Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Bryan Parker, right, with fellow Oakland mayoral candidate Courtney Ruby at a candidates forum in August, is marking the anniversary of Occupy Oakland, not the movement , but the raid on it three years ago. PHOTO/Steven Tavares

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Bryan Parker’s campaign is celebrating the three year anniversary this month of the Occupy Oakland movement in Oakland not by lauding its social impact on the city and country, but by declaring his candidacy mayor will stop another protest from happening again.

“Three years ago this month, our city was locked in the throes of the Occupy Oakland movement and in ten days, we will mark the third anniversary of the raid on the Occupy Oakland encampments – a day when three City Hall insiders who are currently running to be the next mayor allowed Oakland businesses to be vandalized and civil rights to be violated,” Parker said in a press release Wednesday.

Parker, whose campaign has struggled to gain much traction despite being one of the top-funded in the mayor’s race, says the three current Oakland elected officials in the race did nothing to stop the Occupy Oakland movement from causing physical damage to the city. Incidentally, those same candidates—Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Libby Schaaf—are viewed as the three top front runners in next month’s election.

“The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior,” Parker continued. “Quan, Kaplan, and Schaaf failed to lead all Oaklanders–protesters, police, small business owners, average residents–with courage and competence through the contentious Occupy months. Mayor Quan was out of town and Councilmembers Kaplan and Schaaf sat idly by. They failed to lead in the past, they will fail to lead again in the future.”

Parker’s comments, seemingly pulled from the dystopian film, The Hunger Games, is not surprising for its pro-business slant. The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has endorsed his campaign as did the moderate-leaning editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle. Parker is also one of the few mayoral candidates not in favor of Measure FF—the city’s referendum to raise its minimum wage to $12.25—an issue of income inequality that was the impetus for the Occupy Oakland protests.

Categories: Bryan Parker, Chamber of Commerce, Jean Quan, Libby Schaaf, Measure FF, minimum wage, Oakland, oakland mayor, occupyoakland, San Francisco Chronicle

8 replies

  1. EBCitizen is anti-biz! Whodda thought? What exactly are pro sports teams?


  2. Parker will be starting riots all over the place. This useless fool, Commissioner of the Port of Oakland, didn't even stop illegal protesters at the port when an Israeli ship tries to unload shipment.


  3. This guy is delusional.


  4. “Parker will be starting riots all over the place.”

    Usually the moderate corporate types aren't into throwing bricks and getting clubbed by cops. They have more interesting hobbies.


  5. He clearly has not clue how this works!


  6. the fact that he is against Measure FF, disqualifies him for any local elective office, in my book


  7. By MW:

    A few comments for Steven Tavares in regard to Bryan Parker, and which might be a good idea to check out.

    1. There are some stories going around, and which I believe at least one other Bay area newspaper has discussed, that Bryan Parker, and who is a lawyer, has been accused of domestic violence by at least two past girlfriends.

    (NOTE: Lawyers, and aside from being head and shoulders “above” all other major professions in the percentage of their members who are alcoholics and/or drug addicts, are also the “leaders,” and in fact runaway leaders, in the percentage of their members who engage in domestic violence. Of course, and on the other hand, Joel Young and Nadia Lockyer, and who are both lawyers, have repeatedly “proven” that lawyers are intelligent, well behaved, level headed, stable, and reliable people.)

    2. Also, Bryan Parker seems to have an interesting history with the California State Bar.


  8. Parker is really not qualified.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: