Quan to Occupy Oakland: Shape up or ship out
(11-04) 12:08 PDT OAKLAND -- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the Occupy Oakland protesters camped outside City Hall need to move to a "less disruptive" location if they can't learn to behave themselves.
"They have to take some responsibility, they have to step up," she told KCBS-AM in an interview. "If they can't abide by not camping at night and they can't control the violence, they need to work with the city to move the camp to a place that will be less disruptive."
Quan told KCBS she didn't know where that new location could be, but jokingly suggested San Francisco.
Quan's administration has gone back and forth on what to do with the camp in Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway, where there are now about 165 tents. First she supported protesters, then approved a police sweep to clear the encampment Oct. 25, then allowed the tents to return.
At a lengthy meeting Thursday night, several members of the City Council hinted that they would like the camp to go away.
That might be easier said than done, Quan told KCBS.
"It is a no-win situation because I would guess a majority of people in the city support the movement in general," she said. "I just don't think they want it in their backyard."