Petition to recall Oakland mayor certified

AP file photoSignature-gathering on a petition to recall Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is set to get under way. Quan has come under fire for not doing enough to reduce crime or create jobs

Signature-gathering on a petition to recall Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is set to get under way.

The city clerk certified the petition on Wednesday. Backers now have until May 14 to collect roughly 20,000 valid signatures of registered Oakland voters to qualify a recall measure for a future ballot.

Gene Hazzard, who launched the recall drive, said Quan has not done enough to reduce crime, encourage sustainable development and create jobs. He plans to begin gathering signatures next week.

Quan said in a statement on Wednesday that she is focused on jobs, public safety and education to move the city forward.

A second recall petition has also been filed with the Oakland City Clerk. The city attorney has been asked to determine whether there can be two separate recall drives moving forward at the same time.

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