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Jean Quan’s inauguration festivities begin tonight

on January 2, 2011

Mayor-elect Jean Quan, who will officially be sworn in as Oakland’s new top official on Monday, January 3, is kicking off her new term in office with two days of ceremonies and parties. Here’s a list of inaugural events provided by Quan’s office; Oakland North suggests calling or emailing ahead when contact information is provided to ensure that events are not sold out since they’re bound to be highly attended. We’ve noted when other events are first-come, first-served.

Pre-Inauguration Celebration at Chabot Space and Science Center

January 2, 5-9 pm
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland.

Families and kids are welcome to enjoy music, food and the museum’s exhibits. $10 donation requested. RSVP to (614) 301-5163 or

Remembering & Making History Walk

January 3 8:30 – 10:30 am
Begins at Pacific Renaissance Plaza

Quan and her friends will walk throughout the downtown area, retracing her own history as well as that of the city, starting at Pacific Renaissance Plaza, making stops at  the Lincoln Elementary School, the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts and other destinations before finishing at the Fox Theatre, where Quan will take her oath of office. A map of the route is available here. Walkers are not necessarily guaranteed a spot inside the theater for the ceremony.

Official Inauguration Ceremony

January 3, ceremony at 11 am – 1 pm, doors at 10 am.
The Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue

Quan, as well as incoming school board and city council members and the new City Auditor, will be sworn in. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 10 am. A live telecast will also be available for viewing at City Council chambers and from the Den at the Fox Oakland.

Open House

January 3, 5 – 9 pm
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Families and kids welcome. Music, City Hall tours, and opportunities to take a photo at the new mayor’s desk will be available; so will opportunities to sign up to volunteer at local schools, parks and libraries.

Oakland North will cover Monday’s inauguration and festivities. In the meantime, please check out our exclusive video interview with Quan shortly after her electoral victory, or our special Campaign 2010 page.

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