater. Quan, who appeared confident and at ease during her inaugural speech, is hosting an open house tonight at City Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Quan, who served twelve years on the Oakland school board before joining the council in 2002, also said she plans to “put children at the heart of politics and the business of Oakland.” The new mayor also reached out to her opponents’ supporters to set aside their differences and work together to improve the city. “Whether you supported me or you didn’t support me, we are all family, and we all love this city,” she said.

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