On December 7, the Oakland City Clerk approved a petition submitted by the Committee to Recall Jean Quan and Restore Oakland. Then, on January 24, the City Clerk approved another petition submitted by a second group, the Committee to Recall Jean Quan Now. Gene Hazzard, one of the organizers of the first group, has since broken off and formed a third committee, which is also circulating the first petition.
Differences over legal technicalities and infighting have plagued the various recall campaigns within Oakland. From now until their June deadline, expect to see volunteers from three different “committees”—currently all unpaid—collecting signatures for two different petitions.
On Tuesday, Terence Candell, working with both the “Recall and Restore” and new Hazzard committees, was out in front of Grocery Outlet on Broadway, while later that night, volunteers for the first two groups collected signatures side-by-side in front of the Grand Lake Theater.
Corrections: Gene Hazzard’s new committee is circulating the first petition, and not a different, third one. Terence Candell is working with both the new Hazzard committee and the “Recall and Restore” Committee.