Quan: “Youth confessed to me that if they had jobs they wouldn’t be selling drugs”

From left to right: Pastor David Kiteley, Mayor Jean Quan, Bishop Bob Jackson and Pastor Russell Duley. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By David Scott Mayor Jean Quan addressed the Pastors of Oakland last week at Calvary Temple in Oakland to speak about jobs, education and the future of Oakland. Quan the first Chinese-American Mayor of a major U.S. city, told the ministers about her invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the White House with San Francisco interim-Mayor Ed Lee, to meet with President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China at  a State Dinner. She also reported that in another recent meeting with White House Staff that she would be receiving resources for jobs and job creation in Oakland. Quan informed the pastors that all the Unions of Oakland are on the verge of negotiating new contracts that need to be approved by the City Council. When asked about the proposal to close 10 out of 14 Libraries including African-American Museum and Library of Oakland,  Mayor Quan  replied, “The libraries are safe, don’t worry. We need the Republican Party to release the budget which is being held hostage, so we can generate summer jobs for our youth. Many young men that I spoke with confessed that if there were jobs available, “I wouldn’t be selling drugs”. She said because, “Most crimes are committed on Friday and Saturday evenings, in consequence we are launching Late Night Live.  The East Oakland Youth Development Center, Rainbow Recreation Center, and Occur Computer Labs will be open late both nights for our youth. 100 Black Men have stepped up to the plate, volunteering their time to support our youth,”  Said Mayor Quan.
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