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Oakland Mayor Apologizes for Promoting Lock-Pick Class

March 05, 2013  | 

Photo via JeanQuan.org.
Photo via JeanQuan.org.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is on the defensive, after a recent newsletter sent by her office included a plug for a class on how to pick locks.

Quan apologized Wednesday, after outraged residents blasted her on an online neighborhood forum. The class description also included an announcement that lock-pick sets would be sold to those who signed up, reports the Oakland Tribune.

"This is awful," one person wrote on the forum. "How could she possible do that in this climate? What's next? The fundamentals of armed robbery?"

Mayor Quan's public image took another hit Tuesday, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 60% of Oakland reisdents disapprove of the mayor and 65% said the city is heading in the wrong direction.

The first in a series of town hall meetings about reforming the Oakland Police Department are scheduled for Wednesday. Consultant Bill Bratton has been hired to help the department "tackle a violent crime wave while also softening its image," reports the Chronicle.

Tags: Oakland PD, Elected Leaders, burglary, Community Relations, William Bratton


Comments (3)

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Really? @ 3/6/2013 6:42 AM

Talk about an incredibly thoughtless and brainless act! Mayor Quan should be removed from office.

Trigger @ 3/6/2013 11:23 AM

Maybe one of the students will pay her a visit at home.

Cpt. Dennis Erickson ( U. @ 3/8/2013 4:55 AM

Hello , I think public ignorance is an outrage .. Any 10 year old child can watch YouTube if they wanted to learn illegal methods of gaining entry for malicious intent . I have been teaching basic Emergency Lock Picking to DOD/ LEO personnel for 20 years ,and I have heard the stygmatic rantings of those who have no clue that the people that actually sign up for these classes are usually in some form of public service or interested in Lock Sport , which is simply competitive Lock Picking for time , to which these folks look at locks like puzzles ,often helping the industry develop safer technology.. The Folks writing in to knock the Mayor have little to no clue of what they speaking of...
Cpt. Dennis Erickson (U.S. Army Ret)
DOD Tactical Response Instructor

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